Sometimes, I like to pretend I am a Photographer who takes amazingly beautiful pictures of my children…the rest of the time I like to be mom and take endless amount of pictures of my children. Between the two roles, I sometimes whip out decent photos that I am proud to say…”I did that.”
Yeah…I did that ^^and it was a lot of hard work to get that shot! Literally, I had to keep her from smiling. It was insane.
I really wanted to add some sort of pattern or graphic to the vanity area in my girl’s room and all I could think about were black and white photography. They are timeless and in their room it would make a statement especially if I got the backdrop just right.
SIDENOTE: I tried to get a photo(s) of both my daughters, but my other daughter had the wiggles and the case of the bouncy’s that day…well, everyday for the matter. It is okay because I have other blown up shots of her that I can put elsewhere.
It is crazy to think that I purchased the canvas used on this project a whole year ago…yes, I had plans then. I also planned on posting this as a post as a tutorial…but I happened to work on this project in the late evening, so pictures were no bueno.
As much as I would love an oversized professional print…it is simply not in my budget. So I did what I normally do when I want an oversized black and white print…I went to my local FedEX Kinkos. The price for the print was $10 and some change. I am pretty sure other office stores can offer the same product but the price may be cheaper or a little more. I would call around and ask what they charge for a print X size printed on the engineer machine.
To keep cost low on this project, I had no other choice but to try decoupaging…again. Let’s just say, it is not my thang. You cannot really tell but this project was an air bubble disaster. Oh my…yes it was! Guess how I fixed that problem?…I popped those suckers once the photo was almost dry then I slapped some (not a lot) modge podge over it and tried to flatten it out. I guess that is the secret to decoupaging, because I literally have no air bubbles…AMAZING!…I wish I knew this sooner, it would have saved me the trouble on past projects.
I did not want the photo to distract from all the other pieces in the room so I took a more subtle approach to choosing a paint for the rim of the canvas. In my stash of mistints, I found a mauve-purplish color and painted the rim of the canvas and a border of about 1 1/2″. After the paint dried, the decoupaging began.
Although this piece turned out amazing…I am still feel a bit hesitant to try my hand at decoupaging,. Do you have any decoupage secrets that you can share?