Make Mod Podged photo initial art

mod podge photo artHello Mod Podge fans! I am so excited to share this project with you all today–I just love how it turned out and it’s so simple to make. The gifting possibilities, too, are endless . . . .this photo initial art would be perfect for a baby gift, a family holiday gift, or even a wedding present (just use the couple’s last initial). So, without further ado, let’s get started!


  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • vellum paper
  • cardstock or photo paper
  • foam brush
  • 8×10 canvas

Step 1: The first step is to go into your word processing program (or Photoshop, if you have it), find the font you want to use, and print out the initial of your choice on 8×10 vellum paper. Here’s a screenshot of my image right before printing. As you may be able to see, I used Gil Sans Ultra Bold for my font, 750 pt. Other fonts that would work well for this project are Berlin Sans and Impact, both of which came with my Microsoft Word Program. Basically, you just want a heavy, chunky font. Print out your letter on vellum (use a light gray color for printing, instead of black), and cut your letter out.

mod podge rocks post Step 2: Print your photo out onto cardstock or photo paper. Take your vellum letter and position it over your photo, moving it around until you are happy with the placement (the portion of the image that shows through the vellum is what will be displayed on the canvas.

mod podged photo artStep 3: Cut out your initial. You may be able to do this with scissors, or you may need to use an x-acto knife and mat to get a clean cut.

mod podged photo projectStep 4: Take your initial and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back. Position onto your canvas and press firmly. Let dry completely.

mod podged photo artStep 5: Apply three thin coats of Mod Podge to seal. This is one project where multiple thin coats are preferable to fewer thick coats. Let dry completely between coats.

mod podged photo projectAnd there you have it! There are so many amazing ways to customize and be creative with this project, everything from using a black and white photo to painting the canvases a bright, bold color before applying the initial.

Thank you so much for letting me share with you all today! You can find lots of other tutorials and inspiration on my blog, my facebook page, on pinterest or on twitter! Have a lovely day!


  1. Cortney says

    I love this idea. Thanks.
    Quick question, I’ve never used mod podge. When you say apply three thin coats to seal…do you mean on top of the photo as well?