The first thing to do is to find your prints and this is actually quite easy. The Graphic's Fairy has a good selection but the best place is the Peter H. Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I entered the site through Curbly but I will put a direct link to the library in the resource section. If you just Google "Free Botanical Prints" you will find lots of sources and also see a book called Instant Wall Art. The book is reasonable but I loved looking at the different prints and I chose prints that had meaning to me - orange, lemon, English walnut and pine. I did not chose them because of color but because of what they have meant to me in my life. I started by printing out my first print on this Kodak Matte paper - I always keep it around because I love the way the color comes out - amazing. You could also print these out on linen or canvas paper. Another and more varied source for art that is in the public domain is a site called Vintage Printable. This site has lots of images that are legal for you to use. Remember to make sure that any image that you use is not copyrighted.
I set my printer on the matte paper setting and best print and was amazed at the quality of the printing. It looks so much better in person.
I bought simple frames and removed the backs and the points that hold the back in with needle nose pliers (see the first photo) then used glazing points to keep the glass in the frame. These frames are around $10 and when I bought mine they were on sale half-off.
After printing the botanicals I set them on the floor and set one on the top of the frame to see if I liked the look before going forward.
Before framing the edge needs to be removed. No matter how you set the printer to print to the edges you will always have some part of an unprinted edge. Either carefully cut the edge with scissors our preferably use a cutter like this to trim the edge. The cutters are inexpensive and perfect for a job like this.
The best way to finish off the prints is to have another piece of glass cut and place the print in place and glue the back piece of glass. If you do not want to do this than you could use a clear adhesive dot - this is just one brand they are readily available at any craft store or you can make your own using Aleene's Tack-It over and over glue.This is the wall where the botanical prints are to be placed.
Finished - well maybe. The angle of the photo is a little deceiving as the prints look more in scale than the photo shows. I have decided to live with them for awhile and I may decide to send some files to Staples and frame larger prints or maybe will just leave them as is....time will tell. I also need to decide if I want to go to the expense of non-glare glass as this area of my house gets lots of sunlight. As I say, time will tell.
This is an easy and inexpensive way to bring some nature into your home. Simple frames, fussy frames, matted, not matted, prints that fill the frame, your call, your house. These also make a great gift.
Graphic's Fairy, Botanicals, http://thegraphicsfairy.com
Peter H. Raven Library,http://www.botanicus.org/item/31753002839139
Vintage Printable, http://vintageprintable.com/
Paper cutter, http://amzn.to/1MCcs4
Glazing points, http://amzn.to/1UtzywN
Kodak Matte Photo Paper, http://amzn.to/1M1g6oo
Canvas paper for inkjet printers, http://amzn.to/1q3W2Z1
Aleene's Tack-It over and over glue, http://amzn.to/232KIKj
Frames, Hobby Lobby
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