Recently I received some prints from Printiki. I ordered 30 of the matte square prints and I’m so impressed with the quality of them! Since ordering the photos I was trying to think of the perfect way to display them. I ended up deciding to DIY my own photo board so that I didn’t spend too much money and I’m really happy with the way that it turned out (and the fact that aside from the photos the materials cost me under $20!). What I love the most about DIY’s is the ability to really create something that matches your own style.
I went really, really simple with this DIY but you could go in so many directions with this, the options are infinite. I personally just like how black and white allows the colours in the photos to stand out. Keeping it simple also means that your shopping list is shorter and your budget is smaller which is always nice! To recreate my creation you will need:
- Thin canvas 16×20 inch
- Black water-based acrylic paint
- Smallish paint brush
- Printed photos
- Double sided tape
I mean the coffee is optional but I personally like a cup of joe when I’m undertaking a new project. You will also need something to put the paint in or on and I needed a little bit of water to thin out my paint a little. I would say that your paint should be a little thicker than the consistency of tomato sauce. Not too thick but definitely not drippy! Although it could look cool a little drippy too but that was not the look I was going for on this occasion. I will add that you can only thin your paint out with water if it’s a water based paint!
My aim for the splots was literally just random I liked having different thicknesses and some with more paint and some with less. The little spots started with one being a mistake that I ended up really liking. I just turned the brush on the side and just did a little dab with the corner. It would also be cool to use different sizes and styles of brushes.
It will take a few hours to dry so I recommend lying it somewhere dry and unlikely to be knocked. Particularly away from inquisitive cats! Once it’s dry though, grab your photos and start planning how you want it to be laid out. I chose to do it random as I like the way it looks when it’s a bit messy. Out of the 30 photos I ordered, I ended up using only 10. I didn’t want it to be overly crowded. I honestly think that just having a play around with the position and photos you have is the best way, just don’t over think it!
Once you’re happy with the positioning of the photos, it’s time to get out the double-sided tape! Try not to budge your photos out of position because I guarantee that you will not remember how it was, despite how much you think you will! I chose double-sided tape because I wanted something that wasn’t messy or could make the photo’s go weird. I also wanted the option of being able to swap out the photos or use the canvas for something else in the future. However, it isn’t the most long-lasting of methods so you could use a glue or even use push pins if you don’t mind making holes in your photos.
…and you’re done! This is how mine turned out and I’m really happy with it. I think it’s cute and fun and I love having a unique way of displaying my Printiki photos. I’ll have to scroll through the Printiki Instagram to get some ideas on how to display the other 20 photos I have left! How would you display your photos?
Thanks for reading!