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DIY: Turn Photos Into Beautiful Watercolor Portraits

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Photography and stencil art go hand-in-hand quite merrily, but it’s not so great if you’re not chummy with the scissors.

Well, Mr. Snippy Scissor, meet your match with the nifty masking liquid, or what we like to call liquid magic.

What is it? Well, painters use it to prevent parts of their paper from getting stained with watercolor. Think of it as a stencil!

Our handy DIY will show how you can harness this liquid-stencil goodness to easily turn your photographs into dreamy watercolor art!

Make Watercolor Paintings from Photos!

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DIY: Turn Your Fridge into a Gallery Wall, Make Photo Magnet Mosaics!

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They say opposites attract.

Big, boring fridge, meet cute magnetic photos. We think you’ll get along just fine!

It’s time to spruce up that lonely appliance, sitting in the corner, begging for attention.

Follow this tutorial for a step-by-step guide to make miniature works of art in the form of magnetic photo tiles.

You can make a mosaic or a lovely grid of your favorite Instagram photos.

Either way, you’ll make your other appliances envious and turn that big blank canvas of a fridge into a stunning gallery.

Turn Your Fridge into a Photo Gallery

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How to Shoot Dreamy Double Exposure Portraits + 5 Awesomely Inspirational Photographers

Haunting, dreamy, and gorgeous all at once, double exposures of silhouettes are the kind of photos that make you stare a while.

It’s been on your projects-to-try list, so here’s a friendly nudge with a few tips on this ethereal brand of portrait-taking.

The basics

  • 1st image: Shoot your subject with the sun or a bright sky behind them.
  • 2nd image: Shoot a well-lit textured backdrop, a landscape, flowers, grass etc. This fills in the silhouette with that image!

If you’re shooting with your phone or a digital camera

  • Overlap photos in Photoshop and play with their transparency to blend them.
  • Or use apps like Image Blender or Little Photo to combine photos.
  • If you’re shooting on film:

    • Use 200-400 ISO. Underexpose by 1 stop, since you’re exposing the film twice.
    • Shoot a roll of silhouettes. Then, rewind and reload to shoot over those exposures with textures.
    • Or line up your frames more precisely by marking your film when you load it and writing down what you’ve photographed on each frame.

    With methods ranging from 35mm to iPhone, there are a handful of photographers who have really mastered the double exposure portrait. Check out their work below for inspiration!

    5 Amazing Double Exposure Photographers
    (Photo above by Japser James)

    A Guide to Double Exposure Photography

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    DIY: Surprise Friends with Polaroid Pop-Up Cards!

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    Remember the time your grandma gave you the most amazing–yet equally embarrassing–pop-up card that played your fave Miley Cyrus song?

    Well here’s a pop-up card with all of the amazing and none of the embarrassing.

    It’s a pop-up Polaroid card that actually delivers a tiny photo of you and your buddies!

    Send them as hellos in the mail or use them as name cards for your next dinner party.

    Our pals at Brit & Co gave us the step-by-step, so get ready to put your paper-craft chops to work. Soon enough, you’ll have delightfully poppy cards, sans the music.

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    How to Turn Film Roll Canisters Into Rad Invites!

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    Film roll canisters: these little but sturdy metal containers protect our precious film.

    Yet for all their help, they get discarded during the film process, made to wander aimlessly through a sad landfill.

    Restore them back to life (and glory) by turning your film roll canisters into nifty little invitations!

    It’s the perfect way to give your pals the FYI about your next snazzy summer shindig or announce that wedding bells are a-ringing.

    Recycle and indulge in your love for all things photography with this DIY!

    Make Film Roll Invites


    Scent-o-graphy: Add Aroma to your Photos!

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    Did you know your nose has secret teleporting powers?

    Think about your last trip to the beach: the salty scent of surf, your coconut-scented sunscreen, and the smokey smell of bonfires.

    Just thinking of the smells makes you feel like you’re really there.

    Now just imagine what adding scent to your photos will do for all those memories you caught on camera!

    You can add smell to your photos at home in three DIY ways, and we’ll show you just how below.

    Make Delightfully Fragrant Photos

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    How to Make A Photo Album Treasure Box!

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    If you were a pirate, your gold would be all the photos you’ve taken.

    And like any pirate, you need a good place to store your precious treasure. Well, we’ve got just the DIY for that: a photo album treasure box!

    Think of it as a locket, but with room to put in more than one photo.

    It’s a sweet little twist on the average photo album that’d be perfect for portraits of friends or family! Plus, they make blogworthy little gifts.

    It’s time to think inside the box.

    Store Treasured Pics in a Mini Photo Box!

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    DIY: Craft Awesome Geometric Photo Mosaics!

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    4×6, 5×7, 8×10: ahh, the sacred sizes of photo prints.

    Well, not anymore: Photo, meet Mr. Scissor.

    Yup, for this DIY, we’re giving you permission to cut up your fave photograph.


    But don’t worry, this tutorial isn’t out to hurt your precious photo. We’re gonna show you how cutting your pic up can turn it into a one-of-a-kind photo art piece that you’ll want to display on your wall.

    It’s time to think outside the standard ol’ print size.

    Make Geometric Art With Your Pics + Scissors!

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    Make an Easy DIY Wall Clock from Photos

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    Let’s be honest: you’re only excited to look at a clock when you’re waiting for it signal the end of a long day. And those clocks usually aren’t much to look at.

    This DIY will make you happy to see what time it is, at any time of the day. Make a clock that uses your fabulous framed photos for each hour.

    It’s an easy project that we think you’ll have a fantastic time with.

    Digital clocks will be wishing they were analog!

    Make A Clock Using Photo Frames

    p.s. Our pals at Lensbaby make this *amazing* lens called The Muse. You can squeeze and bend it to move around your photo’s sweet spot of focus!


    Alternative Prom Photography — Ideas & Tips for Truly Great Prom Photos

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    Prom photo-ops have traditionally come in two flavors.

    1) A camera-wielding parent on the front porch 2) The dude your high school hired arranging your arms into awkward poses.

    You can shoot a mean photo, so why not try your hand at playing photographer for the night? For a kickstart, we put together a guide for prom photos that are as cool and fun as you are.

    Learn how to levitate in photos or how to make your own photobooth for a post-prom party.

    You only get to go to prom once (or twice, if you’re cool like that). So make photos that’ll wow your date and will be awesome to look at years later!

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