Johnny Cash famously once sung, “Love is a burning thing.”
Whether you’re in a committed relationship, a fledgling romance or recently unattached this Valentine’s Day, one thing is certain: love is like a flame.
To honor the fires of love, Mike Benson of Wed Over Heels is showing us how to light paint with steel wool to visually ignite the frame!
This stunning effect costs less than $10 in supplies and requires no Photoshop or post-processing.
With the right precautions, you and few friends can certainly pull it off and keep your eyebrows. (Be sure to read the Safety Notice in the tutorial!)
If you haven’t heard of Inkodye, it’s fabric dye that’s light sensitive.
That means you can print photos onto fabric in all kinds of colors – blue, orange, red or mix them to make new colors! You can print photos onto scarves, dresses, bags, furniture, canvas, satin, even leather.
Here’s what you need:
And here’s what you do!
1. Get your fabric ready
Cut your fabric to a size that will fit your wreath and pin it to your piece of cardboard in each corner. If you don’t have a wreath, you can use a few sprigs from a holiday tree to form a small wreath. You can also get creative with objects or make photo transparencies on your printer to create an image on the dye.
2. Prep your Inkodye
Shake your Inkodye bottle for 10 seconds, and then pour it into a plastic cup.
3. Paint the dye onto your fabric
In a dim place, use the brush to paint the Inkodye onto the fabric. It’s up to you what shape you want the dye to make. Just make sure it’s big enough to fit your wreath.
4. Lay down the wreath
Place the wreath onto the painted fabric while it’s still wet. Use your thumbtacks to pin down the parts of the pine branches that are sticking up. This will help you get a sharper, more detailed outline.
5. Expose it!
Take your fabric as is outside, and expose it to direct sunlight for 5 to 10 minutes. Your exposure time will depend on how strong the sunlight is, so gauge on how dark the dye is getting over time until it’s how you want it.
6. Wash it
To stop the dye from darkening more, wash it. Remove the wreath and wash the fabric with hot water and detergent two times (15 minutes by hand or in a washing machine). You can then dry it in a dryer or on a line. Fin! You have a lovely wreath photogram.
Thanks to Maxwell Tielman & Design*Sponge for this great project! See their full write-up.
Last year, we showed you how to one-up those mall elves in the holiday photo game.
This year, we’ll show you how to spin circles around them. Pretty soon those guys are going to be asking *you* for photo tips (and who knows, maybe Santa will hire you as his new photog).
We’re sharing a slew of photo ideas that your family will actually have fun doing! Even the most stoic of teens will crack a smile.
From creative backgrounds to great group photos that take less than 5 minutes to all the holiday lights fun you can imagine, you’re bound to find an idea that’s both creative and a blast.
Those mall elves might have speedy printers, but you have JoJo on your side.
Holiday Cards + Instagram = HoliGram?!
No, not like Tupac’s hologram, silly.
We’re talking about Holiday-grams. Real life cards from your favorite ‘grams.
Make and send holiday cards from your favorite Instagram pics or pretty much any photo on your phone.
This guide has a card-making style for everyone, from the super app-savvy to the DIY-ers.
Making holiday cards has never been so instant … and awesome!
The Holidays are quickly approaching, and it’s time to get crafty.
So what are you bringing to the table?
It may be all about the turkey, dressing and casseroles, but these handmade table place holders are sweeter than pumpkin pie.
This DIY tutorial incorporates some of our favorite things: photos (duh!), tiny pumpkins (yay!) and Thanksgiving (yum!).
They’ll make your dinner table look *awesome*, and they’ll show your loved ones how much they mean to you.
Now isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about?
Back before Snapseed and Instagram, photographers used lens filters to add snazzy effects to their snapshots.
But filters can cost you a pretty penny, and you’re quite happy keeping your pennies, thankyouverymuch.
Well, we’ve got you covered because we’ve rounded up 10 DIY photo filters that won’t cost you.
In fact, most of these things are probably just lying around the house!
So follow along with our roundup as we accentuate the analogue and re-imagine the digital.
p.s. Our pals at Mosaic make some seriously beautiful photobooks you can create right from your iPhone! Take a look-see here.
Aaah Fall, how we’ve missed you!
The cooler air, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-spiced
Yup! That’s right.
This tutorial will show you how to turn your photographs into tasty candied treats in any flavor you like for Halloween or for general eating pleasure.
In under an hour, your images will taste as good as they look.
Now isn’t that sweet?!
Your photographs are good at being held *in* things: albums, boxes, frames …
But are they good at holding things?
Put ‘em to work! Transform your photos into a useful DIY photo-roll pencil holder.
It’ll brighten up your desk, and make daydreaming of summer days that much easier.
In just a few steps, you can roll your photographs into picture-perfect container.
Thanks to our pal Tali Schiffer who showed us how to make this one of a kind photo-roll box!
What’s better than reality TV? Real life!
Your preferred way of watching it? Your Instagram stream, obvi. Being able to watch what your friends are up to in real time is just plain magic.
This is Now is a site that live streams geotagged Instagram photos in 9 awesome cities around the world–Los Angeles, Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, London, and Paris.
You can watch Instagrammers all over Tokyo have breakfast on a Sunday morning or see who’s in Vegas on a Saturday night!
We’ve been watching Olympians hang out in London! If you haven’t had the chance to hop around the world this summer, this is one great way to experience how other folks live.
p.s. Photojojo is hiring! We’re looking for someone strong in heart, generous in spirit… and a whiz with CSS & HTML. Be a designer at Photojojo! (San Francisco, CA)
Watching the Olympics is crazy-inspiring. Olympians train every single day of their life to claim their title as #1 in the world!
You can relate. You’ve spent hours in marathon photo-editing sessions. You finished your 365 without missing a day. You’ve even buffed up your arm from carrying your gear.
And just to keep you going, we’ve rounded up eight absolutely awesome photo projects that were inspired by the 2012 Olympics.
From portraits of lost tourists to photos of abandoned Olympic sites and incredible snaps of Olympians at home, you’ll get pumped to start
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