And now that it’s summer… maybe it’s time for the holiday art to be put away? You think?
Just as I had decided I really needed to deal with this problem, I got an e-mail asking whether I’d like to try UPrinting. The timing could not have been better. I had decided that I’d need to do some sort of large-format print myself, since I needed horizontal art and nearly everything I’d found online that I liked was vertical.
I got to work creating my 16 x 20 files. I used Illustrator, but you could create images a million different ways. I made simple overlapping silhouettes of flatware, and a sentiment I loved. “If we feed you – we do love you.” It applies to our children, our dogs, and our visitors. I chose Blackout for the font and did my arranging, saved the files as PDFs and hopped over to UPrinting to upload my files and create my rolled canvases. You’ll find them under “Canvas Prints” in the left-hand menu.
UPrinting provided one for me to review and I bought the second (and paid for the shipping) with my fingers crossed that I’d be happy with the results. So glad I did.
Here’s what I uploaded.
I was/am really impressed with the quality of the canvas and the print. The colors are bright, clear and smooth. Nothing about them, even with close inspection, says “a digital printer printed me”.
So to put my canvases to use, I took my frames apart. I put the original mat and glass aside and used the sturdy backing board from the frame to wrap my canvas around.
If you’re using an open-back frame that doesn’t come with a backing board you can use, I’d suggest these canvas boards. You can get them at most craft/art supply stores for a few dollars a piece.
I laid my canvas print down on my cleaned-just-for-this-special-occasion kitchen countertop and lined my backing board up on the center. To get your canvas nice and smooth on the front, start by carefully but firmly pulling it taut in the center in one direction and taping it with a sturdy tape like duck tape. Then do the center in the other direction. You’ve got to use strong tape. Masking or gift wrap tape will give up faster than a four year old trying to tie shoelaces. Start in the center and work out to the corners. Starting with the corners will lead to wrinkles.
Trim the bulky corners a bit.
And that’s all there is to it. Slide them into the frames and hang them on the wall.
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