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How to create personalised Canvas Prints – Guest Post

Canvas Prints are all the rage at the moment, with many buying them as gifts for loved ones. Artists such as Andy Warhol and street artist Banksy have greatly influenced design and fashion trends, with many top interior designers using Canvas Prints in their designs. As a result of this increase in popularity many have turned to canvas printing as a way of creatively decorating their own homes. Creating your very own personalised Canvas Print is very easy, and is the ideal way to display and present your favourite family photos.

This post will guide you through 4 steps which will help you turn your most cherished photos into wonderful Canvas Wall Art.

Step 1: Choose and Image

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Possibly the most important step to creating your very own personalised Canvas Print is to select the perfect image. When selecting your image there are a few important factors to take into consideration. Is your image one that you will be happy to see everyday? Will it fit in with your homes current design? Is it of a quality worth spending money on to transform it into a wonderful canvas print? If the answer to these questions are all “Yes” then you can move on to step 2. If you are struggling for ideas, but really wish to have a canvas print in your home popular ideas include, family photos, pets, landscape photos, hobbies and interests. You can also further personalise your image by customising and editing your image using computer software such as PhotoShop.

Step 2: Print Image

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Once you have selected your perfect image you need to have it printed onto canvas. The easiest way to do this is to take your image to a specialist printing company, who can have your image printed onto high quality canvas in a couple of hours. However, depending on the size of the canvas, and the quality of your home printer, you may be able to complete this step at home. To do this you will have to own a printer that is capable of printing to canvas, you can check this in your printers Manufactures Manual. You will also need to buy some canvas to print onto, there are two main types 100% cotton canvas, or Poly Canvas. Read your printers manual carefully and follow the steps that guide you through the set up for printing onto canvas. Once your print is complete you must wait for the ink to completely dry before continuing to step 3.

Step 3: Stretch and Frame Canvas

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Once your canvas prints are dry you need to stretch and frame them. Canvas prints are traditionally stretched over a wooden frame, this keeps the canvas tight and makes for a smooth and professional finish. The key to stretching your canvas is to keep the canvas tight, you can buy tool that will assist in this, but when stretched properly a canvas print should be tight like the skin on a drum. Again you can take your Canvas to a professional who will be able to do this for you. However if you are feeling creative and wish to do this by yourself you can. Neatly fold the canvas around your wooden frame using special canvas pliers to pull the canvas tight, and secure using a staple gun. Once secured, cover the staples with a strong masking tape for a neat finish. You can then opt to frame your canvas or leave it as it is and hang it up. Framing looks great if your image is artistic, but many prefer the simplistic and modern look of an unframed canvas print.

Step 4: Hang Canvas

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Hanging your finished Wall Art is easy. There are many effective methods. You can use a painting hanging set, mirror plates, or 3M Command Strips, all are readily available at any respectable D.I.Y shop. The most important part of hanging your canvas print is choosing the perfect place to show off your new, fantastic Canvas Wall Art.

 

 

About the Author

Adam has many years experience within the Digital Printing industry, he specialised in creating high quality Canvas Wall Art. In his spare time he enjoys developing his skills as an amateur photographer. His favourite things to take photos of are insects and flowers.

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June 23, 2012 Posted by | Guest Blog Post | , , , | 1 Comment

Lets make a House a Home

I’ve been separated from my ex husband for 4 years now, and have lived where I do now for the last 3, thing is I have never really felt at home here. Last summer I decorated the kids rooms and they loved it! To me though I still didn’t feel fully at home. I guess a part of me never really believed I would stay, I had come home after the break up and needed time with my family but for a long time I felt lost, not sure if I would stay or move somewhere else. I didn’t know it at the time but I see it now, maybe the depression I had before Christmas was part of the whole healing and moving on process to enable me to put down roots. So what made me realise?

Back in January I decided it was time for change, the only thing I had left from my married days was the sofa and so I decided it was time for a new one, not just because it was from when I was married, but it is looking old and tired (I will NEVER buy a beige sofa again!). So I went sofa shopping and was very surprised to find one I fell in love with and was comfy to sit on. Sofa ordered and home I came, to a lounge in a mishmash colour scheme. I had never really noticed before but the green and beige walls and brown floor, the brown rug and black and brown furniture along with the yellow curtains almost made me cry. My newly ordered sofa was black and grey with a hint of purple….I loved the sofa but really, it wasn’t going to look at home here!

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I took the “before” picture as I was packing up to decorate, so ignore the mess, but you get the picture!!

After a number of trips to Homebase, who I really can’t thank enough for their helpfullness, and too much money spent in Dunelm Mill, well, take a look at what I did…….

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I’m pretty proud of myself I have to say. And this is the moment I felt at home, the moment I realised I’d been living on pause for a while, the moment life really does carry on! Oh, and that’s not the new sofa, but that will be arriving in just over a week and then my house really will be my home!

