Nothing beats creating your own art to hang in your home, especially when you can do it for super cheap. Now don’t get me wrong, I am all about a beautiful professional print or piece of artwork, however, finding the right piece can take time and $$$. Why not create your own for a fraction of the cost?
I was doing a little revamp of my master bedroom and had some dead space above my bed between two windows. I wasn’t sure what to put there and my sister-in-law suggested I take a photo of a buffalo skull head that she had hanging on her wall. I thought this idea was brilliant, It was just what the room needed!
Now the dilemma. I wanted it big, and I didn’t want to spend a lot on print. I decided to try an engineering print because of their low price point and large scale. (I’m talking like $2 to $10 for a huge print!) Now mind you, these are basically just giant photocopies so the paper is super thin and it is not “oh my gosh!” amazing quality. But with a couple tricks you can get them to look pretty awesome.
First, you have to capture the photo for your art piece. I suggest looking around your house for any interesting items you might have. For example, a decor item, a heirloom that you are not sure how to display, or even things in your yard. Really, anything that has texture or interest and preferably overall mostly dark or mostly light.
Here are the things from around my house I decided to photograph.
When taking your photo, use either a white or black backdrop. This can be a piece of paper or fabric. Make sure you photograph light objects on black and dark object on white, the contrast will make your photo pop! I recommend using a DSLR ( a camera that you can set manually) to take your photo. If you are not sure how to set your camera manually, set it to the AV mode. This is where you can adjust your aperture or depth field and the camera will adjust the rest of the settings automatically. Next, set your aperture to the lowest number it will go, this will give you greater depth of field which will give your image more interest. Find a point of interest on your object and snap away. Try different angles and shooting close or far away, just have fun with it!
After your print is the way you want it, mount it on a 1/4″ foam board with a light layer of spray adhesive, smooth any bubbles with a credit card if needed. You can find foam boards at most craft stores or office supply stores. After the foam board has completely dried, cut the foam to fit your frame. Now pop your masterpiece into your frame and you are done, voila!