DIY Mormon Art

Step One: Be nice to Ardis so that she’ll send you high-resolution files of art that you have fallen in love with.

Step Two: Wait for artists’ canvas to go on sale at Michael’s.

Step Three: Buy photo transfer paper, muslin, and mounting hardware.

Step Four: Print out the art work onto the transfer paper.

Step Five: Find your iron.

Step Six: Iron the transfer paper onto the muslin.

Step Seven: Cut the muslin so that it is as big as the canvas plus a two-inch border on each side.

Step Eight: Wrap muslin around canvas and tape on the back. (I used yellow electrician’s tape left over from putting stripes on a black t-shirt so my son could be a bumble bee in a musical, but I’m, uh, guessing that any color tape would work.)

Step Nine: Mount on the wall.


Another project–family history oriented this time:


Three different things here:

(1) Photos in glass containers: Copy photos on to overhead transparencies. Cut to size. Nestle into jars.

(2) Fabric hanging: see above re iron-on transfers.

(3) Photos on trays: make plain black-and-white copies of photos. Dip photos into an equal mixture of school glue and water. Smooth photo onto tray.

Note that all of the wood was purchased unfinished, painted dark red, and then sprayed with crackle-coat spray paint.

And now a bleg:

This is the ship that brought my great-grandmother to America. (There are other photos I’ve found, as well.) I’d like to display it somehow, somewhere, but I’m out of ideas.

3 comments for “DIY Mormon Art

  1. Julie, I’ve seen some nice displays, just framed on the wall, that feature either the emigrant ship or the passenger manifest showing the family as a wallpaper-like background (the choice of background depending on where on the manifest page the family is listed, or how much open space there is as part of the ship picture), with an inset photo of whichever document is NOT the background, and an inset photo of the emigrant family or couple, taken as close to emigration as available. Maybe that starts you thinking, even if you go in a completely different direction?

    I like *that* you have unique Mormon and family art on your walls rather than the done-to-death reproductions of the same few images we see everywhere, just as much as your actual choice of images.

  2. I don’t know what the cost would be, but many machine embroidery shops have software that will take a picture like that and convert it into stitches. Once you have a stitched fabric you can display it in just about any way you can imagine or combine it with other artifacts.

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