After moving the furniture around in the living room to make room for the Christmas tree, we had a large space of empty wall to fill.
I figured I could whip up some large Christmas themed wall art to fill the space, but I am not super talented with free hand art. I loved all the wall art ideas that I saw on Pinterest, but they all required the image or words to be cut out with a Silhouette Cameo — which I don’t have. Since I won’t be getting a Silhouette anytime soon (unless I win a giveaway! *crossed fingers*), I had to come up with another way to get those large images onto a canvas.
After messing around with Microsoft Paint (yes, people still use it.), I figured out that I can print a large image file from Paint onto multiple pages by printing it at 100%.
Off to Ollie’s for canvas!
First, I measured the middle of the canvas to figure out size image that I needed. Then, I went to this website: http://www.unitconversion.org/typography/inchs-to-pixels-y-conversion.html to convert those measurements (in inches) to pixels. Next, I used Paint.net to take my two deer silhouette clip art images (png files) and resized them to the size that I needed (in pixels).
Open the files in Paint. Under the Print menu, you will need to go to the Page Setup. Here, under scaling, adjust the percentage to 100%. This will make the image print out in a large size on multiple pages.
The key to this project is printing the images out onto 8 1/2″ x 11″ full sheet mailing labels. These can be found at any office supply store (or even Wal-Mart).
Once your image has printed, cut it out with an x-acto knife. This is where you are going to wish you used an image with very little detail. This is where I started to rethink those antlers…
The way the image has printed is going to help you out greatly with the next step. By printing it at 100% on multiple sheets, it has centered your image on the four pages. So, after you cut it out, measure and mark the center of your canvas. Then, remove the paper backing and adhere your image to the canvas by lining up all four images into the center.
Now, it’s time to paint. Be careful when painting around the edges, and try not to paint toward the label paper. If you get any paint under the image, you can clean it up when you’re done with a small paint brush and some white paint. After your paint is dry (I had to do two coats for a full finish), remove the label and you’re done. At this point, you can add any extra details you would like, I added a cute Rudolph nose to one of my reindeer!
Here are both canvases hung in our living room….
Hope you all have a great weekend!!