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December 6, 2012 2:36 PM   Subscribe

How do I get a quotation nicely printed and framed?

I've always been partial to this Coolidge quote:"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

...and I'd love to get it printed nicely and framed on my office wall. Does anyone know of a service that will do this for me? Must I go to Kinkos after doing the layout myself on the GIMP?
posted by leotrotsky to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
you might want to check etsy and see if anyone there will custom letterpress it for you. i imagine that'd look pretty snazzy.
posted by koroshiya at 2:42 PM on December 6, 2012 [2 favorites]

Custom letterpress will be a lot more expensive, but nice.

I'd personally use one of the nicer print-on-demand places, or a local printer, rather than Kinkos, for something like this (intending to keep it for a long time.) Make sure to get it on archival paper using good ink.

In any case, take the print to Michael's or Hobby Lobby or whatever and have them frame it for you (use the 40% off coupons for sure.) It'll look a LOT nicer than you can do yourself, because it takes a bunch of goof-ups before you get good at that kind of work.
posted by SMPA at 2:57 PM on December 6, 2012

Maybe find a calligrapher?
posted by Ideefixe at 3:47 PM on December 6, 2012 [2 favorites]

posted by lockestockbarrel at 4:38 PM on December 6, 2012

Print it on heavy cardstock on a laser printer and get a standard cheap frame with a built-in mat, like from Ikea. The archival stuff and custom framing is only necessary if you plan on holding on to this for more than a decade. Another option is to upload it to a photo site and get it printed onto a canvas (like here) - looks swanky and modern.

I have a quote that we painted onto our wall at our last place, and this year for my husband's present, I'm drawing it onto a plain artist's canvas I bought from an art supply shop. I printed out the quote on a bunch of A4 pages to pin against the huge 2x1m canvas and with pencil lightly mark where words are placed, and then I'm hand-drawing in the text with a silver paint marker so it's clearly handmade but tidy.
posted by viggorlijah at 7:43 PM on December 6, 2012

2nding calligrapher. I did this exact same thing (different quote) as a gift for a friend. It was years ago, so can't remember how I found her. Her normal work was invitations and the like. I explained what I wanted and she made up something really, really nice. Did some water color work on it too. Wasn't too expensive from what I recall - few hundred bucks all matted and framed and everything.
posted by thatguyjeff at 9:46 AM on December 7, 2012

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