March 19, 2012 Posted by | Home | , , | 2 Comments

Story Time with a Twist

I was recently contacted by Gianimo to have a look at their sticker story range. Now I know what you are thinking “more books with stickers”, nope, these are fantastic quality wall stickers, containing 27 characters, props and backgrounds to create a start point for any child’s imagination.

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There are 4 different mini adventures to chose from, so something to appeal to all children. The colours are bright and bold to capture the eye. Each mini adventure also comes with a brief synopsis of each of the characters to spark the imagination, and a sample story idea to start you off. The idea is that whilst it offers great child friendly decoration, you can sit with your child and make up adventures about the characters too. The stickers can be removed and reapplied but obviously if you are doing this you need to make sure that as little dust as possible gets in contact with the backs as they will lose sticky over time.

From seeing some samples of the stickers I have to say they really are bright and eye catching as well as being brilliant quality. Each mini adventure costs £58, which to be honest I initially thought was a lot. However, if you consider that this is for the decoration of your child’s room as well as a fantastic prompt for imaginative activities.

Here’s what Gianimo say about their product:

“At g!animo we believe a child’s bedroom can be more than a sleeping space. In an electronic age, which asks less and less of a child’s imagination, we hope to give children and parents a starting point from which they can spend quality time together making up their own adventures. Childhood development experts agree on the enormous benefits that creative play has on a child’s social, cognitive and communication skills. g!animo’s high quality wall stickers and accessories turn a child’s whole bedroom into an attractive picture-book experience, encouraging a love for stories and reading.”

So if your looking for a way to get you little ones to use their imagination, and looking for a novel way of decorating, then look no further, pop over to Gianimo now, what adventure will you be having tonight?

November 24, 2011 Posted by | Product Reviews | , , | Leave a comment

Wall Art the Easy Way

I like to live in a nice house. I recently decorated the girls bedrooms and have to say for my first decorating project I did pretty well for a girl! So I decided the next room to do is mine, I think I deserve a nice bedroom too! Trouble is, my room has a drop ceiling, is L shaped and has dark wooden wardrobe doors along one wall. I didn’t want a dark colour as it would feel pretty enclosed and so I was feeling a bit stuck, as I hate plain magnolia walls!

As if reading my mind I was contacted by Binary Box, who have sent me some of their Wall Stickers to review. I have to say that I hadn’t thought of wall art in this way before. When I think of wall stickers I tend to think about Disney Princess and Winnie the Pooh, but actually there are some fab “grown up” wall stickers out there.

Here’s what Binary Box say about their stickers:

“Our wall stickers will instantly transform any room by adding colour and style. Simple to apply in minutes, all of our kits include full instructions and are easily removable. We have wall decals for kids rooms, bathroom, nursery and modern wall graphics for all tastes. All of our wall art can be produced in a variety of colours to suit your decor.”

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There really is something for everyone and the vinyl stickers look so good when they are in place! Price wise they are very reasonable, depending on the size you want they fit most budgets. Also, if you fancy something for Christmas go take a look now as they have all sorts on offer even Christmas Tree stickers that save space!! The vinyl stickers are easy to apply and instructions are nice and clear. Instructions to remove are also included and it looks easy done, just using a hair dryer to warm up the vinyl and remove! If you fancy decorating and doing something a bit different then take a look!

November 20, 2011 Posted by | Product Reviews | | 2 Comments

Project Kids Rooms

Over the summer I had a decision to make, to move or not to move. I live in a lovely 3 bedroom house but with all the stuff that comes with kids, it feels very small some days. The main issue I had was that B had no space to store things in her room and never spent time in her room so most of her stuff lived downstairs. Similarly with H, her room still felt like a nursery, although to be honest was just a dumping ground for things that wouldn’t go anywhere else. Her old baby toys were in there but nothing else. She slept in there and that was it. My tenancy runs out in November so I was thinking about moving. Trouble is, if I moved would it be just me and the girls or would the move involve Mr D? So we had the conversation and both agreed we like our own space as well as time together and now isn’t the time. Neither of us said it never would be the time so now my decision was 1 – stay put until we reach a point where we all move together or 2 – move, but then possibly move again in a years time if we decide to make that move! To be honest, I decided that November isn’t the easiest time of year to move house and so got thinking of how I could make this house work better for us.

For 3 weeks in the summer the girls were with their dad so me and Mr D had our adult holiday and then on the day we got home I decided over dinner and on no sleep for 36 hours that I would not only decorate the girls rooms but would swap their rooms over and get new bunk bed’s for B, and I would start the next day! I don’t know how I did it but I did, between work and decorating I didn’t miss my babies as much as I would have normally and now we are much more organised at home so mission complete!!

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This was H’s room, soon to become B’s room with a bit of inspiration:

 

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Next up we have what was once B’s room, being transformed into a Princess bedroom for a Princess!

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I still can’t quite believe I got it all done, who says girls can’t do blue jobs?? Although if you’re reading Mr D….B still needs her shelf putting up!!!

September 10, 2011 Posted by | Home, Parenting | , , | Leave a comment