Since I’m trying to jump start this blog of mine (and since my hubby is out of town for the weekend) you can see I’m trying to post as many tutorials as I can this week. Once I fill up this blog a bit, I do plan on taking it down a notch to 3 posts per week on average. But for now, my hubby is gone, my son is napping, and I really want to finish up this pin-up segment I got going on so here is the rest of it.
This post will teach you how to turn your pin up pics (or any pics you’d like for that matter) into creative gift ideas and custom artwork.
First we’ll walk through how to create a custom “Ace of Hearts” pin up pic using www.picnik.com. You can either have this printed out and framed, or use the same technique to create an entire custom deck of pin up playing cards. Here goes:
- Check out the last post about editing your pin up pics and signing in to picnik.
- Using your previously edited pic, click on the “Create” tab at the top of the picnik page.
- Find “Posterize” under the “Create” tab.
- Use the slide bars to create the effect you’d like. For my playing card I set it to 7 for the “number of colors”, 62% “detail”, and 24% “fade”. I wanted to simplify my pic but still leave enough detail and strong red color to create an impact.
- Next find “Film Grain”. If you’d like a less vintage look, leave this step out. But I like it and think its fitting for the pinup ace of hearts. I set it to 76% “light” film grain.
- Now, go to the top of the screen and hit the “Text” tab.
- Write your letter (in this case an ‘A’) in the text box. Then find the font you’d like to use for your text. I used “Georgia” for my card.
- You can drag your letter to the top left hand corner and then change the color in the “Text Properties” box. I tried to match the red in my pic as much as I could.
- When you’ve moved the ‘A’ into place, right click and hit “duplicate type” in the gray box. This will save you the time of recreating the same letter in the same color and size for the bottom right hand corner.
- Drag your copied ‘A’ to the bottom right hand corner of your image.
- Next, in the “Text Properties” box hit the little vertical “flip” arrow to flip your ‘A’ upside-down.
- Reposition the ‘A’ in the corner.
- Now, the text is done so go back to the top of the page and click on the “Sticker” tab.
- Under the “Sticker” tab find “basic shapes”. Click on the red heart.
- Drag and size the heart to be a little smaller than the ‘A’ in the upper left hand corner. (Look at a deck of cards if it helps).
- Do the same thing with the heart as you did with the ‘A’, meaning duplicate it, drag it to the bottom right hand corner and flip it upside-down.
And there you have it! You’re pin up Ace of Hearts!
There are several things you can do with this project but here are some of my ideas:
- Create a full playing deck for your lucky guy.
- Blow it up and frame it for a game room or “man cave”.
- Use it as a Valentine’s Day card front.
Well folks, if you thought that was fun , just wait! Now we’re going to take this same pic and turn it into Andy Warhol inspired artwork for your home! Heres how:
- Using your original edited pic from the last blog post, go to “Posterize” under the “Create” tab on www.picnik.com.
- This time slide the “number of colors” bar all the way down to 2 so that your image becomes very mod looking in black and white (or black and gray like mine did). In my image I took the “detail” all the way to 100% but you can play with what you think looks best for your image.
- Next, find “Duo-Tone” and pick out the two colors you’d like to use for your first pic. I stuck with black for my image and did a teal for the background of my first image. (I did a series of 3 with 3 different background colors).
- You’re going to want to save this image at this point.
- After you save the image, click “Continue Editing”, and undo the last step (the first color “duo-tone”) so that you’re back to your black and white image.
- Repeat step 3 and 4 choosing different background colors and saving your image in between the changes.
- At this point you can either choose to print your images out separately to frame or (as in my case) you can use the “Collage” feature on picnik to group the three prints together before you print them out.
- To use the “Collage” feature on Picnik return to the Home Page. At the top of the page you will see “Collage: Mix all your photos together.” Click on it.
- The collage page will open and give you options of different collage layouts to choose from. I had 3 images I wanted to use so I chose the tri-side-by-side collage template.
- Next, go to the bottom of the page and click “Get From Computer”. A slew of options will pop up.
- Find the “History” option. This will pull up all the past images that you’ve edited and saved on Picnik. Your 3 Warhol-esque images should appear at the bottom of the screen.
- Now all you need to do is drag your images into place in the order you’d like them to go and hit “Done”.
Thats it! Fabulous Warhol-esque pin up art to wow your friends and spice up your walls! Heres how mine turned out:
You can use the “Collage” feature on Picnik to do as many color backgrounds in the series as you’d like. This is also a great technique to create any kind of Warhol-esque artwork for your home decorating. I recently used this same technique to create custom wall art for my son’s bedroom. I simply found an image of a race-car off google images and used Picknick to “posterize” it and change the background color. Then I simply printed off each image in a series of 3 different background colors and ModPodged each print to its own pre-painted canvas. *SIDE NOTE* I get most of my artists canvases from BigLots for less than $10 per canvas. The ones I used for my son’s room were $3 each. This is what his car art looks like on his walls:
Stay tuned for my next tutorial “How to Make a Vintage Inspired Feather Fascinator for CHEAP” !