Canvases are Here!

Look what arrived in the mail this week?
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Sitting in my office waiting to be hung in the bedroom.

The canvases I ordered for the bedroom! Woo-hoo. I'm going to hang them this weekend (unless something more exciting pops up to distract me!) but until then I thought I'd give you a review of these bad boys.

I ordered from Uprinting.com. Yep, the very same company advertising at the right. If I was going to have them advertise on my blog, the least I could do was give you a honest review of my experience with them, right. So lets get to it, shall we?

The ordering part of the process was a bit frustrating. It took several failed tries to get the designs uploaded properly. Their customer service all meant well but there was a lot of confusion as I was contacted by several people asking the same questions. The nice part is that there are actual live humans helping rather than automated robots or self directed help forums (I'm looking at you, amazon and google!). Those people will physically look at your design and advise if its in good shape for printing, etc. This is such a huge benefit to anyone who doesn't have design experience! Anyway, after that all got sorted, I signed off on the proofs and the order was in.

They printed, wrapped and shipped it all really quickly. I think it was less than a week from the final sign off and when I had them waiting for me at home. The canvases were packed in an EXTREMELY secure fashion. I imagine the Mona Lisa isn't given quite so much protection. I wish you could see me opening the boxes because many cutting tools and expletives were used in the unveiling. But I do appreciate the intent as Ive had many a product damaged in transit. At last, I could finally lay my eyes on what I had been waiting for...

PhotoCanvasMusuemEdge
I picked the black "'musuem wrap" to pick up on the black accents in my bedroom.

This is where I got very excited. They looked exactly as I had hoped! I'll spare you the technical mumbo jumbo but with my experience in print, sometimes a finished product doesn't look quite like I imagined it. Sometimes the colors shift, sometimes it looks a bit flat on the page, whatever. Not so here - great vivid color without being oversaturated. Love it. Also high marks go to perfectly centering the image and the nice thick stretcher bars they use. I've ordered a canvas print from a company that shall not be named and it was a different color, stapled helter skelter onto bars half the size. Little things but make a big impact. I can really see why there are so many people involved and why it costs a little more - the materials and quality control is excellent!

PhotoCanvasCloseUP
I photographed a close up of the canvas. Spot on match to the design.

So that about sums up my review. Very happy with them and can't wait to see how they look in place. If you are looking to do your own photo canvas, I'd definitely high recommend this company.

I still think the chair I'm hanging them over is too small but maybe the oversize of the canvas will balance that out a bit? What do you think?

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With this project almost under my belt, I have a plan for two other more DIYish canvas related projects in the future. Keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, here are some inspirational photos of big images I've been collecting.



I can't seem to find it but Martha Stewart did a great blow up of passport pages in an old issue. I think thats such a fabulous idea for a wall with travel posters and photos. Anyone have that image in their archives?

38 comments:

  1. I REALLY like these! How fun to have completely unique art for your room. Can't wait to see how they look when you put them up! HURRY! :-)

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  2. Oh they came out amazing! I can't wait to see them put up. Right now the chair does look a bit on the small side, but I think the artwork will help!

    Can't wait to see it all come together. It's going to look beautiful!

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  3. They turned out great. And I love the Reading Railroad sign. *lust*

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  4. I enlarged a close up photo of bright green grass for my daughters nursery to 4'x6'. Its huge. Original artwork always makes such a great impact. Can't wait to see them on the wall.

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  5. They look fantastic. You come up with the best ideas!

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  6. They look great, Mrs, L! I hear ya! I would totally pay a little more for quality work!

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  7. Those canvases are absolutely gorgeous! You are so creative :) I can't wait to see them up on the wall!

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  8. Amazing!!! They really did a great job. I'd rather have the phone calls than hours spent frustrated on a website forum.

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  9. I am really liking this idea too. They do this at the hospital where I work at, and the impact is huge! Looking forward to see what the end result looks like

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  10. Can't wait to see them hanging!! Love them!

    cozystyle.blogspot.com

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  11. That are just beautiful....so creative! The color in the room is beautiful as well....makes me want to repaint my gold and red house. :)

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  12. They look great, I love how they came out!

