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10 Stocking Stuffers For Your Budding Artist main image
10 Stocking Stuffers For Your Budding Artist
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 26, 2013

If you have a young one in your life who loves to draw, paint, doodle day dream, or build then here are 10 excellent stocking stuffers that will encourage their creativity. 1. Modern Colored Pencils - $7.99 at Target - This modern colored pencil set will have your little artist drawing in style. 2. Rubber Band bracelet loom - $12.99 at ToysRUs - The rubber band bracelet craze is an excellent creative release.? And with the hundreds ...

6 Easy Holiday Decorating Tips to Make the Season Bright main image
6 Easy Holiday Decorating Tips to Make the Season Bright
by Eric Von Lehmden | November 22, 2013

It is time to start thinking about how you are going to decorate your house for the Holiday season.? Soon lights will be strung, stockings hung, and the tree will be decorated.? So what else is there to do?? Well if you love Christmas as much as my wife and I do then there are plenty of ideas out there that you can do quite easily to add a little extra holiday cheer to your abode.? ...

The Versatility of Oversized Art in the Home main image
The Versatility of Oversized Art in the Home
by Jennifer Roche | October 30, 2013

That blank wall in your living room screams out to be decorated. ?How can you create an attractive scene for this blank space? ?Hanging oversized wall art upon it is the perfect solution!? Oversized wall art can make a home feel like an art gallery!? It infuses your home with flair and adds interest to the room that the piece hangs in. ?Big art work creates a big statement!? When using oversized art pieces, be aware of

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Photo Project Portraits with an Emotive Expression
by Laura McPherson | October 17, 2013

What differentiates a portrait from a snapshot? One of the important differences between the two is the subject's expression; while a person can be smiling in either a portrait or a snapshot, it makes a difference whether the smile is merely because a photo is being taken or is actually emotive. Portraits also tend to express a fuller range of emotive expressions. Continue reading to learn about emotive expressions and how you can encourage your subjects to help you create ...

Thinking About Great Gift Ideas - Gearing Up For the Holidays  main image
Thinking About Great Gift Ideas - Gearing Up For the Holidays
by Eric Von Lehmden | October 9, 2013

In case you haven't been to a department store yet...the Christmas decorations are already out.? I know this is said every year, but I will say it anyways...this happens earlier and earlier every year.? It seems like Halloween and Thanksgiving are skipped and we go straight for Christmas.? In the defense of the retail stores...it is nearing the middle of October and it is never to early to at least start thinking about ...

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Maps on Custom Wallpaper
by Caroline Cohoon | October 2, 2013

I love maps. For as long as I can remember, I?ve always loved maps. From the time I learned to read, I was the navigator on family road trips. It helps that I?ve got a pretty good sense of direction too. Now, I?m obsessed with the fact that I can pull up a map instantly on my phone, of where I am or anywhere in the world. I plan my trips on Google maps and create my own icons and ...

Out of Focus Art on Photo Canvas main image
Out of Focus Art on Photo Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | September 30, 2013

There is a saying about photography that goes something like this.? One out of focus photo is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style.? So what does that mean?? Well to me it means that even an out of focus photo whether it was done on purpose or not can make for fantastic art on photo canvas. I like to think of the experimentation ...

Kung Fu Dogs and Vintage Photos on Canvas main image
Kung Fu Dogs and Vintage Photos on Canvas
by Caroline Cohoon | September 25, 2013

We all have those ?Aunts? and ?Uncles? in our lives that are actually no relation to us, just close friends with our parents or grandparents. In my case, I had Aunt Millie growing up. She passed away while I was in college, and my grandmother and I went to her apartment to help clean up and organize her belongings. I was fortunate to be given her bags and boxes full of old negatives and slides. It?s a treasure trove that ...

Pain Free Guide to Hanging Your Artwork main image
Pain Free Guide to Hanging Your Artwork
by Laura McPherson | September 17, 2013

Hanging your artwork can be an exercise in frustration, not least because with the work that you put into selecting the art to be hung and the frames to set it off you do not want to make a mistake! Although it takes time and effort to create expert-looking results, hanging your artwork does not have to be a puzzle. Spend more time admiring your work and less time hanging it with these hanging tips for grid and photo collage ...

Photo Project:
Photo Project: "Inspired by"
by Paul Cook | September 9, 2013

Photography projects are one of the most interesting ways to improve photography skills. Not only do they allow you to do what you like to do (take lots of pictures), they also enable you to stretch your creativity and look at each subject individually and study it like you would any "school" project. Basically, a photo project can be thought of as a type of daily dairy, only one that contains pictures instead of words and that has a certain ...

