It seems that everywhere you look, subway art and other printable designs are taking over. Why? The answer is simple. They are a unique and eye catching way to jazz up your home and mix words and phrases in with your photos. Pinterest, Etsy, and other DIY online stores are full of ideas that allow you to create the perfect piece to fill your space. A huge benefit to finding them online: they look professional and generally are cheaper than buying the fancy prints in a local home goods store.
One of the nicest aspects of printable art is the convenience of ordering and printing the perfect size. If purchasing a PDF file on Etsy, make sure to read the description for the exact size of your print. The majority are sold standard in 8x10, though most sellers offer the option to create a custom listing in the size you need for a slight to no up-charge. Some sellers are extremely generous and e-mail you the file in all sizes. Printables on Etsy are mostly delivered to your e-mail and can then be downloaded onto a flash drive. These can range from a few dollars to $10 depending on the size, quality, and quantity of your order. Some sellers opt to ship you the item instead of giving you printing rights to their designs.
You can also find a number of free printable items on blogs and other sites. A simple Pinterest or Google search will yield hundreds of results. Find the one that jumps out at you and check the resource. You want to make sure the person giving it away is the actual intellectual owner of the artwork.
Some blogs offer a new printable every season. A fun way to change up your space is to designate a seasonal frame near the entrance of your home. These add welcome and a touch of holiday spirit throughout the year. Change out the print with the season, holiday, or just because. You can even find unique pieces to count down to holidays and family birthday!
Once you've downloaded your piece, legally, onto a flash drive, head over to your local office supply store. Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot offer reasonable printing services. You should be able to print a 11x14 on quality card stock for less than a buck. You can even opt for a glossy finish. Or if you have a quality printer at home and you're not opting for a poster size, go ahead and try to print on your own.
After you've printed your piece, you'll want to hang it up. Statement frames and canvases seem to be the most popular ways to mount printable art work. Check your local thrift store to create your own unique and personalized frame, or head over to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or other area craft store to find the perfect one. This can be the expensive part of the project. Quality, large frames will set you back from about $30 and beyond.
From movie themed posters to Bible quotes and recipes, you can likely find the exact type of item you are looking for through a quick online search. Check around and don't settle for the usual items. A good mix of quotes and scenes will create custom pieces that mesh perfectly with your family photos.
Word of WARNING: Make sure the item is copyrighted by the company you are purchasing or downloading from. Staples and other office stores might not print items unless you can prove you purchase it legally from the original source.