DIY Interior Decorating... True Story Before and After with art on canvas

by Canvas Press | July 13, 2010

A customer of Canvas Press, John from Florida had a great idea for custom art in his home and sent us his story along with before and after photos of his canvas project.

It has been a pleasure working with you this first time, and I expect to continue. The outcome is substantially better than I expected. A little background: Last year, we remodeled our family room, leaving a space above the fireplace for a painting up to 32 x 42 inches, with a plan to find the "right" painting either here in Florida or in Europe on one of our trips.

In June we stayed in Paris with family, visited Monet's gardens in Giverny, France one rainy Sunday afternoon. The home is famous for the gardens and water lily ponds, subjects of many of his paintings. We took several point-and-shoot photos of the grandchildren and gardens, one of which I sent to you for printing on canvas.

The results are spectacular!

John took the original image with a Canon A530 Powershot and modified it with Photoshop to remove some people in the shot and add more details and plants in bloom. He then used a painting software to add brush strokes to the image, creating a true 'Monet' feel to his shot of Monet's garden. We printed it as a canvas gallery wrap with mirror border so that we didn't have to crop any of the artwork. John added acrylic gel and varnish to the finished canvas once it arrived to enhance the look of a painting and hung it in the spotlight!

Just like the saying goes, if you want something done right you've got to do it yourself! John's search for the perfect painting led him to create his own. If you have a vision of art and just can't seem to find it, try going out and taking some shots for yourself! It's okay if you aren't tech-savvy or don't have the equipment to do all the enhancements John did on his own. You can let Canvas Press take care of it with our major retouching and OilWorks enhancements.

Before and After

Detail of Painting

Photography, fine art printing and decorating news and advice

Tips-n-Tricks #266

If you have several pieces of art that you want to hang together but you aren't sure how it will look. Lay them out on the floor first to finalize your layout design.


Turn your walls in to unique works of art