Posts Tagged ‘canvas’

How to Make Your Own Canvas Print

Earlier this month we shared a hugely popular post on transferring a photo onto a block of wood. Well, the same technique can also be used to create a canvas print. All you need, besides the stretched canvas, is some gel medium and a photo printed with toner (e.g. made with a laser printer or photocopier). The gel medium is used to “steal” the toner from the paper, and once the paper is rubbed away, the print remains. Check out the full tutorial over on A Beautiful Mess.

Make Your Own Canvas Portrait! [A Beautiful Mess]

P.S. Be sure to check out the wood transfer tutorial if you haven’t seen it already. It’d make for a neat gift for the holidays!

Invisible Paintings That Can Only Be Seen by Cameras

Toronto-based artists Brad Blucher and Kyle Clements have an exhibition titled “Take a Picture” which features paintings that are invisible to the human eye but visible to cameras. To do this, they use a frequency of light that is outside the visible spectrum but visible to the CCD and CMOS sensors found in digital cameras.
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Giving Away $100 for Printing Your Photographs on Canvas

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and can be found below.

If you’ve always wanted to make a large print of one of your photographs but never took the leap, here’s your chance: we’re giving away a $100 gift certificate to CanvasPop, a company that makes large canvas prints.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:

Link to a photograph of yours that you would want printed

There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!

  1. Leave your response as a comment on this post
  2. Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet:

    As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.

This contest will end Monday, February 7, 2011. We’ll randomly pick a winner using and update this post. Good luck!

Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 155 comment entries and 94 Tweet entries or 249 entries total. The randomly selected winner is…

#87: Alex

Would love this one on canvas….

Thanks for doing this…cheers

Congratulations! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize (we’re emailing you too).

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check back soon for another giveaway!

A big thanks to CanvasPop for providing the prize for this giveaway!

Inspired Personalized Photo Gifts

Personalized mugs with your mug on it, photo blankets, and good ol’ fashioned framed pictures are all fine and dandy, but they can get old fast.

We posted a few personalized photo gifts in yesterday’s PetaPixel Photography Gift Guide 2009, but here are a few more ideas to get out the old and in with the inspired:

The Old Gift: Framed Photos


I have a few wonderful friends who have gifted me with a growing number of framed photos, but quite frankly, I have no place to put them anymore! And some of the photos are so outdated (visualize: awkward age) that they’re a tad embarrassing to have out in the open.

The Inspired Gift: The DIY Photo Book


Self-published photo books are a modern twist on the photo album, and have a classy look and feel. Even better, they can be stored easily on a bookshelf!

There are a lot of great photo book sites and software out there, and especially around this time of the year, most of the sites have some sort of discount.

These are just a few to check out:

The Old Gift: Giant Photo Print


Sure, mounted 11X17 prints are pretty epic, but over time, most digital prints can deteriorate.

The Inspired Gift: Canvas Print


Showcase your masterpiece on canvas! It’s pricier, but even more epic. Costco offers photos printed on canvas starting at $29.99 for an 8X10 print.

But remember, if you give the gift of a photograph, pick something that is timeless, iconic, or extremely significant. Instead of framing a posed, toothy photo of your buddy and you, pick a candid photo or one that captures a special moment in your friendship. Or better yet, use one of your favorite still life, landscape, or street scene photos as a gift. Let your photography shine!

The Old Gift: Digital Picture Frame


Digital picture frames are so 2008, but they still make fresh gifts if you spruce it up a little!

The Inspired Gift: Digital Picture Frame — with your own photo project!

Instead of gifting an empty frame, or generic photos, try something unique utilizing the frame’s display. Make a stop-motion film that will loop with the playback feature of the frame.  Use the frame to share a photo story or take photos with a certain theme and make the gift-receiver guess the theme.

If you’ve got a great DIY photo gift project or idea you’d like to share, leave a comment!

Image Credits: Photo Arrangement by palindrome6996, Maine spread in Blurb Book by Kelly Gifford, Grandeur by Johnath