The kitty photo as seen at the beginning of yesterday’s article was enhanced by adding just a hint of lavender to the eyes. The photograph just did not do justice to the real eyes. Have you ever seen such beautiful purple eyes?
Create a family heirloom by adding lettering personalizes any canvas, and there are so many fonts to choose from! Just let me know what lettering you want and basically where you want it. It’s a good place to start!
I can also enlarge photos, and here’s where technology rates high on my list. Using a small copy of an original does not result in the best clarity if there is a significant amount of enlargement. For example: a 2”x 1.5” copy of a photo, enlarged, will not be clear . . . poor choice. In fact, it will look horrible and I just won’t take on that job. But, a digital photo will generally turn out terrific when enlarged, and I can crop out what (if any) parts that you don’t want on the canvas. (an aside from Janet, the house on the beach I sent to Sandy was this kind of picture, you can see below how bad it looked when enlarged.)
Another really cool way to enhance an art project is by taking a drawing and making it into a 3D character! Yup, I did it for a customer. Her daughter had drawn a likeness of herself with crayons…head to toe on a piece of art paper, about 12” high. I enlarged it slightly, “removed” the arms and legs (without doing any damage to the original drawing), placed everything on the canvas, leaving enough room for seams. After being stitched, it was to be completed as a 3D shelf sitter doll. Now, is there any better gift to give a doting Grandmother? The original artwork had yarn glued on for hair, and I think the same yarn would have made a charming coif for the final finishing touch to this doll!
Paw prints added to a canvas featuring a pet is particularly charming, as is adding the pets name.
Tomorrow more great ideas for custom canvases.