DIY Wall Hangings

My wife and I were decorating our new apartment this month and we wanted a large picture as a focus point on the living room wall. I wasn’t too keen on getting one of those generic photos from IKEA or Banta so we decided to use one of my own photos.

I had two options, either get a framed canvas print or get it printed on foam-core and then make the frame myself. I’m always on the lookout for DIY projects so the latter sounded more interesting to me. I found this neat tutorial online on how to make one of these large sized pictures and mount it on a wooden frame. If you’re interested in doing something similar I’ve listed the steps on how to go about it;

1. Choose an original file. You can use a photograph you’ve taken yourself or any other source but its important that you use the original file in maximum resolution and at least 300 dpi, this will reduce the amount of pixelation in the final print. I was blowing up a picture (taken on my 5 year old Nikon D60) to 90×60 cms and and I was happy to see that there wasn’t much degradation in quality.

2. Once you’ve got the file for printing you can select between Canvas prints or Foam-core backed prints. I was already getting some prints from Artech so I preferred to let them do all the print work since I’ve dealt with them before.

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3. According to the tutorial in the link you can use wood strips to give the foam-core extra strength and rigidity. I didn’t want my frame to protrude too much from the wall so I went with a thinner wooden frame. I bought all the supplies from ACE Hardware; wood rafters/strips, sandpaper and caulk.

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4. Measure, cut and sand the wood frame to the size of your foam-core. I know a V-joint looks prettier than a simple butt-joint but it would not be visible anyway so I chose the latter method. Apply a layer of caulk to the strips and press them into place on the frame. They should set in about 30 minutes. Once the frame had bonded with the foam, I applied double-sided tape to 8 points on the frame and fixed it to the wall. I didn’t use nails or screws since the entire thing is very lightweight and I didn’t want to mess up the wall with more holes than necessary.

Including materials, this picture cost me less than 8 KD so this I guess this is a fun and cheap way to decorate your home with your very own artwork.

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Printing at Artech Copy Center

I was looking for a place to print my entries for the Vintage Car Museum contest when I remembered a friend of mine, HP, had ordered some large prints from a place in the city. I got the contact details from him and went to their office in Mirqab to get a quote and see a sample of their work.They’re located right near the mosque roundabout, beside Al Mano wa Al Salwa restaurant.

Artech Kuwait
Phone: 22410055, 22475848
2410055@gmail.com
www.artechq8.com [link]

The contest required all work to be submitted on foam boards of thickness between 5 to 10 mm and in 50x70cm size so I ordered three prints in that specification and had it laminated with a matte coat so that it looked neat and protected the print. Overall I was very satisfied with the quality of their work and I’m thinking of having some of my personal photos printed here in large format.

The pictures I’ve submitted are;
Spirit of Ecstasy
Audi R8
Competition 911