Sunday, April 20, 2008

She's Crafty: Photo Blocks

So I found this online tutorial for creating Photo Blocks and I really, really wanted to try it out. I figured few people would appreciate the creativity and quirkiness of this little project, but my dear, creative friend Jamie would be one of those few. Jamie's birthday was this past Friday and it was the perfect excuse to try my hand at Photo Blocks. Enter Nicole Richie....




Jamie is a huge Nicole Richie fan (I don't know why, you have to ask her) Actually fan is an understatement. She thinks they're sisters or best friends or soul mates or something. But that's beside the point....



The first step was to find a high quality photo and then add a little interestingness to it. This is totally optional as you can use any photo you like but I wanted to spice it up a little and it was my perfect excuse to try out this Pop Art Tutorial. I originally wanted to use an image of Jamie and her boyfriend Randall but the quality was poor and thus PhotoShopping became too difficult and I wasn't pleased with the result. So I found the above image of Nicole Richie which was much easier to work with.

Once I created my Pop Art image I printed the photo out and it sat on my desk for a few weeks. That's how long it took me to find the wooden blocks. But alas after visiting several different Michael's locations I finally found these little guys....


The tutorial I used called for four 2" X 3" linoleum blocks but those were nowhere to be found and I actually think I like these better because it breaks up the photo into 6 pieces rather than 4 creating a little more of that "interestingness."

So once you find your blocks, grab some rubber cement, painters glaze and a mini sponge brush. Cut the image into 6 pieces, glue them on the blocks, seal with the glaze and voila! You have yourself a really unique gift that can double as wall art, a paper weight or maybe even a puzzle! (for your really slow friends)




You can stack them all sorts of ways for hours of entertainment.




And Ta-Da! Here is the final result. Not bad, huh?


4 comments:

Lynne said...

Great work Shelbs! I bet Jamie enjoyed.

Avery Bleu said...

Nice work, v. creative!

Lyndsy said...

This turned out so great! I LOVE it! So creative and original!

Baby Kalamakis said...

Very crafty!!! This would be a great baby gift! Hint, hint! ;)