Thursday, January 23, 2014

Photography Artwork

I saw an example of something like this somewhere and I thought it would be kinda cool to do as a gift for someone using my photographs. In this case, my parents were the lucky recipients!

It wasn't too hard to do, but I thought I'd throw together a little tutorial in case someone was curious about the steps I used.

The first thing I did was find a piece of plywood at Lowe's that was 24" x 24" and ask them to cut it into 4 equal 12" x 12" squares. I used one of those squares for subway art

The remaining three pieces I painted white.

Using Photoshop Elements, I changed the pictures into the shapes I wanted on a 10" x 10" canvas, and had them printed at Office Max.

Then I cut out the shapes. Note, for this part I was careful to keep the unwanted part of the page intact for the most part so I could use it as a template as I placed the shapes on the boards.

After using some double-sided scrapbooking picture tape to keep the shapes in place, I went over the front of the entire board, pictures and all, with Mod Podge.

After waiting for it to dry (and touching up any spots that looked like they needed another coat), I was done. Here are the three final products.

Waterfall in Kent State Park in CT

Niagara Falls

Fallingwater in PA (This one is my favorite!)