In celebration of re-launching my Etsy Shop under the newly christened name of Savvy Journey, I wanted to share a How-To on creating a simple, yet beautiful art print or printable for display in your home or as a gift.
Although I consider myself an artist and quite creatively inclined, I would never assume to call myself a graphic artist. I have a close friend, Ebby, who is an amazingly talented and SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) trained graphic artist, so I know what it means to be a true graphic artist or designer. And, I do not by any stretch of the term, fall under that category.
But, thanks to so many options in software and websites, the every day artist can easily create simplistic, yet lovely “art”. I will go so far as to say, that even those who do not consider themselves artistic or creative in any way, can also easily create these art prints, and that is all thanks to websites like PicMonkey.
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Okay, let’s get started. The floral wreath is a very pretty and popular printable. If you go to Etsy and search for Floral Wreath, you’ll see that there are many, many options out there. This tutorial will share an easy and fun way to create your very own Floral Wreath Printable for free.
Step 1: Go to PicMonkey
Pic Monkey is a free website and you don’t even have to sign up to use it. If you want to create projects and save them to work on later, you may want to sign up with their free subscription so that you can save projects in your “Hub”. But, you don’t have to. You can also pay for additional features if you choose.
Step 2: Hover over “Design” at the top of the page, then a “start your design” section will pop up. Click on the blank canvas link in the middle.
Step 3: Next will pop up the canvas size options. Stick with a basic 8×10 and click on that option.
Step 4: You will open to the blank canvas and the editing bar across the left hand side. The first option that it opens to is the “Basic Edits” tool bar. Here you can change your canvas color to any color you choose. I’m going to stick with a white background for this project. You’ll want to hit “apply” if you change the canvas color, but don’t worry if you forget, PicMonkey will have a pop up asking if you’d like to save your change before moving on.
Step 5: Move your mouse over to the Butterfly icon on the left, this is the Overlays section. Click on the butterfly icon.
Step 6: What will pop up are themes for you to choose from. The theme we are using is the Wedding Theme, this is the pink one with the two love birds dressed like a bride and groom.
Step 7: This is a super simple way to create the Floral Wreath, no artistic ability required. There are four “wreath” options under the wedding tab. The prettiest one full of beautiful pink flowers is the one on the far left. Click on this wreath.
Step 8: Once you’ve clicked on it, it will pop up on the canvas, but will start out quite small. You will want to enlarge it to fill up most of the page. The wreath will have a square box around it with small circles on each corner. Hover over one of these corner circles till you seen the double arrow on your mouse pointer. This is what will allow you to drag and enlarge the wreath to the desired size.
Step 9: Then move it to the center of the page. You may want to move, then enlarge some more, then move it again. You move, by hovering over the middle of the wreath, your mouse pointer will be come the compass symbol, this will let you move the wreath around the canvas.
Step 10: Once you’ve centered your wreath on the canvas, you will want to add text to your art. To add text, move your mouse over the to Tt, this is the text button, click on it.
Step 11: You can now scroll through all the different types of fonts that are available. The ones that have a “gold crown” next to them are called “royal features” and you have to pay a subscription to use those. But, there are many wonderful fonts available for free. Choose a font you like, I’m going to start with “La Belle Aurore”
Step 12: Click on your desired font first, then go to the top and click on “Add Text”
Step 13: A text box will pop up on your canvas and a “text editor” box will pop up to the right of your canvas. To type in your text, click into the text box that says “type your text here”. You can also change the size of your text and the color using the editor box on the right. When I started this project, I clicked on the “centered” icon to make sure the text was centered and changed my font to a light pink.
Step 14: You can write any word or phrase you choose, here I wrote “He Is Risen” for an Easter themed printable. You can highlight the words once their written and change the font color and size either by dragging it, using the slide in the editor box or clicking directly where the font size number is and changing it by typing in a number.
Step 15: You can then click out of the text box, by clicking outside of the canvas. Then by hovering over the words, you’ll see your compass symbol for the mouse again and you can drag to center your words.
Step 16: At this step you can change your color if you choose by clicking again into the text box and highlighting the words, I changed my words back to a black color.
Here is another option with the word “Spring” instead. I enlarged it to 542 point font, changed the font to Emily’s Candy and changed the font color to this pink (code: a10057). You can change to a specific color by clicking on the code in the editor box next to color. Delete the current code and add the code you want, like the one I gave you above.
Step 17: To print, first make sure that you’ve created your printable in the highest quality. Click on the gear in the top right hand corner of your screen. This will pop up with three options: Jack, Bubbles and King Kong. Make sure you’ve chosen King Kong.
Step 18: Go to the “Save” Icon and click on it. When the Save screen comes up, make sure you’ve chosen “Sean” as your quality here and also make sure your dimensions say 2400 x 3000 px, this will ensure your printed artwork will fit into an 8×10 frame. Click “Save to my computer”
Step 18: Once you’ve saved it to your computer, don’t forget where you’ve saved it! I can’t tell you how many times I saved something, only to not find it when I go looking for it! You can then do several things. You can take the image, which is a JPEG, to a print shop or print kiosk and print it just like any photo. You can send it off to a printing service like Shutterfly, you can print from home on photo paper or print onto regular printer paper. If you are printing to photo paper at home, refer to the photo paper package instructions and your printer’s manual. If you are printing onto regular printer paper, make sure you do the following in the print settings:
- The Orientation is set to “Portrait”
- The Paper Size is set to “Letter”
- The Photo Size is set to “8×10”
Now you can print and cut to size.
Add to a frame and either display in your home or gift it!
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