Alphabet Soup: DIY — Word Art Photography

18 Jun

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful day and gearing up for the weekend. To celebrate (and mourn) the last day of this week’s Alphabet Soup theme, I have prepared a Do It Yourself project for you.

So far, we’ve seen wall sticker quotes, Scrabble pillows and picture frames, but today’s DIY is a more artsy-fartsy way to use letters in your decorating.

Word art photography is a unique way to fill up wall space with interesting pieces and could also become a personal project if you’re willing to put in the time.

Here are a few websites that specialize in this kind of photography. If you’re too lazy to do it yourself or completely lack the artistic and/or motor skills required (which I doubt because all you have to do is point, click, and print), then you can order from one of these companies.

Alphabet Photography

Cost: Expensive. Can be upwards of $150 for custom photography and framing.

Such an attractive piece of art. Oh wait, is that my name? Imagine that.

Alphabet Pix

Cost: Expensive. Can be over $160 for custom photography and framing.

This one is in "sepia" tone which is a washed out brown, yellow, and whitish color as opposed to a simple black and white.

Okay, so these are pretty darn expensive. But does anyone else notice anything eerily familiar about the subjects of these photographs?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

If you haven't seen "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," then you are cray-cray (as in crazy).

Answer: All of these photographs feature mudane things found around the house or out in nature. Anyone armed with a camera can re-create these letters. All you have to do is find them.

A few months ago, I went on this exact mission and came up with my own version of word art photography.

This was my final product (excuse the blurry iPhone quality):

It’s not exactly the same, but it’s another way to do it.

Here’s how you can create your own rendition of either of these methods:

1. Figure out what you want to spell. You can be self-absorbed and go for your own name (like me!) or choose another favorite word. Perhaps “Love” which seems to be a recurring theme on this blog…(see comment by Penny and Scrabble post)

2. Find the letters. Anywhere with letters or things shaped as letters will do. Be inspired by the above websites and find interesting piping, shadows, plants, rocks, etc., or go out into the world and make your own. I used a close up of a license plate letter, my hand’s shadow, the monogram on a necklace pendant, stones in a row, the “R” from an old theater (the Georgia Theater!) marquee, and I got impatient at the end and drew an “E” with Sharpie on a tree.

I gave myself the cushion of both options: Black & White and full Color.

3. Take the pictures. Use a digital camera to snap the letters. Zoom in as close as you can without creating a blurry picture. You can always crop and re-size on a photo editing program later if it’s not centered or otherwise perfect. Take as many as you need even if the angle only changes by a smidge each time. It’s always better to have too many than too little.

4. Upload the pictures. Either upload them onto your own computer or to a picture-printing machine at Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, etc. Here, you can use the program of your choice to edit, crop, or alter the colors.

5. Print the pictures. Order the pictures from one of the above-mentioned stores or your photo center of choice. I spent the money on both black & white and color images so I could decide later. (I ultimately decided on the color because my room was full of bright colors and black and white seemed too out of place in my life…)

6. Place in a frame. You can visit your local craft store to find a wide array of frames. You could try the professional website version with a nice, custom frame and a matte and line up your photos within that, or do the Funky Bear method of buying cheap random frames and unceremoniously, haphazardly hanging them on your wall. It’s your  choice — although I ultimately loved the way mine turned out.

7. Hang! Hang how you like it and take a step back to admire your work. You are now artsy-fartsy.

That was just a quick overview of how you can create word photography on your own. Take a few days over the weekend to try it out! I have faith in you. Send me your pictures so I can update the Funky Bear blogosphere with your results! Until next week…


4 Responses to “Alphabet Soup: DIY — Word Art Photography”

  1. Dad June 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Very creative and cool stuff. You’re good at this blogging stuff!! Next, would suggest a series on how to clean and organize a bedroom…

    Love, D

  2. andreimogan June 23, 2010 at 2:14 am #

    Really creative and the result is pretty impressive.

  3. Alphabet photography November 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Industrial letter art has been hot for a few years now with a lot of metal forming the letters, but there are also some other creative takes on this same for of photography as well.

  4. Bradley Dale September 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    You very artist and imaginative. It sounds so simple that it makes you wonder why people haven’t thought of that before. Thanks for sharing your imagination and creativity with us.

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