make your own artwork

12:00 AM

Since I'm in the midst of setting up house here in S. Africa, I've been on the Pinterest prowl for some ideas. Check out my inspiration for our TV wall...

tv wall

I already have different sizes and styles of black frames. I started looking at the prints and thought, "Surely I can make my own." So I got started, and I'm so excited with what I have so far. The left is the photo I used and the right is the finished result that I will have printed.

acacia print




In case you're interested in my method, here's how I did it using Photoshop CS5.

1. Pick an image. It doesn't really matter if it's edited or not.

2. After you've opened it in Photoshop, set your foreground color to black and your background color to white.


3. Go to Filter -> Sketch -> Stamp. You can play around with your Light/Dark Balance and Smoothness settings, but 25 for Light/Dark Balance and 5 for Smoothness is pretty good.

4. You might need to "clean up" some areas from stamping. Select the paintbrush and paint the areas you don't want in the print, white. You might need to fine tune some of the black with a small brush.

5. You can crop to get the desired effect and then you're done!


Linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for Sneak Peek Friday.

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  1. I love your images, especially the acacia tree....brings fond memories of holidays spent in Hazyview and Pilgrims Rest....

  2. Those look wonderful and thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Awesome!!! Love how you transformed one form of artwork into a different type. Can't wait to see the images on your walls. :)

  4. I like the decoration of the wall. Nice pictures.

  5. ooooh. Now I want to get photoshop. I worked with it after my daughters wedding. (the photographer gave us all the photos unedited. :/ oh well. It was a great price and she did an awesome job.) I just bought a new Cannon and would love to get into editing. These images are great! Thank you for sharing the "how to" with us as well- I know it was time consuming.

  6. Wow. Amazing and I so badly want to learn more about photoshop. Great images. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Very cool! I really need to learn how to harness the full power of photoshop.

  8. Love these! You will have to show us the finished wall of framed art!

  9. Great idea! Photoshop is so versatile - your images turned out really nice. I like the idea of making the TV blend in with the artwork on the wall.

  10. Pinterest is addictive!
    Love the tutorial and the work you've done. Your wall will look amazing!

  11. Oh I love this idea, Jen!! These are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing how to create these!

  12. These are great. Off to find out how to get photoshop! :-D

  13. Ohh my God!! You just gave me a brilliant idea for cards I make, scrapbooking and SMASH. I love taking pictures and I've done it since, I was a child. I just need to get photoshop and learn how to use it. :0) Thank you for the inspiration.

    Frk Toft


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