How to Make Metallic Canvas Pictures

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I’ve been meaning to share my Metallic Canvas Pictures for a good two months, but keep forgetting to take pictures of them! I used my lab, Black River Imaging to make the amazing metallic prints, then pulled a little DIY trick to turn them into a canvas!

Make your own canvas

First of all, let me just say how much I LOOOVE Black River Imaging. Whether you are a pro photographer or an amateur/mom photographer, they’ve got something for you. They are a professional lab, but anyone can open an account. There are so many fabulous things they can do with pictures/designs that are PRO quality! They sent me the metallic prints to “review” for all of you, but all opinions are my own.

When we took our family pictures last May in St. George, Utah, amidst the orange rock, I was so THRILLED with how they turned out. I mean, I took a tripod, ran, and we only took about 20 pictures total. Of those 20, I now have 10 hanging on my wall! My kids were rockstars that day, and I love the variety of images we got. So of course I had to hang them all up! It was a sad day to take down the Vintage Windows I turned into picture frames from our 2011 California beach pictures, but it was time. And, they didn’t go too far. They are on the stairwell wall now.

I love the look of the metallic prints. It’s a subtle, different look on prints that give them a fun sheen. Everyone that comes over can tell it isn’t a standard print, but they can’t quite put their finger on it. Some have guessed that it’s actual metal! They are a bit more expensive than standard prints, and I got a lot of them, but I think it’s worth it for something more unique.

Since I have such a big wall, I knew I had to do something big. I thought and thought all about it, and eventually came up with this idea. I got 10 canvas’ at my local craft store. I think they were sold in a two pack for $8, and sometimes they go on sale. I can’t quite remember if they were at the time. If not, it’s $40 for the canvas. I then got the spray glue (Elmer’s) and doused my print on the back, and carefully attached it.

Here is how I measured with paper traced the same size. My husband helped me measure it all out with a lazer level. I wanted it straight and even on the wall. I despise measuring, but it’s got to be done.

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After I had it up and felt satisfied, I used thumb tacks to make holes where they needed to go. It’s an EASY hanging solution!

Supplies:

  • 10 craft canvas
  • 10 16×20 prints
  • 2 bottles spray glue
  • 20 thumb tacks

Here are a few more angles, the metallic is also tricky to photograph, with the sun and glares!

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This image has a bunch of glare on it, but it’s a good pull back shot of the wall from my Living Room, and you can see parts of our Family Room on the other side.

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I am REALLY happy with how they turned out!!! I’d used the spray glue on something else and the picture peeled off, so this time I made sure I got complete coverage–TWICE so it would adhere well.

 

how to hang pictures on a big wall

Now here is the question of the hour! When I first came up with this idea, I wanted to do black or gold stripes, polka dots, and other designs with a sharpie or paint on the side of the canvas. I ran out of steam, and haven’t done it yet, and some friends say to just leave it alone. What do you think? Jazz it up a bit with some design, or keep it as is?? I’d love to hear input!

Thanks again to Black River Imaging for the quality Metallic Prints! Check them out for your photo needs! I ordered my Christmas cards with them, and can’t wait to share them with you!!  See the professional album I made with Black River Imaging and my Christmas Cards last year.

Black River Imaging


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  1. Wow – 10 of the 20 shots were good enough to hang up and you weren’t even behind the camera? That’s pretty amazing – it is so hard to get a group of people all looking decent when you’re in the picture yourself, too! Love the orange with the turquoise – looks totally like your style. I don’t think I’d do anything with the sides at all. I make my own canvases too, with regular prints, and I like the plain sides. But especially here where it’s busy enough. Adding in different colors and designs would probably be distracting.

  2. I love love metallic prints. I have some that were offered as an option on a photographer’s website of my friends weddings. I got a couple of prints from the weddings and they are so gorgeous. I would not add anything to the sides of the canvas, they are good as is.

  3. Leave it as is… looks clean and keeps the focus on the people. Good idea. I haven’t ordered metallic prints myself but have been intrigued by them for a few months.

  4. I wonder if there was a metallic spray paint that you could have painted the sides of the canvasses first then added the spray paint to make it seem more seamless. *I think I already commented but had this as an afterthought*

  5. It looks lovely, nice idea. I’ve tried this kind of work in my living room. But I have not been successful. Thank you.

  6. Is there a tutorial on creating the metallic prints? This seems like a tutorial on how you hung metallic prints on your wall…

  7. Came here from following you on pinterest, because I have the same storage bench that I garbaged picked back in December. then I looked at the photos and noticed something different from other commenters, your sons are wearing athletic type outfits. I just want to say how great that is, my boys only like those outfits and as a photographer I was discouraged because they never want to dress casually/jeans for photos, and now I feel encouraged that they can wear what they want and I can work with it to make the photo still look cohesive.

  8. nationslab.com does great work and are a lot cheaper. Nice photos.

  9. I don’t understand how you get the metallic effect. Is it done when you take the photo? I’m completely new to photography. But I want to start printing and framing my pictures and also making photo books. I love your metallic photos. Is it a certain setting on my phone or in editing. ? Could you direct me to a tutorial on how to take a metallic photo? Thanks, I just found your site and I thrilled because I’ve been wanting to get my pictures off the net and into my hands. Jewel

  10. Metallic prints are so neat! I really like how your photo wall turned out!

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