Every year I look for new creative spins to make my photos look creative and fun. Partly, because I’m a home school mom who is always looking for fun, creative projects. If I’m honest, I just love crafts. Since I have a variety of different craft projects, I try add a different one each month. My favorite DIY photo projects has to be canvas photos on my wall. From color photos to my simple black and whites, I love creativity and diversity.
Today I am dabbling into paints, yes I said paints. Years ago my family took our family picture in one of those mall photo boxes. You know the ones. You cram everyone in, and get crazy poses. Years later, this is still one of my favorite family pictures over the years; and all for only $2.00. So, today, we are making a similar DIY photo project: making pop art photos. Get ready, this is so much fun.
If you are doing this with the kids, get ready to have some fun. Let them get as creative as possible with their kid craft photo. The skies the limit on having fun. Get everything laid out. Give the kids instructions. Now, let them have fun!
What you need for pop art photo:
Unique Picture Frame with glass panels
Printed black and white Photo
Acrylic paints: white and one other color (Be Versatile)
Paintbrushes in multiple sizes
Razor blade (to scrape off any painting mistakes)
Pop Art Photo Directions:
The beauty of this DIY photo is you can do this very cheaply; using stuff around the house. I find whatever I have on hand. If you don’t have everything, just put this project on the back burner until you have everything. The beauty of DIY is the word: cheap!
1. Print off black and white photos from your computer. Make sure you measure your photo frame to make sure your printed black and white photo will fit perfectly.
2. Take the rubbing alcohol and clean the glass surface.
3. Place the photo on the glass surface. Use the painters tape to Secure the photo.
Tip: if you don’t have painters tape, use regular Tape.
4. Use a light paint(I like white) to be doing the highlights. For the highlights, you will use the white paint to highlight the hair, eyes, and teeth. Let this dry completely.
Tip: Mix and match with your paintbrushes. Each stroke should blend in.7
4. Use a tipped brush to now paint the dark features: face, neck, forehead, eyebrows, and and locks of hair or curls around the face. Use the brush to outline these dark features. Let your brush mimic what the picture is. Let this dry completely.
5. Now take the white paint with your other color you are using. Kids love to mix paints, so be sure to get then involved. Take your brush and gently dabble over the areas you just painted. The end effect will have lighter and darker areas. Let this dry.
Tip: As you work, you can pull the glass off the photo to see how you are doing. I like to use the razor now to scrape off anything that doesn’t look right. That’s why this project is so fun. You can mess up and it still look good.
6. Now, use a darker paint shade as your final paint tone. You can mix match your paint shades or just use a darker shade: your choice. Use your larger brush, and dabble the paint over the entire glass area. Let dry completely. Let this dry completely.
Pop art photo tips:
Use pictures that you can work with. Meaning, this us a fun project, so goofy pictures are accepted. I like to do settings of four. I will have four funny photos, four serious photos, etc… With the paint, you’ll be a able to cover minor issues like bumps, pimples, or other noticeable blemishes so no worries. Let the kids get involved. Allow them to pick out their own paints for their face. The paints used for each picture should blend well together. What I mean is you need to color coordinate. Make sure you have a good selection of paint brushes to choose from.
Enjoy! You’ve just created DIY Pop Art Photo Masterpieces.