As a second installment to my budgetary picture framing, today I want to share a fun way to display art using inexpensive stretched canvases.
The boy has been very gracious about allowing me to take the lead with our home decor and wall design, but one request he had was to somehow showcase his favorite presidential campaign posters from a book I bought him a few years ago. I should preface that this isn’t intended to be a political statement, (we’ve got Democrat & Republican posters on display,) but rather we find the art of the campaign poster compelling. And the tag lines are pretty interesting too!
The posters are all unusual sizes, so I knew framing would be difficult and even require a custom frame job (aka $$$.)
So instead I did a little DIY work to make an inexpensive, but totally slick looking display! You could easily apply this method to any artwork you’re looking to display, be it from a book, a website, or you’re own photograph! First I bought a set of 8.5 x 14 inch white stretched canvases at Jo Ann’s Fabrics. A pack of 10 was just $14, so my cost per picture framing was all of $1.50 after tax. Next I scanned the posters we wanted to use to my computer and resized each so they would fit the 8.5 x 14 canvases. I printed them out using my Canon Pixma printer. And then came time for assembly.
To assemble my canvases I simply coated the canvas with Liquitex, centered the printed artwork on the canvas, and topped with another coat of Liquitex. Carefully, I did my best to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles and then let dry completely. Once dry the posters were ready to hang. I decided on the layout above our staircase, hammered in nails of each and hung. Presto! Presidential art display!
Now I’ve got Kennedy’s campaign poster on my wall and all for a low price of around 20 bucks for the full collection! Looking for other inexpensive ways to dress up your walls? Check out my previous framing on a budget post.