    I remember that project- I think maybe it was from Blueprint, but I could be thinking of something else. Was it in the same article as this? http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/pub/blueprint/2006/0506_blueprint_antique_l.jpg

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  13. LindsB is correct... it is from a Blueprint, I have the copy somewhere, it had a blown up vintage letter or postcard and also some blown up playing cards. We have a vintage photo in our living room of Picadilly Circus that we found at a flea market for a dollar. Mr. blew it up and took the handwriting on the reverse and put it on the front. It is on canvas a framed in our living room... you can see it next to the fireplace on the right...
    http://vintagejunky.blogspot.com/2009/04/one-finished-project.html

    I love that whoever took the photo took it at an angle and that there is a couple facing each other getting ready to kiss....
    love your blog!
    Michelle

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  14. They came out really great! The design is really pretty too, you did a really nice job. They're so romantic.

    Blown up passport pages would look awesome. Would you use your own? How many stamps have you got? (:

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  15. I can't wait to see it all come together. They came out amazing.

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  16. They look gorgeous!

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  17. Wow, they turned out so great! I've been wanting to try to blow up one of our photos from our honeymoon to Sicily onto canvas. We're still getting unpacked, but once we're out of boxes, I hope to find a wall that'd be perfect for one and give it a try.

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  18. They are fabulous!! I love uprinting.com I have always been pleased with their work. I have never done a canvas. That may be in my home's future ;-)

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  19. Have you come across any good DIY fabric bulletin boards? I'm thinking of using a greenish gray linen to wrap a board but I'm looking for inspiration....

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  20. Can't wait to see where they end up.

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  21. those canvases are terrific - they will really make a great statement on your walls. can't wait to see the finished product!
    xox

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  22. You are so talented, the way you laid out the images are simply beautiful! Janell

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  23. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait.
    They look exactly like your mock-up!

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  24. Was it this you were looking for?

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/do-it-yourself-art-travel-collages?autonomy_kw=Do-It-Yourself%20Art:%20Travel%20Collages&rsc=header_1

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  25. Rachel _ that is another great idea but it wasn't the one I was thinking of. The one Im talking about had a huge blowup of a passport page.

    Christina - Ive seen some cool bulletin boards with weaved ribbon but I always feel like anything with pushpins and fancy fabrics don't mix. I use plain old cork but a super fancy frame.

    Lisa - I dont have as many stamps as I would like! The problem with the single page blow up is that my stamps are all spread out. I guess the immigration guys like to give each other space. I want them all squeezed on one part for the visual effect of it.

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous! I really love the color of your walls and the crown moulding.

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  27. Tried to post the other day but blogger ate it. Serves me right for blogging at the office. I love your new art work, clever girl. And it is perfect timing for me as I am looking for a large art work for my guest room and was considering doing an enlargement of one of my photos. I assumed I would have to have it framed and never thought of having it mounted (or whatever it's called!). Great idea and I may steal it from you. Thanks also for the review of the shop. I am never brave enough to do as much online shopping as you.

    Hope the photos look good up. I am learning Photoshop now (finally bought CS4) but now I need to find time to use it. Then I hope to learn Illustrator and I can copy you. wink ; )

    Good luck with the passport photo idea, if you do it. Can you combine your stamps onto one page in Photoshop or somethin?


    xo Terri

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  28. Very cool...How big are they? Custom sized? I have always wanted to do one of each of the kids...and dog.

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  29. I think I will have to order some of these of my hubby and I locking lips for the house...great great great.

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  30. Terri - Im sure I could combine them if I spent enough time on it but that doesn't seem right to me. Its like cheating. haha I have another idea though, I just need to get around to it!

    Linda - They are a standard size 24x24. They have other sizes as well. If you contact them directly, they could probably do a custom size for you too.

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  31. That's ironic - I was looking for the same Marta story last week. It was a blueprint article - so I'm afraid it may be lost at sea. You'll have to resort back to the mag! Let me know if you need a scanned page or two.

    Besos!

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  32. They are absolutely fantastic! You should think about selling the design so that other people could have prints made-- I love them!

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  33. I love canvas wraps. Can't get enough of them. These look beautiful.

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  34. I love Canvas Prints! yours look fantastic! you must be very proud, I own the Canvas Studio in Australia,we are very inexpensive and have fantastic quality and I love it when artworks come in to be printed!

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  35. Wowzers, those are GORGEOUS!! Great job, so well done! I love the inspiration picture of the children above the bed-I have had that saved in my inspiration files for a long time.

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  36. Lindsey9:39 AM

    these are awesome! did you use illustrator or photoshop? Now I want one :)

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  37. I've been thinking long about doing this. I appreciate the review of your experience. Will have to try it out!

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  38. Did you talk about a cost of this? Maybe you did and I missed it.... or maybe you didn't cuz that would be tacky. Can you give me even a range.... like was it under $300 for one canvas???? Thanks!

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