This TikToker Found a Smart Way to Make Art Prints Look Like Actual Paintings

published Feb 17, 2023
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Framing art prints is an affordable way to fill out a gallery wall without having to invest in original art. They’re also great if you’re a fan of the masters. But the only downside to art prints is, well, they look like prints rather than actual paintings. One TikToker has hacked the system, though, and shared their secret for turning prints into authentic-looking art using a single secret ingredient: Mod Podge.

“This is how I make my art prints look like paintings,” TikTok user Tessa Kofford (@tessakofford) said in a January video. “I use matte Mod Podge…and then I use a paintbrush to do random strokes and it gives it the texture.”

The Mod Podge will go on white, but don’t worry. It dries clear, just leaving the subtle hint of brush strokes behind. Make sure you use a paintbrush with stiff bristles to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

“I let mine dry for about an hour while I prep my frames,” Tessa continued. “The texture is so good.”

If you really want to sell the painting look, pay attention to the brush strokes the artist used and follow along. This will blur the lines even more between print and paintings.

To get started, here are a few places where you can buy art prints online. Society 6 and Art.com are great places to start if you’re looking for a specific classic. But check out your local thrift store, too — you may be able to snag an already-framed print for cheap!