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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Rainbow Picture Mat on: June 27, 2009 02:20:44 PM
At the risk of seeming like a one trick pony, I enjoyed making my rainbow table tiles so much that I wanted to do one more thing before I moved on.  Smiley

A friend of mine is in the process of moving and she is currently hitting a lot of really depressing setbacks and snags along the way.  She was also instrumental in helping donate catalogs for my table tiles so I wanted to make her something to cheer her up and to say thanks.  She's really into photography and is starting to experiment in modling herself so I made her a picture frame she can hang in her new house!

I used the same technique as I did with my collage tiles only this time it was a lot easier because I could use magazines and not just catalogs!  Smiley  I cut out small images for each color and glued them to the piece of mat that came with the picture frame.  This time though instead of abruptly changing colors, I wanted to see if I could make a more blended appearance so between each color is a small section of transitional colors.  This was a lot harder than I thought it would be because the mat is so much smaller than the paper I was previously using!  Overall though I think it turned out really well and I am going to be giving it to her today when she comes over.

It can be hung this way too.  Sorry it's a little blurry...  Hope she likes it!
And for those of you who want more info on how I did this or are wondering "why the heck is this chick talking about table tiles?" here is a link to my previous project that inspired this one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307597.0

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 39 ENTRIES / Rainbow Collage Table Tiles (VERY image heavy!!) on: June 01, 2009 11:06:28 PM

For this month's challenge I was inspired by those "picture made of pictures" things that used to be really popular where a larger image was made up of millions and millions of little smaller images.  We have a table on our back deck that has tiles on top that lift out for easy cleaning and also so you can change it up by putting in different tiles.  We bought it with the intention of having tons of different tiles so that we could change it up regularly but never really followed through past the original tiles that came with it.  I decided to combine the two and thus my Rainbow Collage Table Tiles were born!

My fat arm demonstrating that the tiles lift out  Grin

For each tile I cut out BILLIONS (AAAAHH!) of little images from catalogs and seperated them by color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink, Purple, Brown, and White.  I then assembled them into 11x11" collages, coated them with Mod Podge, glued them to 12x12" tiles that I bought from our local hardware store, and sealed them with a few coats of spray on Krylon Clear Glaze.  They are completely waterproof and very durable (unless you drop them, of course!)  The colors all work very well together and I'm quite pleased with the result.  Because they can be removed from the table itself, you can rearrange them to make any pattern that most pleases your eye.  The best part is that since I snipped everything out of catalogs, there are tons of little pictures within each collage which makes them a great conversation piece at parties or just when you're sitting around enjoying some alone time!  

All in all it took me about three weeks from start to finish.  I decided to give them to my mom when I was finished and she loved them!

Here's a close up of each collage as the glaze was drying.  My favorites are Brown because it has cookies on it and Yellow because of the smiley faces:









and White

In the end I think I used over 20 catalogs and had to have a few donated from friends.  All I have to say is thank goodness for Williams & Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Jackson & Perkins, and Coldwater Creek!  Grin

Hope you all like it!

A few before shots...

The table before the new tiles... plus a kitty

The ugly tiles from before

Thanks for viewing!  Cheesy

Edit:   Shocked Oh my gosh!  Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who voted!  It was such a surprise and an honor to have so many people vote for my very first project ever on Craftster, what a fantastic community.  Smiley
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