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Art Tip:
Altered Ancestor Frame

(This project is continued from the October 31 Artellagram...)

Steps to create this project:

If you don’t want to use the original photo, make a copy of it on archival-quality paper. It is ALWAYS a good idea to make multiple copies of photographs and never alter the original unless you are prepared to delete it from your family collection.

  1. Paint an unfinished wooden shadow box with black paint. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  2. Rubber-stamp the frame with a sheet-music rubber stamp, using an embossing or pigment ink pad. Sprinkle white embossing powder and then use a heat gun to emboss the stamped design.

  3. Cut a piece of sheet music into small shapes.
  4. Apply ink pads directly to the pieces of sheet music to give them some “weathered” color.

  5. Mount your photo to a piece of sheet music, and adhere to the inside of the frame.

  6. Use black permanent ink to stamp an image on the back side of a white domino, and allow to dry.

  7. Combine the domino with other embellishments (ribbon, buttons, jewelry parts) and adorn the frame, using your favorite strong adhesive.

For more ideas for art projects from Marney, check out these eBooks:

The New Artella Mae's Altered Ancestors

Booklarks: 200 Themes and Dreams for Art Journals


Paper Doll ABCs: Paper Doll Ideas, Inventions, and Techniques for Artists

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