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May 6, 2015 Instant Mother's Day Masterpieces By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Mother’s Day really snuck up on me this year! Luckily, I discovered an idea that is simple, quick, and sure to be a hit with any special woman in your students’ lives! Using an inexpensive app, these few simple steps, and a bit of creativity, you can create something that looks like a masterpiece in only a matter of minutes.

     


     

    WATERLOGUE APP:

    Whether you’re using an existing photo, or snapping a quick headshot of each student, make sure you have a photo of every child and then import those photos into the Waterlogue app by Tinrocket, LLC. This app costs $2.99, but the ease and variety of uses make this well worth it in my book. I’ve spent a lot more on materials for special class gifts that didn’t turn out as great as these surely will.

    • Take a photo or use existing pictures.

    • Upload your photo of choice into the app.

    • Select the watercolor effect you like best, and watch the app transform your photo before your eyes.

    • Save the finished image.

    • You can play with the image settings on the app to adjust color, shadows, borders/frames, light, and sharpness.

    • Print the images (at home or quick print photo service) and see how much they look like authentic watercolor pieces of art!

    • Get creative with how to use the new image.

    1. TIP: Use a plain background for the photo, if possible.

    2. TIP: You may want to take more than one photo of each child for best results within app.

    3. TIP: Good natural lighting is the best.

    4. TIP: Headshots/bust photos work very well for this purpose.

    5. TIP: For ease of workflow, take the photos on the same device (iPad, iPod, iPhone) as the app. That way you don’t have to transfer photos.

     

     

    See some of my watercolor photo play!

     


     

    GET CREATIVE:

    You’ve taken the photos, printed them, and now what? Honestly, these turn out so beautiful, that you could probably just put a copy of the print inside a card made by each student or laminate and send home for durability. However, if you’re looking for ways to turn these beautiful watercolor photos into something special, try some of the ideas below:

    • Frame prints with dollar store photo frames (sometimes two per package = $0.50 each!).

    • Create photo cards by printing the watercolor image onto half of a sheet of paper (other half folded to make back of card) or glue the printed photo onto the front of a folded piece of cardstock. Students write a heartfelt message on the inside.

    • If students have written something special for their mother like poem or story, this watercolor picture could serve as the cover of a book or top of an original poem.

    • Using small, inexpensive blank canvases and Mod Podge, adhere the printed photo to the canvas and then coat fully with the Mod Podge for a piece of artwork ready to be instantly displayed in student homes.

    • Create a shadow box (handmade or purchased boxes) by putting the watercolor print in the back and then adding significant mementos around the photo inside the memory box.

    • Create bookmarks by using a print shop program to shrink the images you have saved. Place the small image onto a bookmark template or strip. Then laminate, punch a hole at the top, and attach a tassel with ribbon or yarn.

    • Key chains get creative and sentimental when you resize your watercolor prints to fit inside clear acrylic photo key chains. Mom can carry this little piece of artwork wherever she goes!

     


    Regardless of how you make these beautiful creations into something special, I hope the special ladies in your students’ lives will love and appreciate the thought and sentiment that went into these little pieces of artwork. Have fun, thanks for reading, and see you next week!

     

    Mother’s Day really snuck up on me this year! Luckily, I discovered an idea that is simple, quick, and sure to be a hit with any special woman in your students’ lives! Using an inexpensive app, these few simple steps, and a bit of creativity, you can create something that looks like a masterpiece in only a matter of minutes.

     


     

    WATERLOGUE APP:

    Whether you’re using an existing photo, or snapping a quick headshot of each student, make sure you have a photo of every child and then import those photos into the Waterlogue app by Tinrocket, LLC. This app costs $2.99, but the ease and variety of uses make this well worth it in my book. I’ve spent a lot more on materials for special class gifts that didn’t turn out as great as these surely will.

    • Take a photo or use existing pictures.

    • Upload your photo of choice into the app.

    • Select the watercolor effect you like best, and watch the app transform your photo before your eyes.

    • Save the finished image.

    • You can play with the image settings on the app to adjust color, shadows, borders/frames, light, and sharpness.

    • Print the images (at home or quick print photo service) and see how much they look like authentic watercolor pieces of art!

    • Get creative with how to use the new image.

    1. TIP: Use a plain background for the photo, if possible.

    2. TIP: You may want to take more than one photo of each child for best results within app.

    3. TIP: Good natural lighting is the best.

    4. TIP: Headshots/bust photos work very well for this purpose.

    5. TIP: For ease of workflow, take the photos on the same device (iPad, iPod, iPhone) as the app. That way you don’t have to transfer photos.

     

     

    See some of my watercolor photo play!

     


     

    GET CREATIVE:

    You’ve taken the photos, printed them, and now what? Honestly, these turn out so beautiful, that you could probably just put a copy of the print inside a card made by each student or laminate and send home for durability. However, if you’re looking for ways to turn these beautiful watercolor photos into something special, try some of the ideas below:

    • Frame prints with dollar store photo frames (sometimes two per package = $0.50 each!).

    • Create photo cards by printing the watercolor image onto half of a sheet of paper (other half folded to make back of card) or glue the printed photo onto the front of a folded piece of cardstock. Students write a heartfelt message on the inside.

    • If students have written something special for their mother like poem or story, this watercolor picture could serve as the cover of a book or top of an original poem.

    • Using small, inexpensive blank canvases and Mod Podge, adhere the printed photo to the canvas and then coat fully with the Mod Podge for a piece of artwork ready to be instantly displayed in student homes.

    • Create a shadow box (handmade or purchased boxes) by putting the watercolor print in the back and then adding significant mementos around the photo inside the memory box.

    • Create bookmarks by using a print shop program to shrink the images you have saved. Place the small image onto a bookmark template or strip. Then laminate, punch a hole at the top, and attach a tassel with ribbon or yarn.

    • Key chains get creative and sentimental when you resize your watercolor prints to fit inside clear acrylic photo key chains. Mom can carry this little piece of artwork wherever she goes!

     


    Regardless of how you make these beautiful creations into something special, I hope the special ladies in your students’ lives will love and appreciate the thought and sentiment that went into these little pieces of artwork. Have fun, thanks for reading, and see you next week!

     

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