Tutorial | Make a Photo Collage Monogram with Hybrid Techniques
Last year I continued the series with a second monogram. This year, for her 4th birthday, I'm completing this series of collages with the monogram - "M." I am also adding some detailed tips for you fellow craftistas just waiting to start your own series.
Overall this is was an inexpensive project, just very time-consuming. But oh, what a fantastic customized gift for your loved one!
Handy dandy recommendations:
- Purchase your letters all at once to avoid chances of them being discontinued. These were purchased at Joann's the first year (with coupons of course). They measure 12" tall.
- I think Mod Podge could survive a nuclear attack - I used the same bottle all 3 years. Woo hoo!
- I painted the "M" white (2 coats on the back) prior to starting the process and allowed it to dry for 24 hours.
- To create the collage base I scanned (in 2 pieces) an outline of the "M" that I traced and created a Adobe Photoshop photomerge panorama as the base of the collage. Then dropped each pic and resized to cover the lines.You will have to fiddle with which ones to bring to front, sending to back won't work. I upgraded to Photoshop Elements 13 and found it an easy transition from the ancient version I was utilizing.
- To create a focus item, a pink color was revealed on a single photo. To achieve this you "uncover" the area you want color to show through:
1. Create a new adjustment layer with a gradient map.
2. Use the brush (adjust size) and brush over the area you want the color to reappear. Magic!
3. Then I resized the photos and rotated as required for all sides of the "M."
- I created exact measured canvas sizes for the top, sides and bottoms. Some I enlarged 1/8" to allow for overlap when I applied it to the initial. Mod Podge is forgiving if you carefully to seam any of the pieces. Some of the inside corners resulted in a cleaner finish by seaming at the corner.
- Print out each piece and final fit it by trimming or adjusting as required. You may have to move pics a little wider over the edges and trim them back to get a tight fit. This takes patience, I had to print the "M" at least 7 times to achieve my level of satisfaction.
- Apply sides, top and bottom prior to the front. That way you can overlap the sides slightly to allow the front to fit right on top without a white seam showing through.
-The back was painted white and the date and occasion was also Mod Podged.
So, now it's time to sharpen my scissors for next year's project. I challenge you to sharpen your own pair and let your inner craftista shine!