Photo Wall Hanging Tutorial with Big Picture Classes

Hello Creating Keepsakes readers! I’m Claudine Hellmuth here with you on the CK Blog this Friday. 

You may remember the “Welcome 2011″ article in the January 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine that I illustrated. Today I’m going to show you another technique with mixed media.


This is a fun little project that combines a sticky back canvas transfer with a quick and easy photo tinting technique. Imagine a whole wall of these with all your family photos!


Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic Paints

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Extra Time

Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium

Claudine Hellmuth Studio paint brushes

Scrapbook paper

Embroidery hoop

Gloss Photo paper for printing your photo


You’ll need a piece of  Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky Back Canvas and also an embroidery hoop. I am using a 7” wooden one. Look around at the craft store and find the cheapest ones possible. This one was about a $1.50

I’m going to transfer this piece of music scrapbook paper to the back of the Sticky Back Canvas.

Sticky the music side of the scrapbook paper face down into to the “sticky” side of the canvas

Burnish the paper down

Wet the back of the paper and then rub off the pulp, this will reveal a transferred image!

When you have finished the transfer wrap it around the hoop and then trim off the excess. TIP: do this while the sticky back canvas is still damp and then it will stretch tightly as it dries.

Here I printed out an image of my grandma onto photo inkjet gloss paper.  Using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Acrylic paints and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Extra Time, Place a dab of each onto a craft sheet and mix together with a brush.  Then paint onto your photo give a photo tinted look.

Here’s a close-up of the color tinting in process

Cut out the image when you have finished photo tinting

Glue your photo to the Embroidery hoop using Multi Medium, hang on a wall and you’re done!

Do you ever create a project or artwork and think – this just isn’t working, but I don’t know how to fix it!? This is where composition comes in! In my class Composition for Collage, at Big Picture Classes, you’ll learn tricks of the trade to help you create successful compositions without creating visual overload – specifically in regards to mixed media.

Enter to win a free spot in class by commenting on this blog post about a collage project you’d like to try with mixed media. See you in class!

Claudine Hellmuth

P.S. Don’t forget Free Font Friday! Download the CK Overall font for free!

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46 Responses to Photo Wall Hanging Tutorial with Big Picture Classes

  1. tape says:

    I’d love to try any collage project with mixed media – way out of my comfort zone! Maybe a set of ATCs…

  2. Sharon Trumble says:

    I would love to learn how to make collages using my kids’ pictures from different stages of their lives together in one collage. I LOVE this idea using you grandmother’s photo. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this technique (can’t wait to try it out), and thanks for the chance to win!
    Sharon :)

  3. cindy barriga says:

    I love your techniques so much that I would be so happy to be in receiving even more help in this composition class, thanks for the chance! :D

  4. Melissa says:

    How pretty! I’d love to try making a collage project for my wall.

  5. Amy P. says:

    I would love to learn to do projecs with medium, I have a container of it in my desk and I have no idea how to use it!! Thanks for the demonstration !!!

  6. dee.c says:

    This is awesome! I think I have a lot of learning to do still with mixed media, but what a great idea! I love the use of an embroidery hoop. I was thinking of making one for my friend as a birthday present.

  7. milkcan says:

    Claudine is awesome! I’m sure her class is going to be fantastic!

  8. AmyLynne says:

    I have just started to dive into mixed media art, and this example is wonderful….it has me super inspired. :) I would love to do a collage of photos and memorabilia from a trip to Italy. The class sounds amazing!!

  9. Christine America Real says:

    I think I did some collage when I was in art class in maybe…the 7th grade? But I am now 53 and I don’t remember, if you choose me for the class, I will work very hard to learn. Thank you!

  10. Angela A says:

    What a great technique and I love all the step by step instructions too!

  11. Carla says:

    I’d love to do a picture featuring themes of my One Little Word for the year!

  12. Jenny McGee says:

    This sounds like a great class, I don’t do much mixed media, but would love to learn. The sticky backed canvas sounds intriguing. Thanks for a chance to win.

  13. Renee J. says:

    I have not tried this technique before; so any project sounds really cool! Oh, I love your project shown above!!

