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Take the large piece to be stretched, and ironed it out flat.

Then fold it into quarters (so I would later be able to find the center), and ironed creases into it. The “+” crease will mark the center of the canvas.

Iron creases into the stretching canvas

Iron creases into the stretching canvas

For each page that you printed, there will be a small white margin visible. You can either trim these off of all the pages (and then assemble the image edge-to-edge), or do as I did, which was to start with pages that still had the border and just trim the edges of pages that I would overlap over those borders (I decided this was easier).

To mark where I needed to cut, I just laid a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper over the fabric and traced the outline. Along the way I discovered that many of the pages printed a little cock-eyed, so I had to monkey around with where to draw the outline to cut. Nothing needs to be completely exact, as you can always fix stuff by painting over it later:

Trace out the edge to cut

Trace out the edge to cut

Unfold the large canvas so that the “+” crease is on the ironing board. Find the center of your image from the numbered print preview:

Find the center of the image

Find the center of the image

In my case, this means that I need to find pages 15, 16, 21 and 22. One-by-one, peel off the paper backing, position the page image side up & sticky side down to the canvas center. Iron each page down according to the Heat Bond instructions:

Iron the image onto the stretching canvas

Iron the image onto the stretching canvas

Here’s a step I should have done. When you have ironed all of the pages down, flip the whole canvas over to look for places where the glue didn’t stick correctly (it’s easier to see it from this side). Re-iron where necessary.

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So you’ll need 2 large pieces of fabric – 1 to stretch over the frame, and 1 to cut up into 8.5 by 11 pieces to print on.

For the large canvas to stretch, I just bought a piece of natural colored muslin from Walmart. I made sure that this piece would be large enough to stretch around, and behind, the frame so that it could be stapled down.

The second piece only needed to be as large as the image in Visio, but enough that it could be cut into the correct number of 8.5 x 11 sheets.

I also bought a bunch of heavy duty Heat Bond (from Walmart). Heat Bond is like glue stuck to paper. You iron the sticky side to the fabric, and when it cools, you can peel off the paper backing, flip the fabric sticky side down, and iron that onto to another piece of fabric.

Heat Bond

Heat Bond

Iron the fabric that will be cut into the 8.5 x 11 pieces.

Iron a sheet of the Heat Bond onto the fabric:

Iron the Heat Bond onto the fabric

Iron the Heat Bond onto the fabric

Cut away the strip of fabric with the Heat Bond:

Cut the Heat Bond'd strip

Cut the Heat Bond'd strip

Use a piece of paper to trace 8.5 x 11 rectangles on the paper backing of the Heat Bond. The paper should be wide enough to trace 2 columns of rectangles:

Trace rectangles

Trace rectangles

Cut out the rectangles, and trim neatly so that they will go through the ink jet printer:

Cut out the 8.5 x 11" rectangles

Cut out the 8.5 x 11" rectangles

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I used Microsoft Visio to enlarge the photo, as it will let me print portions of the photo onto 8.5 x 11 sheets. You may be able to do this in Microsoft Word or other programs, but I haven’t checked into it.

First you need to calculate how large you want the portrait to be. Once you do that, you need to get exact calculations by pulling out your high school algebra to be sure that the size you want maintains the same ratio of the original photo.

Open Visio, and create a new page with the custom size that you calculated:

Select the page size

Select the page size

Import the picture, and manually size it to fill the page. Adjust the Print Setup so that it will print onto 8.5 x 11 pages

Set the print setup

Set the print setup

 

Look at the print preview to check that pages will come out as you expect:

Check the Print Preview

Check the Print Preview

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Sharing old projects


My first few posts will fill you in on some past projects before I jump into sharing the new ones

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