Breaking up: it doesn’t have to be sad when you apply it to photography.
We usually associate the phrase “breaking up” with the end of a relationship, but for the creative in all of us, these words can have a new meaning. In art and decoration, “breaking up” refers to the creation of movement around a seemingly boring (or overwhelming) space.
In paintings, artists create dynamic differences between the near and foreground. Perhaps the lines and colors in a river separate the texture of the nearby grass and the jagged mountains in the distance of a landscape. Maybe bright pops of color are separated on the canvas by extreme light or dark space for a high contrast effect. Designers know that a perfectly arranged room has a flow to it, while the walls should help balance the other objects in your space.
You can apply this concept in your own decorating. Art for the home can not only be very difficult to find, but the cost can add up quickly. Now, Shutterfly actually makes it easier than ever to turn your own artwork or photographs that you already have into exciting pieces of wall decor. Did you know you can actually upload images that are yours—drawings, prints or photographs—and make them into beautiful canvas prints? A benefit of canvas prints is that they look great without a frame. What a great way to customize the décor in your household and with Shutterfly you can personalize as much as you would like.
If you are feeling a little bit of an artistic block, here are a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
Create your own visual garden
Flowers and plants are always a great option when looking for content for your decorative needs. You can create a “visual garden” in a few ways. You can upload equal size flower photographs to Shutterfly and make each one its own canvas print. Or, you can zoom in on a particularly beautiful or interesting print and crop it into 4 images, to hang together in a unique arrangement. The negative space between canvas prints will create a visually exciting piece.
Rethink the family portrait
How impossible is it to get everyone to look their very best in one picture? A new creative idea could be to turn the best photo of each member of your family (Fido included) into its own canvas print with Shutterfly. Depending on the style of your home, you can hang each canvas in a perfectly symmetrical line. Or if you end up with different sizes of canvas prints, you can create an interesting gallery wall.
A trick to make each photo go together is to have them printed in black and white. If you think that your outside-the-frame family portrait is awesome, chances are so does Grandma. Canvas prints make great gifts (but be sure to include a picture of the grandparents, too). This can be a great project for the entire extended family to work on together. Work with your aunts, uncles, and cousins to create a most memorable holiday gift they are guaranteed not to already have.
Rethink the old “vacation slideshow”
Back in the day, people actually turned their vacation photos into slides. Today, the majority of vacation photos are taken from our smartphones. If you were lucky enough to go someplace beautiful or exotic, you probably took hundreds of photographs. Now is a chance to turn your favorites into canvas prints and it’s really easy to do with Shutterfly. It could be interesting to zoom in on some and blow them up, while keeping entire pictures on some and printing them smaller. This way, instead of a boring “vacation slideshow” style wall you can hang an exotic and inspiring gallery wall that will have guests asking “Where did you go?” and “How do I get these prints?”
Elevate your art
Did you know with canvas prints you can elevate your art? Literally: you can hang it up high on the wall. Kidding aside, turning your art (or your little one’s masterpieces) into canvas prints is a great way to showcase a budding (or seasoned) Picasso. Have a particular piece that feels too busy? Turning it into one, two, three or even four canvas prints can help to change the feel of the piece. Even classic artists used diptychs and triptychs to tell interesting visual stories. The creative options are endless when printing your photos with Shutterfly!
Breaking up doesn’t have to mean an end, and decorating doesn’t have to be hard. Shutterfly makes it easy and inexpensive to share your memories in your home or give them as gifts! Thinking of breaking up as a method to visually create interest can be a unique way to change up your decorating process. Creating custom art for your home should not seem like an impossible or daunting task. You are no longer limited by what you can find in stores. Turn your pictures, paintings and portraits into canvas prints with Shutterfly and rethink what it means to make your house your home.