  14. Erika M says:

    I just started with mixed media – I’m working on some of the She Art from Christy Tomlinson and would love the opportunity to expand!

  15. Carol M. says:

    Thanks Claudine, for the tutorial on how this is done! This is exactly what I want to do with my old photos of my parents. They’ve both passed away and I have some great ideas but would enjoy more tips! Thanks for the chance to win. Big Picture classes are also so helpful!

  16. Dennylyn says:

    Your class sounds like so much fun! I tend to over-analyze every decision when it comes to collage – I’d just like to have a few ideas in place so I can loosen up and have fun with it!

  17. c@rol w says:

    I’d love to try using a texture paste, something with dimension.

  18. photochic says:

    Cool technique!! Love love LOVE that little project you did! :) I would love making a flower canvas hanging using mixed media for a wall decoration.

  19. MsHardHead says:

    I’d like to try a canvas collage. They look like a lot of work, but the end results are very creative.

  20. Denise Bryant says:

    Such fun ideas! I’d love to do a mixed media project for a wall hanging!

  21. Hattie says:

    Cool – thanks for the pictures. I’d like to try to do a mini album/box collage.

  22. Colleen Brown says:

    I think a collage of my kids playing sports with black and white photos and using this to just color the balls or their jerseys would be great. Thanks for the great ideas. =)

  23. So many wonderful new techniques and products! I’m definitely looking forward to trying the Sticky Back Canvas! Such a beautiful project. I’m inspired…off to see where I can find your products in my area…

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  24. Vicki says:

    I’d love to go big!!I I would enjoy doing a wall hanging collage, and really express myself:)

  25. Doris says:

    Much to my kids chagrin, it would probably be the dogs and the cat in the collage!

  26. Debbie Barnhill says:

    I would love to take a class that you teach!! I am always interested in learning new to me techniques!! Hope you pick me.

  27. Artsnark says:

    Would be interesting to incorporate sticky back paper with vintage letters & then maybe some TAP paper or encaustics… but I am happy to try anything

  28. Artsnark says:

    thanks for the font, by the way

  29. Susan says:

    I have your book and love your techniques. I am learning all about mix media and collages. This would be so cool to learn. Thanks Claudine.

  30. I would like to use my beeswax (that I bought in August) to coat a collage and adhere materials. Would love to take your class!

  31. Sandra says:

    I’d love to create a mixed media project with two wood trays that I rescued from work! It would be aovely way to upcycle them ;)

  32. Sandra says:

    I’d love to create a mixed media project with two wood trays that I rescued from work! It would be a lovely way to upcycle them ;)

  33. Jodi Renshaw says:

    I collect SO much in the way of vintage paper ephemera … and am desperate to put it to good use , but don’t know where to start. I would like to create some very whimisical pieces with pictures that I have cut out of old high school yearbooks … and create backstories on those pics.


  34. Aichaku says:

    i’m starting on my first collage attempt on a piece of 6×6 wood. i hope to make an outdoor scene … i hope it works. i want to win a place in your class. :D

  35. Sandy Mier says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think one of your online classes would be great fun!

  36. Crystal McConnell says:

    I would like to do a collage of my little dachshund. (You met him last May). I never do much with pet projects but think this could be cool. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks..

  37. June Shindell says:

    Just ordered sticky back canvas welcome another idea to use it with

  38. Wow – how much fun is that embroidery hoop! I can’t wait to give it a try – your tutorial is really clear and easy to follow – thank you. Would love to learn more about mixed media as I am just starting out on this little artistic journey xxx

  39. rebecca hall says:

    I want to do some collage with vintage family photographs.

  40. Nikki says:

    I have lots of techniques down but I think this composition class would help me tremendously! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Milena says:

    OK, I want to do something original, a completely different and unique … a collage with style :)

  42. Claudine, I LOVE everything that you do, I would LOVE to win a chance to be in one of your classes. Thanks for the opportunity!

  43. I am so excited about finally having some time to work on my art. I am signed up for your online class and looking forward to it. Your work is fresh and exciting. You make it fun! Thank you for sharing so much of you with us.

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