ith the ease and prevalence of smart phone photography,
nearly everyone has a collection of pictures that are worth
saving but might not be suitable for framing. Turn those shots
into fun Polaroid-inspired prints to hang on the wall or tuck into a gi.
ese images can be dreamy and vintage inspired, making them a cheap
and creative way to revive the retro feel of a Polaroid.
Place the transfer onto the cardstock. Leave a border of 1/4 inch (6 mm) from the top and
left and right sides and a wider 7/8 inch (2.2 cm) border at the bottom. (You can approximate
the height of the bottom edge to resemble a Polaroid image.) Press the packing tape transfer
down firmly to create your fauxlaroid. If the transfer doesn’t stick in places, use a dab of glue
stick to adhere. (See A and B.)
DMethod: Packing Tape Transfer (see page 20)
Dpacking tape transfer cut down to Polaroid image dimensions: 3" wide x 3 1/8"
high (7.6 x 7.9 cm)
Dwhite matte cardstock cut down to Polaroid frame dimensions: 3 1/2" wide x
4 1/4" high (8.9 x 10.8 cm)
Dglue stick
Hang fauxlaroids onto a string with clothespins for instant décor. These would be
wonderful in a kid’s room, on a wall for a quick seasonal design change, or for
festive party décor.
You can make a transfer on 5
or 6 inch (12.7 or 15.2 cm) wide
tape and cut down to Polaroid
size or line up two strips of
regular-width packing tape to
create your fauxlaroid.
DMethod: Gel Skin Medium Transfer
(see page 26 )
Dsoft-bristled brush
Dunfinished light wooden plaque with
smooth surface
Dgel medium
Dblack-and-white or color photocopy
cut to the size of your wooden plaque
Dburnishing tool, library card,
or wooden craft stick
Dsponge and water
Dcooking oil (optional)
Dpaper towel (optional)
For a mixed-media piece, add acrylic paint
or washi tape to the edges or surface of the
wooden plaque to highlight details in the
image. Use this method on wooden blocks of
various shapes and sizes to create a collec-
tion of paintings for a mantle or foyer.
Photo Sur Bois
love objects. A photo on paper can be beautiful, but an
image on wood has a substance and weight that is so
seductive. You can use this method to create a vintage
look or modern feel. e warmth of the wood gives another
layer to an image, adding depth and dimension.

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