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The Printable Art Revolution August 01, 2016 15:31 3 Comments

What do Pottery Barn, Pier 1, Kirkland’s, World Market – and pretty much all home goods stores – have in common? They all overcharge for home decor! :-O

Now I don’t mind being overcharged for certain luxuries in my life (*cough* Starbucks *cough*), but that’s only because I couldn’t brew a half decent cup of coffee if a basket full of kittens’ lives depended on it.

Printable Art Sale

What I can do, however, is design a mean piece of beautiful and inspirational printable art, so that’s where I draw a line in the figurative sand. I don’t know why I do this to myself, but I frequently wander the home décor aisles of chain stores and cringe at the price tags while Fight Club quotes float through my brain grapes: “I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. I am Jack's Broken Heart.”

Wall Art Decor

No, I’m not planning an underground revolution to battle this scourge (or maybe I am. . .), but what I have done is designed over a thousand pieces of gorgeous printable art that anyone can purchase and download from anywhere in the world for a fraction of big box store prices.

Take that, the man!

Dream Big Printables

Digital Download Art

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That’s right, you can browse a selection of designs and quotes larger than all these chain stores combined and pick out something that hits the “you” sweet spot. And the best part is you can download and print your new art immediately after checking out, which means you can frame it and display it in a matter of minutes! All while leaving you enough moola left over for a sweet sweet cup of overpriced coffee :-)

printable wall art

So whatever kind of happiness or inspirational pick me up you might need in your life right now, I got you covered. Are you a free spirit who likes to flaunt it? I got you covered. A southerner with a serious style? I got you covered. Or maybe you're a paddle boarding nomad? Well guess what? That's right.

Inspirational Quotes

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Whatever your style, feel free to check out the full range of art I have for you over in the store, and let's get this revolution going together. And for being a comrade in arms, I'm going to make this an even better deal for you, so you can take 25% off your order -- even on top of sale prices. Just use coupon code SAVE25 at checkout and watch the extra savings add up!

Always Dream Big!

Kenny :-)

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5 Fun Ways to Display Your Printable Art! November 19, 2015 19:09 3 Comments

 Look at you with your new printable wall art - all ready to display it and start earning "Oohs" and "Aahs" from friends and family! But what exactly is the best way to display your art? Frames are cool and can really jazz-hands up a room, but what if you're looking for a little more playfulness from your display?

Below you'll find five super fun ways you can use to show off your new art while making people think you're an artiste de génie (<-- super made-up term by me, but it looks cool because it's in italicized French :-D). Enjoy!

Vintage Hangers

Vintage Hangers for Art
These aren't your grandpa's pants hangers -- oh wait, that's exactly what they are. In any case, they look great displaying colorful art! (via Celebrate Life)

 

Stiicks

Magnetic Art Frame
Minimalist? Try these magnetic wooden strips! (via Well Made)

 

Clipboards

Clipboard Art Frames
I like clipBOARDS and I cannot lie!
Your other art can't deny,
that when a print gets hanged
in a little bit of space
with no framework in your face
you get props
(via Smile and Wave)

 

Washi Tape

Washi Tape Wall Art
Hanging art with Washi tape creates a carefree whimsy to its presentation that complements the frenetic energy of creative spaces extremely well! (via Old Brand New)

 

Mod Podge Wall Collage

Mod Podge Wall Art Collage
If you don't want your display solution to detract attention from your art, this DIY option might be your best bet! (via Bits of Everything)

 

Now that I've shown you mine, what options do you love or have you come up with yourself that I've missed? Share them in the comments below and show off your sparkling ingenuity, you artiste de génie, you!

 


Choosing A Photo Printing Service August 28, 2015 18:44 2 Comments

Congratulations! You just bought some awesome printable art, and now you need to get it printed to put it up on your fancy-pants wall. . .but which printing service is the best?

The first thing to know is that all printing services are not created equal. But instead of me droning on about technical reasons that support my preference, let’s go straight to some image comparisons!

As you can see below, I took two different designs and had them printed at both a one-hour photo service and also online from Persnickety Prints. I’ve scanned the unaltered results and placed them on either side of the original image files. Take a look:

What immediately strikes me here is how dark the one-hour photo print turned out. The blacks are too black, too pronounced, which has robbed some of the contrast from between the deer silhouette and the background texture. The Persnickety version doesn’t match the original image perfectly either, but I much prefer the slightly lighter result that retains the subtlety of the chalkboard texture.

And here's a colored print:

Now we’re really cooking with saturation! Not only has the one-hour photo version once again crushed the darks like in the previous example, but the colors have also been (very) overly saturated. The Persnickety Prints version, on the other hand, more closely resembles the original design in its overall exposure and color saturation, although it is once again slightly lighter than the original.

So which printing service is the absolutely number one, best, most perfect printing service? Whichever you prefer! I use both depending on my purpose or time frame, and I’ll continue to do so. Philosophically I prefer Persnickety Prints to quicky, one-hour photo services as I feel their results more closely resemble the original image. On the other hand, if you prefer a more saturated coloring to your image, a one-hour service could be a great bet!

On the other other hand, you can always print your art directly from your home printer on photo paper or even on a regular piece of paper — it’s like your own in-house printing service!

Think of each option as a tool in your printable art arsenal, to be used based on your circumstances and time frame, and don’t worry about losing any sleep over the decision. It’s going to look great on your wall either way, and your friends are gonna be all like “Oh dang, I’m jealous of your art!”, so you have that to look forward to ;-)

Always Dream Big!
Kenny


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