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!
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.
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!
- 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!
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.
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.
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