Alright folks, here it is! I finally got the tutorial done for the modge podged picture canvas... hope it makes sense!!
A canvas in whatever size you want
Fine Point Paint Brush
2 Foam Brushes
Brown Paint - I find that the darker the brown the better it looks, but for this project I used a more rusty brown color and it looks just fine
Varnish - liquid or spray
Stickers, rub ons, stamps, whatever you want to embellish it with.
Paint your canvas!
I ended up having to do 3 coats of paint to get it to look how it does, it just depends on the quality of the paint. If you want your whole project to look more rustic, don't do as many coats!
Layout your project how you want it to look. Make sure you rip some of the paper so that you can apply the "antiquing" process. Always rip the paper so that white ripped part is facing up.
Make sure you have it laid out just how you like it, play around for a while because once you stick it down, it's not moving!
Using the modge podge as glue, glue everything in place. Make sure you cover every surface with the modge podge or it will lift off and create bubbles.
With each item you glue down, flip canvas over and rub the back to get all the bubbles out.
Mix together some of your brown paint and a couple little squirts of the blending gel, just enough to thin the paint out a bit.
Using your fine point paintbrush, put small dabs of paint on the ripped part of your paper, just a few dabs at a time. Then take a rag and rub it in. Do this to all torn parts of your creation. It should looked "aged" or burnt.
Add any stamps, stickers or rub ons you want.
Coat your entire project in modge podge!! Using your foam brush, swirl on a decent amount of modge podge over every surface. Don't do it too thick or it won't dry clear, but make sure you don't miss any spots.
It will look like this until it dries:
Once the coating is entirely dry, mix together more paint and blending gel, this time about half and half.
Mix it all up and using a rag, "paint" over everything to make it look more aged.
Once this dries (it only takes a few minutes) coat your entire project in varnish. Let this dry and voila! You are done! Hang it somewhere everyone will see it!