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Learning Alternative Printing Methods With Caroline
by Caroline Cohoon | September 3, 2013

Not only are we passionate about printing your photos on canvas, but we love all types of printing methods.? Caroline is our amazing customer service and production director.? If you have ever called us then good chances are you have had the pleasure of talking with her.? What you may not have know about her is that she has a B.A. in Photo Communications from St. Edward?s University here in Austin, TX.? It is good ...

Creative Decorating: Put a Definition on a Canvas Print main image
Creative Decorating: Put a Definition on a Canvas Print
by Eric Von Lehmden | August 28, 2013

Do you remember the agony of having to look up words and write definitions as part of your homework while growing up?? Ugh...I hated it.? Every week we had to write out the word the syllable break up and the pronunciation for 10 new vocabulary words.? It was so painful back then.? I'm not sure what has happened over the past 30 years, but I now think that the dictionary is one of the coolest ...

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Wedding Photos on Canvas Ideas for the Newlywed
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 31, 2013

Have you been to a wedding lately?? If you have chances are the couple spent a ton of time on planning every detail for the day.? More and more brides and grooms are trying to make their day as unique as their own personality.? Finding a way to pull that off can be quite a challenge (even for a seasoned wedding planner).? One of the rewards from that memorable day are the photos that are ...

Our Top 5 Spots in America for Amazing Vacation Photos on Canvas main image
Our Top 5 Spots in America for Amazing Vacation Photos on Canvas
by Eric Von Lehmden | July 17, 2013

[caption id="attachment_2329" align="aligncenter" width="456"] the view from the rocky beach in Valdez, Alaska.[/caption] We are a bunch of dreamers here at Canvas Press.? I think we all have a little wanderlust in us here.? We are always talking to each other about where we would love to travel to.? We had a conversation the other day about some of the top spots in our grand United States that we have or haven't been.? Each of ...

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Photographing Household Objects main image
Ordinary to Extraordinary: Photographing Household Objects
by Laura McPherson | July 10, 2013

Ordinary household objects are easy to overlook when you see them every day. Yet these ordinary objects can be photographed to create memorable photos worthy of being printed large and hung on the wall. With a little staging and the right settings on your camera, you can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and create new art for your home. Picking the Objects to Photograph There are probably more items in your home that are artistic in their own right ...

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Getting Ready for a Summer Photo Project
by Rodolfo Lentejas Jr. | June 25, 2013

People consider the summer to be perfect for taking photographs thanks to its perfect lighting condition and the lack of rain or snow getting in the way. Now even though the weather may be on your side during this season, you still need to be prepared if you expect to capture beautiful images of summer this year. Here are some of the things you should consider if you?re set on pursuing a summer photo project.   Determine the Ideal Camera ...

Still Time to Get Dad the Perfect Father's Day Gift main image
Still Time to Get Dad the Perfect Father's Day Gift
by Eric Von Lehmden | June 10, 2013

So you missed our Father's Day sale.? Big Deal.? That doesn't mean that you have run out of time to get your dad the perfect Father's Day Gift.? We are taking orders for guaranteed delivery by Sunday through this Wednesday.? If you do happen to order on Tuesday the 13th be sure to upgrade your shipping to Express and if you happen to order a canvas print for your dad on Wednesday make sure you choose ...

5 Ideas for Decorating the Walls in Your Office main image
5 Ideas for Decorating the Walls in Your Office
by Laura McPherson | June 5, 2013

Your office can reflect your personality while still remaining professional. You may have more leeway if you work in a home office or a laid-back office away from home, but even in a corporate office there are a number of ways to differentiate your office space from others. Decorating the walls in your office can make the space feel more comfortable to you, and help keep your creativity flowing for the projects you work on in the bargain. Say goodbye ...

10 Reasons Why You Should Give Dad a Canvas Print For Father's Day main image
10 Reasons Why You Should Give Dad a Canvas Print For Father's Day
by Eric Von Lehmden | May 30, 2013

Dear ole Dad.? It is finally his time to shine.? Finally a day where he can relax on the couch, watch a game, take a nap or play a round of golf without any recourse or commentary from the rest of the family.? That's right folks, Father's Day.? A day for Dad to do whatever he feels like doing.? If he wants to take a four hour nap then he deserves it.? After all ...

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Creative Exercise: Planning a Photo Walk
by Laura McPherson | April 22, 2013

You have heard of art walks before, but have you heard of a photo walk? Photo walks are a way to get in exercise while practicing your digital photography, alone or with friends. There is no better way to get in touch with your inner artist than getting inspired by your surroundings out on a walk, whether it?s in a new place or somewhere familiar. Here are four ideas for your next photo walk. [caption id="attachment_2986" align="alignleft" width="300"] Shooting everyday ...

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Tips-n-Tricks #214

As presents start to appear under the tree, take close up photos of the packaging and gift tags for some fun story telling photos.


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