Feb 04, 2011

All Blown Up: How to Create Custom Large-Scale Artwork

This ManMade guest post was written by K. Faith Morgan

Finding art for your home can be tough task: you can go the dorm room approach and frame a poster, take the generic route and settle for the weird Tuscan-paintings from the housewares store, or invest in an original piece, which can be costly.

But check out these options, which each take something tiny and blow them up to featured proportions:

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Blueprint (Desire to Inspire)

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Playing Cards (Blueprint Magazine)

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Envelope (Southern Living Magazine

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Stamp (Design*Sponge

You likes? Cool, let's make our own.

Materials and Tools

  • Source material 
  • large vintage frame
  • Computer and scanner 

1. Find an image you love.  I chose a page from a vintage book. Scan at high resolution. Make any necessary color and cropping adjustments.

2. Have a large format print made either by a photographic enlargement service or reprographic printer.

3. Frame and hang your print.

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Have other ideas for source material? Post 'em in the comments below.

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K. Faith Morgan is a designer, stylist, online editor, and producer. "I am a southern girl, but design is my football.  As a design school graduate and the child of two artists, I can’t follow X’s on a football field, but John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X makes my heart skip a beat. I believe great design can change lives and life is too short for beige."http://www.kfaithmorgan.com/



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Mac McLean on Jun 29, 2015:

Up to 11x17 in you can use a xerox printer.  For larger you can print 17-21 in by copying top and bottom, then matching.  This is also a good method of making larger posters for posting about events.  Graphic elements may be used and adapted from Google Images, typography by most WP programs.

A larger image can be done using PDF, which makes vector images, and increasing the size by increasing % enlargement.  The vector images handle the enlargement artifacts well, and prints as pages of whatever paper you have in the printer; you then matched edges and mount (or tape on the rear) the assembled image.  Try it, it can get impressive quickly - and thhis is how billboards used to be reproduced [thus "4 sheet" and "9 sheet" posters, particularly movie and circus posters]

Duchess Von Horst on Jun 24, 2011:

Oh yes! one project to do! Gotta find the right thing to print then!

Sean on Feb 06, 2011:

Here's an idea that I had last Summer, but never got to the printing stage.  Background first, I've been collecting coins and currency for 15 years and have accumulated a lot of each.  During the fisrt half of the 20th century there were some really awesome bank notes printed by colonial powers in Africa.  I scanned a few of my favorites inteding to print them, but never did.  Any sort of banknote would work I guess.  I just happen to be partial to the colonial African ones.  The best part is you can get some crappy old worn out currency from any flea market or antique store for a couple of dollars each.  I think that crisp and clean looking antique currency on the wall would look way to 'fake' and maybe even a little kitschy, but the old worn stuff just seems a little more genuine.