Engineering prints. They're big and cheap but can look like a million bucks. Well, maybe not a million but with a few tips the possibilities are (almost) endless and the results can be fantastic.
Recently, a friend wanted me to paint a quote on canvas for her. I opted to make a digital version of the quote instead so she could see it first before making a piece of large scale art for her boys' room. I created a 24 x 36 sized quote, made a digital copy (that way I could make changes to it if she wanted any) and **fingers crossed** hoped that all those pins about having Staples print an engineering print for a few bucks worth true.
I was easy peasy ordering them online (be sure your file is large!) and this is how they turned out. The one with the black background has shadows of letters in the upper left corner. It does give it a bit of a chalkboard-esque look, if that's what you're going for.
Beth used Mod Podge on a canvas. The paper wrinkled and the ink smeared. It totally depends on the look you're going for but I don't think it looks awful.
To salvage the canvas she ordered the same print up at Wal-Mart and had it printed on photo paper. At $19 this option gives you thicker paper to work with and is still a very inexpensive way to get big art on a budget.
Beth painted the edges of the canvas grey. She needs to touch it up but was willing to send me photos first. She had her hubby put the canvas on hinges so they could access the thermostat on the wall. Hiding the thermostat? How clever!
So simple, right? Beth didn't want to see the ugly thermostat at the end of the hall.
The poster-sized photo from Wal-Mart is a little more crisp and Beth felt like this option was much easier to work with.
There are all sorts of DIY's out there using engineering prints. I found the ones I thought were most helpful.
Mount it under acrylic like The White Buffalo Styling Co. did here. That print is AMAZING!!! This whole room is amazing!
These gals used spray adhesive and then Mod Podge on the top. Get the DIY here.
This gal used spray adhesive and Mod Podge too but adhered it to a piece of stained wood. How adorable is this for a Father's Day present!? Click here for the deets.
Darn Pinterest. I couldn't find the source of this anywhere but had to share. This engineering print was just hung in a window at Christmas. It looks fabulously rustic and celebratory!
A super inexpensive option is foam board. Angie at Foxy Chirp painted the edges yellow.
She shows the step-by-step process here.
For those that left their email on my Instagram post (here)for the Peter Pan print and the 'Freckles' print, I'd love to see what you do with your prints! Tag me @aedriel or #aedriel so I can update this post with your photos!