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« on: July 22, 2010 07:57:59 AM »

A couple of years ago (yes... years!!) i got inspired by this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237796.msg2609869#msg2609869 and asked my mom to pixelate a photo I had taken of my son when he was a baby.

I then bought a square 1cm punch and started matching tiny squares punched out of magazines to my "pattern".

Two things I learned while completing this project:

- Colors as you see them in magazines are totally different once isolated into a small cm square... What looked purple turns out to be gray, etc...

- People are WAAYYYYYY too tanned... Pretty much all of the skin was done using parts of white objects or the portions of models' faces that caught the most light i.e. nose, forehead, etc...

It took a long time and I'm so glad I got it finished... My family admitted once it was over that they thought I would never get through with it... and honestly... neither did I! Took about a year and a half of on and off (mostly off!!!) work...

Since in my house I always see it from a distance, may look better if you squint a little while looking at it    Wink







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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010 08:09:43 AM »

WOW! From the thumb nail I thought it was one of those picture cross stitches Smiley I would love to try something like that. It does make a wonderful piece of artwork for your wall.
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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010 08:10:10 AM »

Wow!  Awesome  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010 08:48:07 AM »

Wow.  I kinda want to try it, but not really.  lol.  How big is it?
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010 10:24:57 AM »

Rocks! I think I'm just crazy enough to try this!!!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010 10:50:43 AM »

WoW!! This is incredible!
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010 11:19:03 AM »

Awesome! I'm hitting ROCKS for this project. Glad you completed it and shared it with us.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010 11:41:10 AM »

Thank you so much!

It was a lot of work but well worth it, I encourage you who are inspired to give it a try!

The visible part in the frame is about 27" x 39"...
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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010 12:39:26 PM »

That is absolutely fantastic. I want to do one now...but ohh boy..I bet that was a miserable thing to work on!
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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2010 04:17:53 PM »

That is amazing! Excellent work and what tenacity and dedication! It's beautiful!
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2010 11:26:17 PM »

Wow!  That looks fantastic.  Totally worth the time you spent on it. Unique.
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2010 01:09:08 AM »

AMAZING!!!
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2010 10:47:45 AM »

Goodness, you must have the patience of Job! You did an amazing job on this.
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2010 03:32:13 PM »

Holy impressive!  What a great project!
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2010 11:19:17 PM »

This rocks SO hard I have no words for it! I hope you become a featured craft of 2010 because just wow! I've done some stuff similar to this, but nowhere near the scale with such small pieces (yes I consider 1cm small).
Great job! Seriously, I'm in awe of your patience!
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« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2010 06:36:56 PM »

I've bookmarked this, hit this rocks, shown it to my husband, looked at it constantly for the past two days.....I am thinking I need to give this a try!

Could you give me some insight to how you got started, what you attached them with, etc. (I read your tips about colors changing and people being too tan)  I just want to make sure I understand it all before I do it! 

Thanks!
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« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2010 07:48:54 AM »

Haha, thanks greenishfroggie     Wink

As I mentioned, I used a square punch to cut the squares... it would have been impossible otherwise (or at least I wouldn't have had THAT much patience!). I got this from a scrapbooking supplies store.

I then glued them onto black foam core using an ordinary glue stick. Using foam core was really practical as I could easily move and store my project without fearing it would come apart. I chose black foam core so that it wouldn't be as obvious if there were any cracks between some squares...

On my "pattern", I divided the whole picture in 4 x 4 squares so that I could keep track of the progress and applied the squares to the board in the same fashion. Punch out 16 squares, glue them on.... repeat 192 times, easy!

At first I thought of sealing the finished project with modpodge but decided not to do it 'cause I was paranoid it might seep through the paper too much and reveal the color/pattern of the other side of the paper or simply the black board underneath...

So I just framed the whole thing and it worked out perfectly!

That's pretty much it, very simple overall, just takes a lot of patience! It was great for relaxing, very mind numbing after a while!

