Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is one of my all-time favorite paintings. So, when I was offered a chance to order a canvas print or wall mural from Photowall, I knew there was a high possibility that I’d be a proud new owner of Starry Night. First thing I did was conduct a search, and sure enough, it was there. But, I also wanted to know what else this Swedish company has to offer.
Photowall sells canvas prints and wall murals in an array of categories, from gorgeous, colorful landscapes to scenes of fantasy to some of the most recognizable paintings by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Jan Vemeer, and Claude Monet. You can even order a canvas print featuring your own photographs and illustrations.
When you are ready to order from Photowall, there are a few decisions to make.
Framing options include receiving the canvas only (in a roll without frame), or the company will send you a do-it-yourself frame (29 mm thick) that you put together. I chose the DIY frame.
Your print will come with an edge: black, white or an extension of the painting. I personally think having the painting as an edge is nice, but I felt I’d lose certain details, so I chose a black edge. Click on ‘View in 3D’ to get a real sense of how it will look.
The final price point of your canvas is determined by the dimensions of the print. Adjust the width and height in centimeters – from a minimum of 40 cm, up to 150 cm. I ordered an 80 x 60 cm print (31.5 inches x 23.62 inches). You are also given the opportunity to crop the image, as you see fit.
My Experience with Photowall’s Do-It-Yourself Frame
In addition to the canvas print and assembly instructions, I received four (4) frame sections, four (4) corner plates, sixteen (16) screws, and a hanging clip with screws to construct a wooden frame for my print.
After placing the canvas cloth (print facing down) on a wooden table, I took one of the frame sections and removed the protective paper. A rather sticky strip is revealed, which you then line up along one edge of the cloth and position between the corners of the cloth.
Make sure that the “ridge” of the wood is facing the inside of the print. At this point, you’re supposed to smooth over the cloth to the frame piece, but I didn’t just yet (too nervous to commit to the stickiness). Repeat this step for the rest of the frame sections.
Next, fold the corners of the cloth towards the tape of the frame sections.
Once complete, start turning the frame sections (one by one) inwards.
For me, the last one was the tightest fit, but with a little muscle…everything eventually comes into place. I did put the frame together with my mother, which helped keep the wooden pieces nicely aligned.
Line up the corner plates to the holes in the frames. Insert the screws and gently turn into place. Once the four corner plates are attached, go back and tighten all of the screws. You will notice that the canvas cloth becomes tensioned and the frame starts to come tighter together.
Now, I did have to redo two corners because after flipping over the finished product, I noticed that I did not position the canvas cloth to the very edge of one of the frames, which meant I could see a faint (but noticeable-to-me) sliver of the black border. I was able to peel the sticky adhesive and reposition to the edge after unscrewing two corner plates.
All in all, I say that a DIY frame takes about 20 minutes to complete. I suggest having someone help you to save time lining up everything and tightening the screws on the corner plates.
Also, Photowall has a handy YouTube video that shows exactly how to construct the frame.
High Quality Art Wall Prints
Photowall prints are eco-friendly (made from high-quality, pure cotton), fire-retardant, and resistant to fading in sunlight. The colors are bold, and I’m just so pleased with the Starry Night print that I received. To me, the DIY frame makes a Photowall purchase even more special because you can play a role in constructing a part of your painting, photo, or print. It gave me a sense of accomplishment, and if you have children, it’s a nice project for the two of you to do together. I wish I would have waited for my nephew so that he could have helped construct the frame. He was mesmerized by the painting, and since his class went over it in school, he was eager to discuss and analyze some of the details with me.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary canvas print in exchange for sharing my 100% honest thoughts and experience.
Who is your favorite artist and/or painting?