creativity Tips

make your own artwork

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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    Jenni C's
    September 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

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

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    September 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Those look wonderful and thanks for the tutorial!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    September 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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

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    September 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I like the decoration of the wall. Nice pictures.

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    September 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    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.

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    MarveLes Art Studios
    September 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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

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    September 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

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

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    September 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

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

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    Beth Stone
    September 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    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.

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    Beverley Baird
    September 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

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

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    September 26, 2012 at 3:36 am

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

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    Yummy Mummy? Really?
    October 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    These are great. Off to find out how to get photoshop! 😀

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    Frk. Toft
    October 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    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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