A few months ago, I bought a frame from Ikea. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put in the frame, so I ended up using the cardboard that the frame was packaged in and a cool Photoshop brush that I downloaded and printed on cardstock.
What you’ll need:
- A cool frame
- Cardboard – usually it comes in the frame!
- An interesting picture to print and cut out
- Scissors and maybe an exacto knife
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic paint
- Painter’s tape – or any kind of masking tape will do
- Foam paintbrush
- A hair dryer (to help the acrylic paint dry faster!)
Step 1: Trace the opening of the frame on the cardboard (that had packaged the frame) and paint the cardboard a neutral color. I used just white acrylic paint.
Step 2: Choose an image you like, print it over several pieces of paper, and cut it out. I downloaded this cityscape brush for Photoshop from deviant art, and spread it across 4 pieces of card stock. Then I placed the cut-out image on my cardboard to visualize where it would lay so I could add more to the background.
Step 3: I dried my white acrylic paint with the hair dryer and cut out my oval. At this point, I decided that grey was a better neutral, so I re-painted with grey. Then I taped off some diagonal lines and added a contrast color.
Step 4: Once my paint was dry (super-fast, thanks to my handy hair dryer!), I glued down my printed and cut images with Mod Podge. If you look really closely, you can see the lines across the image where it’s 2 different pieces of paper.
Step 5: Place your new art in your frame and enjoy!
Share your ideas! Does this give you any inspiration?