Do you need wall art prints but you can’t afford to fork out hundreds or even thousands of dollars to get some. Read on and I will show you an easy way to DIY all your wall art prints thereby saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
There are a couple of DIY things you will require before you get started.
1. Images – You will require images. Websites such as Pixabay, unsplash, freepik and a couple of other allows users to download content for free but with attrition. As for me, I personally use Pixabay and freepik because it is free, and it allows downloaders to sample the original image size and quality before downloading it.
Other websites such as shutterstock.com, and vectorstock contain tons of images and vectors that you can buy as a one off or pay as a subscription. I have used shutterstock a couple of times and I can say they have tons on images that can also be sampled based on original size.
2. Art prints – You will need a good art quality print. There are a couple of online shops that are able to provide that service. However, you need to ensure that it is a fine-art print quality and not a poster quality print. If you need to know the difference between an art print and a poster print click here. And if still unsure of the type of print you will get, feel free to request a sample. Some shops may be willing to give out free samples so that you can get an idea of how the main print will look like.
3. Self adhesive foam board – You will need a self adhesive foam board to mount your prints. You can get a basic self adhesive foam board from your local Office works store. These foam boards are very cheap and will do fine if you require something short term. However, if you require something that will last longer, I would advise you go for the nucore foam board. Albeit being a bit more expensive, the nucore foam board has a laminated backing for greater rigidity. Greater rigidity means your wall art print will not easily suffer from physical damage or water vapour. The Nucore foam board can be purchased online from artstoreonline.com.au. See link here: https://www.artstoreonline.com.au/products/nucore-self-adhesive-white-foamboard-packs-of-5-sheets
4. Wood – Two pieces of wood will be placed on each side of the foam board so that a hanging wire can be tied to it. I have used an 18mm by 18mm wood I bought at bunnings and they worked really well.
5. Glue – You will need glue to attach the pieces of wood to the back of your mounting board. Personally, I use the Tarzan’s grip super glue. It is a wonderful product to begin with due to the fact that it bonds to stuff very firmly. This product can be got from your local Bunnings store for a small amount of money.
6. Craft knife – You will need a utility knife to cut any excess material off. Craft knives are inexpensive, they can be got from your local Office works or Bunnings Store.
7. Weights – You will need about two heavy objects to create a hinge so that the poster paper does not move during the installation process. Any object lying around your home will do. Just ensure that it isn’t too heavy as this might leave an indentation on the art prints. Also, ensure that the object is placed and removed carefully so that it doesn’t scratch the print surface.
Real life Application video
There are a couple of free youtube videos on how to do the actual mounting of the prints: I personally recommend this video. See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsG4TWdvtxA It helped me get started on doing DIYs on wall art.
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