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How to Decorate Your Home With Your Own Works of Art 
 
by Robbi Erickson October 27, 2005

This article goes over several inexpensive art projects that anyone can do, that can be used to decorate a home. The art projects featured in this article include: creating a photomontage, creating hand-tinted black and white photographs, and two ways to create a beautiful hand drawn portrait.

Introduction

If you are considering redecorating your home and have a small budget you may want to try creating your own works of arts. You can use a variety of inexpensive techniques to create original pieces of art, or replicate a favorite piece of art that you have seen in a magazine, book, or in a gallery. All you will need for the art projects featured in this articles will be pencils, poster board, foam board, a scanner, a printer, photographs, magazines, books, brochures, paint, paint brushes, color pencils, crayons, camera, photo imaging software, chalk, glue, and any other art supplies that you have on hand.

Photo-montage Project

One of the easiest pieces of art that you can design to accent your new room's decor is a photo-montage. For this project you will need to gather photographs that you have taken over the years, have access to a scanner, have access to a photo imaging software package like Photo Shop, have a color printer (although black and white is fine too), glue, and poster board or foam board.

Your first step is to determine what kind of montage you want to make. Take a look at your room and think of a theme that will tie all of the elements of the room together. If the photo montage will be hanging in your family room you may want to create a montage of family moments, a montage of your children's photographs, or a family vacation photo-montage. What you would want to avoid when creating a montage for a family room would be a montage of serious or overly formal themed photographs. Make it fun.

After deciding what kind of montage you want to create, your next step is to sort through your family photos and select photographs that will work with the type of montage that you will be making. You should also select a color pallet that will compliment your decor. You can buy poster board and foam board in a variety of colors, and if you don't find a color that you like you can always spray paint the board and let it dry before you start arranging your prints on it. You can find a rainbow of spray paint colors for only a couple of dollars a can, so this decorative alteration is affordable. After finding the poster board or foam board of your choice, you can then start to arrange the photographs on the poster board* or foam board* to see what kind of layout you will want to use. Don't glue anything down at this point.

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