On a final note... as I was working on this project, I saw a commercial for Behr paint I think it was... you could see all kind of objects, situations, etc and then a little square got punched out of it to show that you could match their paint colors to anything.... Whoa, I felt like that commercial was meant for me at that moment! HA!

Thank you all for your nice comments   Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2010 05:48:54 AM »

oh my that looks realistic!!
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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2010 10:45:35 AM »

So this weekend while browsing through AC Moore I was significantly upset that I could not find a square paper punch. I really like this idea and I am gonna be moving into my own place soon so I need some wall art and this is an AWSOME idea.
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2010 12:54:02 PM »

Thanks alphabits!  Smiley

I really want to try this, now I have to find the perfect picture! 

Thanks again for all the tips!  It is a beautiful piece of work!
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« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2010 01:42:31 PM »

VERY cool! must have taken some serious dedication. also, your kid is CRAZY cute!   Grin

well done!
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« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2010 03:51:03 PM »

Wow, that is very impressive. This past spring I had to take a class on color and we worked alot with tiny swatches.  3072 is just an incredible. I need to find one of those tiny square hole punches. The hobby store where I live only had the punches with the rounded edges.
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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2010 04:31:40 PM »

Awesome!
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« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2010 02:30:52 AM »

wow that looked fiddly! Shocked not surprised it took so long.
truly worth the effort though, it looks amazing!
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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2010 11:57:52 AM »

That turned out amazing...and made me feel totally guilty that I have never finished my watercolor quilting projects from years ago that are the same look, only 2" fabric squares sewn together. 
My DH has a poster of Van Gogh's Starry Night that is made up of small sections of Van Gogh's paintings.  It used to hang in our living room before he replaced it with a large ship model.
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« Reply #25 on: August 08, 2010 02:20:27 PM »

This is beautiful.  I wish I had your patience.
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« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2010 02:14:01 PM »

This is extremely awesome, so beautiful:)
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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2010 12:44:01 PM »

I think I might try this but I will probably use a variety of scrapbook paper scraps and my paper trimmer to cut long strips that I can then snip 1cm pieces off of. I love it anyway! Do you know how your mom pixelated the original picture?
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2010 07:11:49 PM »

Great job! And kudos to you for sticking with it, I would never have the patience! It really looks detailed as the little thumbnail on the board. Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2010 09:55:15 AM »

So much dedication! This turned out great and has inspired me for sure   Cheesy
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« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2010 09:41:14 AM »

HOLY WOW!
Thats absolutely amazing. I know right now I would not have the patience for that. Ever.
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« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2010 05:45:28 AM »

Incredible... O_O
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« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2010 06:33:25 PM »

That's magnificent! I would love to try that, but I don't know if I would ever finish.  Once I did a portrait painting of 4,800 tiny squares and it took ages.  Maybe I'll give it a try!
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« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2010 02:51:32 PM »

Thanks again for the super nice comments everyone... I happened to be staring at the frame earlier today and once again couldn't believe I actually got it done! I'm glad it inspired some of you to try and I hope you do and show us the results!

I'd say, for the ones who aren't too sure about giving it a try, maybe start with a picture that has less details in it so you wouldn't have to break it down into so many pixels...

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« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2010 04:08:02 PM »

I have been SCOURING the internet and stores for a small square hole punch!!! All I have is a 1 inch, and while I did do a couple things with 1/4 inch, I had to cut those myself. I'd love for a 1/4 inch or 1/8th inch punch, but no.... This project is great and your patience is astounding!
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« Reply #35 on: December 28, 2010 05:53:49 AM »

Can't believe someone could actually make this.

Very nice job!
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« Reply #36 on: December 28, 2010 02:44:42 PM »

I love art like this! Do you have any pictures from across a room?
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« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2011 11:30:05 AM »

incredible!! Smiley How long did this take I am definately doin' this.
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« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2011 03:34:27 AM »

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