Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY School Picture Collage

When I was a child, school started the week after Labor Day and we got out by Memorial Day. Summer seemed to last forever. And, I loved it! Now, school seems to start earlier every year. I don't know about the rest of the country, but the kids here in Georgia are already back in school. In my county, they already have a week of school under their belt!

Plus, when I was in school, there was only one picture day a year. Now there's a Fall picture day and a Spring picture day. So before you know it the kids will be fretting over what to wear for picture day! This project is a fun way to make those posed school pictures a little more unique.

Start by printing out the school picture. If you have an ink jet printer, the color may be altered. For this project, I don't mind that. If you don't want the color altered, have a copy made at an office supply store using a laser printer. If there is writing in the picture, print it out in reverse or the writing will end up backwards.

Generously cover a wooden panel with gel medium. You can find the wooden panels next to the canvas at your art supply store.

Lay the printed picture ink side down on the gel covered panel. Gently rub the paper to make sure it adheres to the panel.
Now...walk away!
This is the hardest part of the project. Allow the paper to cure for 24 hours. Once the waiting game is over, use a damp rag and gently start to rub the paper away from the panel.

Use a damp rag and wash on acrylic paint to the front of the panel around the picture.

I added wood stain to the sides of the panel. You could use the same paint you added to the front or use another color.

Now for the embellishments! Glue Scrabble tiles onto a Scrabble tile tray to spell out the child's name.

Glue the tray onto the panel.

You could center the tray but I glued the tray off center because I planned to add pencils to the right side of the panel.
I added a broken ruler across the top.
I filled the gap with a pretty cardboard flower with beads that I got at the craft store.

This is a fun project that the kids can get involved with. Start a gallery wall and see how their artwork changes as they change!

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  1. This is such a cute idea for those special school days pics. I too, hate that the kids today don't get a three month summer.


  2. What a cute idea, VIrginia! If I had a nickel for every school picture I have of my three kids I'd be rich! Well,almost:) Can't believe they start so early in your neck of the woods, although my oldest does start on the 18th ~ first day of high school! The next one starts Aug. 27th and my son doesn't start until Sept. 3 (and he's home schooled by me, so I'm happy with that date!) Love how you can include the kids in the project, too.
    xo Kathleen

  3. I don't have kids in school anymore, but this is a great project and a fun technique to use in other ways! Thanks for sharing it Virginia!

  4. Cute idea Virginia! Great way to turn a generic picture into something unique. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. What a great technique and you make it look so do-able.
    Here in the Uk kids still break up mid July and go back first week of sept and we only have 1 photo day (thank goodness) and that is usually mid Oct so you can buy them for Christmas presents!

  6. Well done and what a good idea! Especially love the paint wash and her name on the Scrabble holder. This would be a neat Grandparents gift!

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