Saturday, April 7, 2012

Printing on Canvas

Some photos just call for canvas as opposed to glossy or matte photo paper. The photo below is the original taken by Adrianna Davies who owns Angel Lights Photography here in the Tampa, Fl. area. She did a wonderful job doing a photo shoot with my grand daughter, Leighton Kay and me.
I bought these papers today at Posh Scraps and my fingers were itching to match the photos to the papers. These are from Prima's Nature's Garden Collection by Jodie Lee.

The first thing I did was to download the photos into Picasa on my laptop. When I realized the photo colors would not work with the papers (yes! I often scrap in reverse!), I first changed the photo to sepia and then sharpened it and finally hit the "warmify" button to give it more of a soft vintagy color.
I use Canva-Paper which can be purchased at most art and hobby stores. It is thick and carries ink well. I sharpen the photo because the canvas paper tends to absorb ink. I allow the photo to sit for about an hour as the ink is so wet on the paper until that time that it easily smears.

I do not change the settings on my photo printer. Once I print the photo onto the canvas paper and allow the ink to set up, I use soft tipped artists' pencils to enhance the areas of the photo I wish to emphasize. In this photo, I used blue to add that back to Leighton's eyes and a pink to detail the dress and pull out the petals in the flower on her headband.



I know these steps can be done in photo shop but I prefer the good ol' fashioned hands on.

4 comments:

Krafthead said...

This is a very precious layout! TFS

CherryTat said...

Gorgeous job Jules! Love the look of the page!

Maureen #6745 said...

She is a little DOLL! Never heard of Canva Paper, but I am intrigued!
Very Lovely Layout!

Jasi Milar said...

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