As eager families begin to plan their summer vacations, they are likely to have one thing in common: packing a digital camera. Part of the fun of a vacation is being able to look at photographs and reminisce about happy memories sun tanning on pristine beaches or feeling the fear factor on soaring roller coasters. What’s not so fun? Losing those photos in the digital black hole of a computer. Instead of storing your photos only on your computer or just printing 4x6s, why not have one (or two) of your best shots turned into a masterpiece?
Whether you went hiking in the mountains or explored a tropical island, consider printing your images onto a fine art medium, creating the picture perfect piece for your home.
Giclee canvas isn’t your typical “I-printed-this-online canvas.” Giclee printing is a fine art process which refers to how the ink is placed (squirted) onto an archival canvas. Because archival canvas is of the highest quality, these pieces are guaranteed to last over 100 years without yellowing or deteriorating. If turning a family vacation photograph into a lasting heirloom is a priority, then choose giclee canvas to preserve these memories.
This option (Giclee Watercolor) is similar to the giclee canvas is except that instead of using archival canvas, the pigmented ink is used on fabric paper (cotton). For a truly artsy look, opt for the textured watercolor paper.
For a truly distinctive piece of art, consider printing your images onto metal. Through a special heating process, the dyes of a transfer image are infused directly into the aluminum, making the image permanently embedded in the metal itself. Metal prints offer many benefits including:
- Scratch resistance
- Fire retardant: A key point when it comes to making sure special memories are preserved for generations
- Archival: These will last 100 years before any fading occurs
Use a Shadowbox
Shadowboxes are another creative way to turn a vacation photo into a piece of art by allowing you to include mementos of your travels inside the frame. Pair seashells next to a printed image of your kids on the beach or pair dried lavender with an image of the lavender fields in France.
Use professional framing services
Even if you prefer the look of a glossy print over a canvas, your photograph can still be a stunning focal piece in your house. Remember that not all printers are equal; as such, your best bet to receive the most true-to-life print is to use professional printing services. Once you have your print, framing your photograph not only prevents your photos from sitting untouched in the basement, but frames protect images by preventing damage (e.g. rips). The beauty of a professional framer is that you are not limited to a plain black frame. For instance, choose from:
- Traditional mat with frame
- Metal frames compliment a modern décor
- Lightboxes: This draws attention to your artwork
Even if you have novice photography skills, these printing and mounting options are sure to turn your family photos into display-worthy masterpieces; so enjoy your vacation season and keep on snapping!