Gone are the days of commercial printing being expensive and only for large quantities. Now you can print almost anything for the home without it breaking the bank.
Melbourne homewares expert Brianna O’Neil said that it can even give non creatives a creative outlet as well as save a few dollars.
"The great thing about the digital print process is that a camera phone or low cost flatbed scanner can turn old momentos, books and pictures into a statement homewares piece,” said Ms O'Neil.
"Just visiting your local Big W, Officeworks or Harris Scarfe will open your eyes to the many digital printing options” she said, “and if you know where to go to find great imagery, the options are endless.”
“If you are not a photographer, designer or illustrator, there are plenty of sources on the internet for free images – especially if you don’t plan to use them commercially. www.gratisography.com for photography and www.thegraphicsfairy.com for pre copyright vintage imagery, just to name a couple.”
Ms O’Neil recommended the following DIY Digital projects for your home -.
• For the kitchen – Print a set of mugs using pages from your favourite books
• For the bedroom – Use an interesting image or pattern from an overseas holiday to create a woven throw rug for the end of the bed or chair.
• For the bathroom – Digitally printed patterned tiles can be used as a frieze or feature area. Use sheet music from a favourite song if you are musical.
• For outdoors – Plastic placemats can add colour and interest to an outdoor table. Use old family photos to capture memories.
• For Christmas – Digitally print ornaments for the Christmas tree using interesting patterns and textures from vintage sources.
“It may sound difficult if you are not crafty, but it really is just a case of uploading your preferred file and the retail outlet will take care of the rest.”
More design and decorating tips are available from www.hibernatedesign.com.au
Brianna O’Neil has 12 years of experience in the design industry in Australia and London having worked as a Graphic Designer, Homewares Designer and Property Stylist. She is the director of online art and homewares store, hibernate.
hibernate is a Melbourne based and art and homewares online store. We specialise on typographic interpretations of iconic artists and musicians.
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