I could spend hours on Pinterest, oohing and ahhing over all of the cool ideas for personalised wall and canvas art. One of my favourite things though, are the personalised prints with name and birth details. I saw these online years ago and just loved them, and made my own for the children. Admittedly, only the girls have theirs framed and on the wall of their bedroom currently - but I have made some for the boys, I've just not printed or framed them yet! #RubbishMum
I think they make a beautiful addition to a child's bedroom, but I hate how expensive they can be and I wanted to share how easy it is to make your own. There are so many different ways to design your own personalised wall art - you can go for a simple image with name & date of birth, or just text with all birth details. You can choose to match the theme of your child's bedroom (like this circus themed design I made for my nephew), or simply to match the colours... Use a full name, or just the initial. You can print and frame your design, or have it printed on to a canvas, the choices are endless.
Have a quick google for free fonts and you will find literally hundreds to choose from. If you want circus themed fonts for your design, or wild west fonts, space fonts or farm fonts - there are loads available for free at the click of a mouse.
Likewise, if you're looking for free clipart for your design, just google it! Obviously you must only use certain images with permission but there are many sites available to download free or very reasonably priced graphics.
You don't have to go with cutesy themes for a new baby's nursery either, a funky font for an edgier design to go on the wall in a teen or tween's room is perfectly achievable too and would look great on a canvas. You could even make them to give away as home-made gifts, something to consider with Christmas coming up.
I use Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 to create my designs, but you can easily make basic designs in Microsoft Works Word Processor and I find are best printed at A4 size. I then purchase my frames either online (eBay, if you want to look for a bulk purchase for gifts perhaps) or in-store at places like Wilkos, where you can choose from a wide selection of good quality & inexpensive frames.
You can then choose to print your design either at home on your own printer using photo paper (if you want a nice glossy finish) or regular A4, or you can upload it to an online printing company such as Photobox or Snapfish to have printed and then posted to you. Double check all of your dimensions & the preview before printing, you don't want to send something off to print only to have it come back with half of the image missing. Trust me, I have done this before, it's infuriating!
You can create all kinds of designs for any occasion or purpose, including your own cards for birthdays or Mother's/Father's Day. You could print your designs on mousepads, tea towels, t-shirts, tote bags - the possibilities are endless.
You might also like to try out Tagxedo to create your own word cloud art, there is a handy tutorial here if you need it.
Will you be creating your own homemade gifts for Christmas this year?