365 Alphabet Photography-Tutorial, Giveaway and Promo!

My sister and I have been reFreshing her home a little lately, adding some “junk” and having fun with rePurposed finds. She’s a newly converted junk lover so I get excited about sharing stuff with her! She mentioned seeing artwork created with abstract photos and how cool something like that would be in her living room. Low and behold, a few days later, Jodi from 365 Alphabet Photography contacted me about using her photos for a project! How awesome is that? Jodi’s work is not only amazing, her prices are unbelievable! I got lost in her work and honestly, couldn’t even make a decision! Instead, I told her my vision, the colors I wanted to use and asked her to choose the images for me. It was a true collaboration, which I love! She sent me images for two projects, one for my lovely sister, and one for you! She is also extending a promotional offer to my readers, so her already awesome prices are now just insane! I’ll tell you all about them later but for now, let me show you how I chose to mount the photos!

For “FAMILY”, I used an antique window header I picked from a barn sale last summer. I’ve just been waiting for the perfect project for it! These make great shelves but I love the unique shape it takes hanging sideways!Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

It was chippy with a few different paint colors on it already, I just added a simple color wash of Benjamin Moore’s Skydive, mixed with Websters Chalk Paint Powder. You can see exactly how to mix a color wash here. Before I attached the photos, I measured my surface and marked the center.

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It’s always a good idea to do a mock layout. I’m an eyeball-it kind of gal {with marked precision}, so I didn’t do precise measuring and marking for each photo, but I did make sure the spacing would work out before committing!

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 I started at the bottom so I could get the first photo lined up right then made my way up. I used Aleene’s Tacky Spray to adhere the photos but you can also use Modge Podge. I went this route for a few reasons. Number one, I am an impatient crafter! Tacky Spray is instant…and permanent, so if choose this method, line it up and lay it cautiously. You’ll only have a few seconds to move the photo into place. Number two, I think Tacky Spray works best for for heavy paper or photos. Sometimes, Modge Podge will bubble up under thick paper, which is not cute!

I use quick sprays, lifting my finger at the end of each spray, so I don’t overdo the adhesive. To attach the photo, hold one corner with your finger tips and use a folded washcloth to press the photo onto the surface, working from the center out. Once you get all your photos glued down, give it an hour or so to cure then break out the sandpaper! I used a worn out 220 grit and just hit the edges of the wood and the edges of the photos. I didn’t want my photos to have that crisp edge but this is a personal preference and you can skip this step if you’d like.

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I went back with a brown and black ink pad and added a little more distressing. These are instant gratification kind of distressing tools! I like the cheap ones from Hobby Lobby, Stampabilities. They are only $2.99 each and are often on sale. The pad is large which makes it really easy to hit the corners of your surface!

Stampabilities Ink Pad for distressing, Tutorial by A to Z Custom Creations

That’s it! Let the ink dry for a bit then give your piece a protective finish! A good coat of Matte Modge Podge and you’re images will be protected! I’d normally use a foam roller for this part but I didn’t have one on hand. A brush works just fine too! The Modge Podge will look opaque when you apply it but it will dry clear.

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I added a hook to the back and viola…a really unique wall accent! <3<3<3

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Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

Alphabet-photography-letter-photos-A to Z Custom Creations Tutorial

This one is my favorite!!! I love the texture and the writing on the handle and the rust…ahhhh…everything about it!! Such an amazing eye!

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Now…here’s what YOU have a chance to win!!! You don’t even need wall space, you can display these babies anywhere! I took pics along the way, and even shot a video so I’ll share all the details with you soon!

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Click Here To Enter The Giveaway!!

Oh! Don’t forget about the promotion! For all my awesome readers, Jodi has extended a special Coupon Code:  use AZ40  and get 40% off your entire order when you check out! Visit www.365AlphabetPhotography.com to see all the amazing alphabet photos she has to offer.

Thanks again Jodi, for letting me play around with your awesome photography! I already have ideas in mind for my next project!

 

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