Thursday, November 4, 2010

Artwork DIY aka Flock of Seagulls

Back to my nightmare room. It's so horrible that "I ran, I ran so far away..."

You know. Flock of Seagulls? Never mind. You'll see (hopefully) in a minute.

Against my better judgement I didn't run away, but am sticking it out and finishing this room. It room used to be called the family room, now we call it the toy room.

Remember this picture?

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Poor Mr. RBR.

Well that hutch-type thing on the left is built-in. And it needs major help. It had so much junk on the shelves and I thought it looked cluttered, so I ripped the top two shelves out of it at some point and hung frames there.

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I didn't have any artwork, so I bought some scrapbook paper and put it in the frames. I wanted them to be eclectic and "not quite match", if that makes sense.

And that is the end of the tutorial. Kidding! I'm kidding.

I kind of liked the mix of colors, but they looked, well, exactly like scrap book paper in frames. Not like artwork. I also thought they were too mismatched.

Then I remembered seeing a tutorial (gosh, I wish I could find it back). It was a totally different process, but they made a silhouette. And then I was thinking what I had that'd make a cool silhouette. Then I remembered this photo I took this summer.

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I love it, but I haven't used it. I haven't even had it printed! But I thought the birds would make cool silhouettes. So I brought the photo into photoshop and I outlined the birds I wanted to use, until it looked like this.

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I didn't know where I wanted the silhouettes placed on the page, so I printed them out and cut them out individually with an exacto knife.

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I eyeballed where I wanted each to go, then traced each silhouette with pencil on the backside of a dark brown piece of paper. Then I cut out the bird shape again with an exacto so there was a hole in dark brown paper in the shape of the bird. Through this hole is where the original scrapbook paper would show through. Finally I assembled the frames again. Here's the result.

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Before. Just scrapbook paper.

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After. Artwork!

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One thing I did learn is that smaller and quieter patterns with less contrast work best in this application. Here is an example.

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I think this one is more successful than this one.

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I may redo it. Or maybe not.

I used a computer to make the silhouette shapes, but you can do it with a projector, or a light table, or stencils, or... I don't know. Lots of ways. Be creative! Make your own flock of seagulls or something else. Then show me what you did.

1 comment:

  1. came over here from YHL....this is a fabulous idea! Looks great!

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