If you want to turn photos into paintings without any artistic skill, this DIY idea is for you…

So you’ve taken a photo and you know it would make a gorgeous painting, but there’s a catch – you’re not much of an artist and you don’t have the budget to commission one.  What do you do?

Here’s an idea: Print a colour or black and white version of the photo on paper or canvas and paint over it.

Here’s how:

  • Mix acrylic paint with water in a colour of your choice
  • Paint light washes over the printed picture to give it a painterly effect
  • Use an old rag to wipe off excess paint if you feel like you’ve painted too thickly

When in doubt about the colour to use, go for white. To create a vintage/aged look, try using brown paint and finish with a crackle effect paint (available in most craft stores).

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Happy crafting.

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