It’s almost too late to write about this, but it ties in nicely with the giveaway I’m doing. A little over a month ago I participated in Austin’s first CreateAthon, a 24-hour creative working session. Writers, artists and creative-types devote a full day of time to make marketing pieces for non-profits. It’s a win-win as the nonprofits get creative pro bono help and the creatives get the thrill of producing great work under the pressure of a ticking clock. Seriously though, most creatives thrive under that type of pressure.
Non-profits like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hope Alliance, and The Food & Wine Foundation of Texas sent a list of their needs and after 24-hours, had all new designs, jazzy copy, and a slew of new fans. My group was assigned to Austin Clubhouse, a rehabilitation program for adults with severe mental illness. We felt honored to help such a small, yet important organization. My team, by the way, rocked so hard. As I spent hours slugging through the copy and writing, they designed, illustrated, made layouts, and came up with the most gorgeous things. I heart artists!
We were tasked with redoing a very long, dry brochure and punching up a letter and turning it into a brochure. It doesn’t sound like much, but we were down to the wire. It was a LOT of work!
Let me mention our hosts: Build-A-Sign. The office was colorful and cool, the perfect environment to spark creativity. The staff that stayed with us throughout the night kept our spirits up and catered to our every whim. Keeping us caffeinated, well-fed, and providing ample space and privacy for the teams to work. Oh, and massages.
So Build-A-Sign does a bunch of cool creative stuff and they have a new site called Printcopia. They let me check out their canvas prints for free, so I chose a picture from my honeymoon. This is my favorite snorkeling spot in the world, Black Rock in Maui. Here’s my original photo:
The ordering process was very user-friendly. After I uploaded my photo the site walked me through a few options like sizing, canvas thickness, borders, display, finishing and retouching. The whole process took less than ten minutes. 14 days later I received my print.
For the border, I chose the mirror-style, which brings your photo to the very edge of the canvas and mirrors it on the edge. This way you don’t lose any part of your image on the front.
You can see the texture of the canvas when you get close to it, but it doesn’t distort the image in any way.
I never thought about putting my photos on canvas, but I can see the benefits. This is durable and ready to hang. It’s lighter weight than a glass and frame, and I won’t have to clean smudges. I haven’t decided where I’m going to hang it yet, but I’m thrilled with the quality and will be happy to look at this beautiful image every day. Man, I really need to get back to Hawaii.
One of you lucky readers will get a free 11×14 canvas print from Printcopia! Leave a comment telling me about a time when you volunteered, and I’ll do a random drawing on November 9th. Following Mad Betty on Facebook and Twitter will earn you extra entries.