This Art Will Draw Attention Or I Will Eat My Hat!
My quest to draw attention to my art continues, today it occurred to me that I needed my art to be seen bigger than life. The only way to do that was to print it up bigger than life and so I did.
I used my 13" x19" printer and created this large 4' x 8' print of one of my small paintings. It took printing (20) 13" x 19" prints and then having to assemble them and glue them onto a large 1/2" pvc sheet, once it dried I then clear coated the waterproof print and hung it on the front of my barn.
It was not on my barn 10 minutes before I started to get people stopping in front of my house saying they loved the art! I had three vehicles stop and inquire about the art that I displayed, then the weather turned on me and I had to but it inside the barn.
Now I think I'm on to something, I have tried numerous times to do this but the smaller art I display at 18" x 24" just seems to get lost in the landscape, even though I have had some people stop and look and ask about it. Nothing like this 4 foot x 8 foot painting though, I see myself printing up a dozen of these. It can be seen from a distance and the colors came out great I think.
The size of the art really makes it an outdoor gallery now. I have my work cut out for me over the next few weekends. It took most of the day to complete this one, I had the pvc sheet from a previous outdoor project which went bad on me.
Thank you Diana! I feel really good about this piece and I have several other paintings which I think might work well in this size. I was really nervous about printing this one, I had no idea how it would turn out and if I was just going to waste photo paper and ink.
Thank you Bill! This was one of my very first acrylic paintings and is one of my own favorites. I need to find a low cost 4' x 8' backing sheet to glue the prints to, the pvc is rather expensive but it hold up good to the weather.
I don't know how well the prints themselves will hold up I may have to give it additional coats of the crystal clear acrylic I used. The 66 lbs photo paper I used is supposed to be waterproof on both sides. I don't see myself leaving them out doors under the weather, but I should be able to leave them inside the barn with a tarp over them.
That image of your two large prints plus Alina - is eye-catching in itself.
I'm thinking you only need a couple of images that size to attract an audience. If that road has a lot of repeat traffic you may need to rotate a few - but if it is mostly tourism traffic you want to attract then only a couple may be needed.
Best of luck with your new (and very cool) marketing project.
Thank you Bill, I think your right just a few will do the trick, I did go through some ink carts and 44 sheets of photo paper be but since I used other than canon ink and paper I saved a bunch of money. I'll make sure I tell Alina she will have to part of the gallery. Lol!
Thank you Roger! Oh boy, that invisible sculpture art was just not something I was going to be able to pull off in these parts, I needed to make my stuff really visible. Lol!
These large pieces are a task, I think though the hardest part about it is joining the individual prints and making sure the line up, there is a lot of trimming and the gluing is tedious and unforgiving.
Mounting the entire print once assembled would appear to be fairly easy but you only get one shot at making it square off with the backing. The second one was little easier.
I laid the two artworks flat on the floor one on top of the other. As with all new things there is a learning curve especially when one just jumps in and wants it done now.
In this case the whole process was foreign to me from the printing layout, borders and over lap, orientation, paper to use, ink, and then considering what might look good in a super sized image.
Anyway, the work turned out good for it's purpose which was to be a visual magnet and get people to stop and ask about my art. It worked! The works even got enough attention to have a request for a commissioned piece in this size but I did not accept at this time.
I laid the prints down because I noticed the Kayapo woman appeared slightly wrinkled. I'm guessing it was an effect of the acrylic clear coat I applied to further protect the work.
King Kong I sprayed a much lite coat over, but I noticed the same effect. It could just be that the works haven't cured plus it's been extremely hot all day and then we had a huge downpour and great humidity.
Laying the prints flat on the clean floor one on top of each other to weigh them down I figure might help them flatten themselves out and dry out completely in that position.
Again though I'm faced with outdoor works or indoor/outdoor works which are not as durable as I want them to be. I guess I could spend a lot of money to frame them under glass or other weather proof material but that's not what I want to do nor is it economically feasible for me.
So this work has maybe pushed me into wanting to make a large supersized outdoor sculpture with even more permanence ( steel or cement)? but the work done has been worth while because the attention they got was really way beyond what I expected and like I said they are serving for the purpose they were meant for.
For now though it's back to the main day business until I find more time for the art. Good day to all! :-)
Oh well Milija all I can say to that is that I never expected it to draw everyone's attention, I only said it would draw attention.
I think it did that, including yours considering you posted in this thread, now if you like or don't like the art that is a different story since I make no assumptions of what people like or dislike, either way is ok because first and foremost I make art I like, if others like it that's just a cherry on top. :-)
So I don't believe I've earned the right to eat my hat if that's what you meant by your comment. :-)
What a brilliant idea, Mario! I always say, most of what I photograph looks better really large. It's hard to sell art online when the client can only see a thumbnail or a small version - way to think out of the box!
You're making me think (something I only do once in a while). I have some ideas percolating about how I can get eyes on my own stuff.
Keep posting - and thanks for being an inspiration!
Ok Milija, if you make it a dark chocolate hat I can eat it exclusively for you! Lol! Thank you. :-) I didn't understand what you meant in your first post, I'm sorry. :-)
Thank you Betsy!
Thank you Mary! You are correct, every thing looks better in large I think.
I am happy to make you think and even more delighted to know that something I did inspires you and maybe others! :-)
My printer can print on canvas sheets I think, I might try that next if I do another of these super size works.
They might be more durable any easier to glue than the photographic paper and they might not tend to bubble after clear coating them.
I really can't tell from the distance they look great but from up close it's notable and since I might want to display them after in my studio I'm putting together upstairs I want them to look just right.
Not a chance Milija, the giant images have been a huge success and the minute I place them outside, people drive by telling me how they love the art or they stop asking if it's for sale, both those activities I classify as drawing attention. Therefore a hat dinner is not on my plate, not even one bite. Lol!
Another weekend almost gone, it's been raining today and I've gotten tired of taking the large art out and bringing it inside.
So I have put it to the test and I have left them outdoors hanging on the side of the barn but I made two rolled up tarps that hang above the artworks and that I can easily let down over the works so that they don't get wet.
This will be the ultimate test as to their durability. I created another large work but not as large , this new one is 2 Ft. x 4 Ft and I glued them to a coated melamine board done in black chalk board on one side and white gloss on the other,
This time I used gorilla spray glue and I sprayed both the print and the melamine board for a stronger bond. I've also held off on spraying the finishing coat of crystal clear acrylic until the glue totally dries out. The melamine sheets were affordable at only $5.38 each for a 2' x 4' 1/4" thick sheet.
I have no idea how well or not this will do out in the Florida weather.
These last two were made of melamine board backing, I used monster spray glue instead of the 3m glue. So far the photo paper adhered really good and flat onto the melamine board.
lIt has been rainy here every day for the past 3 or 4 days so there is plenty of humidity. I did not seal these with the crystal clear acrylic spray but I plan on it once the glue cures for a few more days and dries really good.
The other two larger ones, Kayapo woman and King Kong I have left out doors in this rain with a tarp over them, it's going to be a surprise what I find once I remove the tarps when the weather dries out, they might be fine or they might be destroyed?
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