Saturday, January 25, 2014

Photo cut-outs ...

We have hundreds of old photographs passed down from family.  Literally, dozens of albums and too many loose photos to count. So, I've been thinking of taking some of the most interesting historical family pictures to make photo cut-outs.

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Why not enjoy the images of family, instead of having them far from view? Grandparents and great grandparents remain a part of that familial thread of time by occupying bookshelves and tabletops.

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This is such an easy project. Simply glue the photo to a stiff backing like cardboard. Then, cut out the image, leaving a small tab at the bottom that can be inserted into a base of wood.

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Wood bases are available at craft stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby, so there's no need to craft your own. Most likely the base will need a slit cut in order to hold the tab in place. Those curious relatives become charming artwork that holds special meaning.

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I'm game for creating something a little more fun, too. Jewelry holders? Why not?

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Then, again, paying homage to someone special is a lovely artistic expression of love. A cigar box is easily transformed into a 'altar de muertos.' Here in South Texas many people create vibrant memorials for their deceased loved ones by assembling multi-tiered ofrendas, or altars. It's a beautiful tradition that could be interpreted with photo cut-outs of ancestors. I think I may add this project to my photo cut-out 'to-do' list.

1 comment:

Krystina said...

I love how we could pay homage to our ancestors this way in an altar.

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