*ad: this is a review post. The canvas was gifted to me by Photowall in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This photo was taken back in autumn. If you’re a regular reader, it might just ring a bell. It was a frosty morning and I lay down in the grass for a good hour, taking photos of the patch of purple toadstools. They’d appeared in the garden almost overnight. I revelled in the changing light, as the sun came up, capturing the subtle changes. Sparkling water droplets and the burst of colour. I was happy with the results. Plus I’d taken an hour to myself. It felt indulgent.
When Photowall, who produce custom wallpaper and prints, approached me to review one of their products, this photo was the first I thought of using. They have an amazing, large collection of images that you can use, instead of your own. All grouped in themes, such as nature, vintage, maps, transport, sport. If there’s not at least one image, that jumps out and sings to you, then call me surprised. It really is a fabulous collection.
They also do wallpaper and posters.
I wanted to test out how one of my photos would look on canvas. I was interested to see how true the colour would feel and also the sharpness.
It was really easy to order. You upload a photo to their website and it steps you through, finding the right size for your photo and its resolution. I went for a frameless print, as I love the way the image can be wrapped around the sides, but you can opt for framed.
I pressed go before 9am. By lunchtime, the next day, the package had arrived from Sweden. I don’t know if I hit a sweet moment, but seeing as there is a pandemic on the go, I thought it would take longer than the 1-2 working days.
The canvas arrives
It arrives as a kit, but don’t be put off. It is really easy to put together. Rip off the adhesive strip cover and line it up. Even the screws don’t need a screwdriver. It really is easy. I was surprised. It took less than five minutes. Everything you need comes in the box. Including a hook, screw and wall plug to hang it. (Obviously, you’ll need a drill and screwdriver of your own for that bit, but you would for any picture.)
So how did it look? I know this photo well. My eyes instantly jump to the parts that should be in focus, bright with light and saturated in colour. Part of me worried that it would not scale up and might lose its intensity.
I unrolled the canvas, holding my breath.
It worked. It really did. The colours of the purple toadstools are strong. The texture of was there and the light on the drops sparkle. The canvas gives it a matt surface, as expected. I am happy as a sand boy. It was far easier to order than I imagined.
I’m going to hang it at the top of the stairs. It looks better against the white wall than the stone around our inglenook. I’ll be able to see it every morning, as I start the day. Certainly a wonderful way to remind me of my indulgent, stolen hour, back last year.
Now I’ve seen the results of the purple toadstools canvas, I’m planning on ordering another print. I feel confident that a photo of Hero, the hound, would show his fur texture. I love being able to use my own photo. Receiving this one, certainly cheered me up during the current lockdown.
If you fancy livening up a space on your wall, at the moment, or maybe sending one as a present, Photowall have given me a discount code to share with you timetocraft25 which will give you a 25% discount. It’s valid until June 20th 2020. The price for a canvas starts at £38 and posters are from £22. Either use your own photo or choose one of their fabulous array of images.