A couple years ago I had a painting done of Collin by Modern Bird Studios, which I love. You can see my review of MBS here. I've always wanted a few more paintings, but at a few hundred dollars a piece, that wasn't going to happen anytime soon.
So I decided to see what I could do with my own skill set.
And here's how I did it.
Start with your photo. Upload to picmonkey.
Not all photos will work.
You may have to upload several before you find one that works nicely.
Put on a nice movie and play around for a couple hours. If you're not rushed, it's pretty fun.
Head over to Exposure and brighten your photo up.
Overexposed is good for keeping shadows from being too dark.
Click the little beaker, and find "Posterize".
Change the number of colors to 2. You don't want anymore than two for the right look.
The detail will default at 80%. I liked it more like 85% for most photos.
You may have to go back and play with the photos. I had to lightened Shane's beard in several photos, using the highlighting option.
Once you have your photos saved in the largest option available, print them out in whatever size you want. I send mine to Costco photo. Make sure to print in luster. Not glossy. And turn off "Autocorrect".
Grab a bunch of scrap wood and cut the photos to fit. I used some of Shane's scrap 3/4 inch and .25 inch MDF. You could use just about anything. Even wood blocks you have laying around. Though blocks would really only work for setting on a shelf, not hanging on a wall.
For a few photos, I wanted them a specific size, so I had Shane cut the wood accordingly.
Once photo is cut to fit the wood, apply a thin layer of mod podge. Make sure there are no clumps. Glue photo, using a very clean and dry cloth to smooth out any bubbles.
Sorry about the quality of these photos. I was doing this all at about 11pm one night.
If you have your photos on a nice thick wood and want to use them to sit on a shelf, you're done!
But if you want them for the wall....
Lay out all the photos just how you want them on the wall.
Turn them over.
Grab some self leveling picture hangers and attach to some small MDF squares.
The picture hangers cost me about $8 for 30. It was my biggest expense of the project since I used scrap wood.
Use wood glue to glue onto wood like you see above.
Then glue one more piece of the same size MDF below to keep your "art" supported.
This will add nice shadow and depth to your wall collage.
Allow glue to dry overnight.
Or get your fine husband to do it for you, sit back and enjoy the view.
Not too shabby.
I love sitting at my desk and seeing all those happy memories looking down at me.
Oh.....but we aren't done yet!
While I was editing photos I thought it might be fun to do something nice for of few of my "blogging friends".
Found this cute family pic on Natalie's blog.
Her's was the first mommy blog I ever read.
This is for you Natalie.
Jacky from The Sweetest Petunia is my most frequent commenter.
And I don't care what people say, every blogger loves comments.
(Come out of lurkdom people!)
I grabbed this photo of her marriage proposal from her blog.
This is for you Jacky.
(For this photo I cloned out the boat in the background and had to darken the seat Jacky was sitting on.)
My new favorite blog is "My name is Jacy". I'm not even sure how I found it, but it's wonderful. I think each and everyone of you should go visit to be inspired and entertained.
I found this photo of Jacy and her little boy on her blog.
This is for you Jacy.
Jacy's son's hair is soooo light, I had to add streaks with the mascara option to show any hair at all.
Natalie, Jacky and Jacy, email me your addresses and I will get you your little artwork in the mail.
Oops! Jacky, it looks like I may have made you a second piece. I guess I just couldn't decide with photo to use.
P.S. All of the above photos were done on .25 MDF. I wanted them to be able to sit nicely on their own, so to keep them nice and sturdy, I glued a little wood to the lower back for support. Worked great.
Just for fun, I'm going to make one other lucky natalie's sentiments reader their own Mod art piece with a photo of their choice. Just as a thanks for reading. Leave a comment below and I'll randomly select one next week. US addresses only.
Let me know if any of you try making your own Modern art pieces! I'd love to see how they turn out. (I may even put some examples on my blog if you send me pics.)