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Decorating with Portraits at Infarrantly Creative

My name is Beckie, the tri blogger behind Infarrantly Creative, Knock off Décor and Roadkill Rescue.

Pop Art or Andy Warhol style paintings or posters are such a bright and fun way to add some color to a kid’s space or playroom. Today I wanted to show you a technique that makes it look like it is actually a painted picture rather than just a poster.

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Now I can’t do all the photoshop work so I had Johnnie from Saved By Love Creations do it for me.

I sent Johnnie these pictures of my kids…

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and she worked her magic and they came out looking like this…

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Aren’t they so awesome? I love how she took the picture of my daughter looking upward to look like the sun is shining in her face. We got them printed them out on 20” x 20” poster paper for me from.

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I got some 1” MDF cut to 19” x 19” and painted the edges white then I used some 3M 77 Spray Adhesive to adhere them to the MDF. I sprayed the MDF and the back of the print. It makes it SUPER sticky. Then I placed the MDF carefully on the back of the poster. You definitely want to get it right the first time, there is no replacing it once it is down.

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After it was dry I flipped it over and used an Exacto knife to cut away the excess. Then I used some sandpaper and sanded downward to make the edges look a little worn.

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Then I used the magic stuff. It is called Z-gel, it is a canvas texturizing medium If you google “canvas texturing medium” there are a few other brands, but I got the Z-gel from a local shop for free so I don’t have any secret sources. They use this stuff in frame shops to take $5 poster prints and transform them into what looks like an oil painting. Oh..yah…and then they sell them for $100. Using the lines the print already had, I took a one inch foam brush and “painted” the poster. I tried following the lines and curves that Johnnie created. I created texture where there was supposed to be some definition with simple brushstrokes.

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Thin strokes are the best. The kind where you don’t even see the white of the glue. This stuff is photo safe and great on posters, prints and giclees. It dries super quick. So if you want to go back and highlight areas later you can. After it as all dry I used screws and wire to create a hangar on the back. It is very important to use screws and not nails when you work with MDF.

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Now it looks like I painted these myself with oil paints. They have a neat shiny texture to them. I love the way they look hanging in my playroom. It adds some charm and whimsy to my otherwise messy playroom.

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Beckie, those are super cute artistic representations of your children, thank you for sharing!  I am sure they love them, too. Thanks also for the step by step of how you got the end product. You really need to go see all of Beckie’s fun sites: I recently spent lots of time on Knock Off Decor.  She shows fancy store bought items and will feature the “knock off” of that item, like this platform storage bed from Pottery Barn.  You can even submit your ideas if you’ve knocked off something from  the popular stores. Very cool!  And on her original/main site, Infarrantly creative, I loved this tutorial on 5 ways to fake a mantel.  I really needed this in my last home with no fireplace! You can find Beckie in many places, but facebook and pinterest are a few other spots besides those mentioned above.

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  1. This is awesome!!! I was the one who spent more then 100$ on a painting looking picture, now i know how to make one! :)

  2. Oh wow…this idea is FANTASTIC! I am totally doing this. THANK you for sharing and having the tutorial for us!!!!!!!!!!

    xoxo – love your decorating with portrait series Kristen!

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