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« on: November 15, 2004 06:05:07 PM »

This is my first attempt at posting pics so hope I did it right.  These are some altered photos I've been working on for a journal for my sis.  Would love feedback as I just moved and haven't made real, live friends to show stuff to yet... and my husband thinks I'm just "ruining" perfectly good photos Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2004 09:30:26 AM »

No such thing as ruining! I like them. You look very cozy in the first picture Smiley
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2004 09:56:43 AM »

That's my sister:)  I actually had my pic up for my avatar but I changed some info on my profile and must have accidentally removed the pic...
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2004 10:11:48 AM »

Hey, those are really cool. How did you do them? Grin
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2004 06:55:02 PM »

Thank you! They're so easy! I found a terrific new magazine at the book store last week called Cloth Paper Scissors... it's their first edition.  They had this great tutorial in there about making altered photos by an artist named Karen Michel.  Google her name and you'll find her website. She also does altered books.

Anywho,  quick explanation...

Take a photograph (haven't tried digitally printed ones yet) and soak it for about 5-10 seconds in water.  Then take sandpaper or steel wool and rub over the image.  You can rub really hard to wipe out background stuff and more lightly just to make a rough surface (I don't usually rub over faces and stuff that I don't want to change at all). 

Then rinse the pic again to get rid of the print emulsion you just sanded off.  Now you can paint it with water colors, watered down acrylics, markers... just about anything while it's wet (sponge off any puddles of water first).  If you want to color it with colored pencils you have to let it dry for a little bit because the wet surface won't take much color from colored pencils.  I used watercolor pencils because after you've colored with them you can add water and they look like watercolors (hence the name right?) 

Lastly you can decopage images and glue beads and ribbon on.  The magazine suggested using decopage glue or white glue over the whole thing when you're done painting so that you won't lose any of your color if it happens to get wet again.

So there's the short version!  You really should check out Karen Michel's website.  She does incredible altered books too.

Hope that helps.  Post some pics if you do it.  I just love my new hobby.  I've been going through tons of old pics that were just piled up.  The best part is that if you hate the way you or someone else looks in a pic you can just rub 'em out!  Hmmm... maybe I need to get out the old bf pics...
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2004 07:37:05 PM »

Would love feedback as I just moved and haven't made real, live friends to show stuff to yet... and my husband thinks I'm just "ruining" perfectly good photos Smiley

Unh! Move near me so you can teach me! I love the one with the crown:)

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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2004 09:00:27 AM »

Don't be silly!  They really are easy, you just have to experiment a little.  Everyone has craft paints, water and pictures.  If you don't have sandpaper you can use a bent nail file or even rub the wet pic on the sidwalk outside.  (Thanks about the crown... it's foil)  Cheesy
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2004 04:51:04 PM »

The altered photos are great and I wonder what did you use to color them? Keep crafting!
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2005 07:00:14 PM »

I used all sorts of things to color them!  The key is to get the picture wet and then sand off the parts of the pic you don't like.  Then let the pic dry and it has a nice rough surface you can alter.  I used acrylics, craft paints, markers, pens, decopaged paper, watercolor pencils... just about anything that seemed to work.  Just experiment... if you're anything like me you have tons of pics around the place just collecting dust anyway.  What's the difference if you ruin a couple:)
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2005 07:43:30 PM »

booyah! I can't wait to try this one! Seems like it would make a wonderful cover for a photo-album given as a gift. Even on their own, neat Christmas presents(especially on poor years like this one) too!
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« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2005 06:30:17 PM »

Yea, I had big plans for my pics but I ended up just making frames with some cardstock I had and put magnets on the back.  My sis liked them anyway!  I've started an altered photo wall so I hope to amass a large colorful collection over time.  Thanks for checking them out:)
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2005 07:47:37 PM »

those look great!

i think i know someone who does this. she's an artist and does all sorts of stuff with shells she finds on the beach and stuff, but she has a book that has tons of altered pictures in it. the story is all about when she was a little kid growing up during the holocaust. she had to go into hiding and stuff because she was jewish. years and years later, she got sent a bunch of childhood photos, like from then and stuff, and she took all of them and altered them like this. it's a really amazing book. it's called Rescued Images: Memories of a Childhood in Hiding and it's by Ruth Jacobsen if anyone wants to check it out. she is an amazing lady.

but anyways, your photos look awesome!

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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2005 05:08:14 PM »

Thanks!  I just looked this book up on Amazon.  I think I'm going to have to order it... thanks for the tip. Seeing the excerpts from Ms. Jacobsen's book made me think about how lucky I am to have the life that I have.  I'm glad art was able to help her confront her past.
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2005 06:18:38 AM »

What a great way to remove unwanted clutter from photographs (ex-boyfriends, etc.... I knew a lady once who still had her wedding picture up, even though she had been divorced for ages, because it was one of the best pictures of her ever made! Voila! Instant solution!)

<<slyly>>  Might be a good way to get rid of a few extra pounds, too...all in the interest of art, I mean.
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« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2006 01:48:57 PM »

hey - has anyone tried this with digital photos printed on photo or glossy paper??  (unfortunately i haven't taken an 'old school' pic in ages - dang electronic advancements)

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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2006 11:51:17 AM »

I tried... it doesn't work as well but it's okay.  Don't moisten the paper or the ink just runs.  You pretty much can't use anything wet on it or the ink will run.

One thing I do with digital pics is to print them on photo paper and then transfer them onto other things (canvas for example).  Once you print your photo, put decopage glue (mod podge) on the surface you want to transfer the image to, then put the photo face-down on the glue.  Let it sit about a minute and then peel the photo paper away.  It will leave the ink on your canvas without the paper.  It transfers kinda grainy and patchy and looks like an old painting or something.  I got the idea from a Karen Michel book (her book kicks ass, btw... http://www.karenmichel.com/).  If you're interested I'll post of a pic of what this looks like. 

Keep in mind that it reverses the image so if you don't want it reversed then you'll need to reverse it before you print it on your photo paper.
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2006 12:22:21 PM »

i just added that book to my amazon wish list  Wink its looks so amazing, i would love to see an example of transfering it to canvas, it sounds so easy!

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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2006 12:24:20 PM »

oh and i forgot to say your pictures came out really good! i read that magazine article forever ago and its been on my huge crafty to-do list for ages but i think you just inspired me to give it a go!

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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2007 06:54:48 PM »

Sorry it took me so long to respond.  I'm pregnant and now whenever I have extra time I tend to sleep rather than craft Grin

Here's the original pic I took of my foot on my digital camera.  I tweaked the color a bit to make it more greenish before printing.

I ended up using the modpodge glue technique in the top left and bottom right portions of this piece.

Here's a closeup of the bottom right section...

I made this after reading Karen Michel's book (as anyone who has read her book can probably tell) so sorry if it looks a little copy cat-ish.  It's a tribute to my flat feet.  My hubby told me that I have foot pain because I have such small feet... too much PSI (pounds per square inch)... he's a math guy so he actually did a percentage comparison of the PSI on his feet (men's size 12) vs my feet (women's size 6).  Goof.
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2007 06:58:20 PM »

Oops... those pics are pretty small.  Here's a better closeup.

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« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2007 09:40:26 PM »

those are absolutely amazing!  and you made it sound so easy, i'm inspired to try it myself Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2007 04:03:38 AM »

ver nice!!  i never know what to do with old photo's that are lying around ....  have been inspired!!!!!
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