How to Make a Mosaic Tile Portrait of Your Petcomments (7) February 14th, 2009
My quest for fun pet projects has inspired me to decorate one of the blank walls in my new house with a unique portrait of Emma, my pet and beloved running partner. Some days I don't know what I would do without Emma; she motivates me to get out there and just do it! I was thinking that I didn't have any good pictures of her hanging around, so I took some—what a pretty girl, she loves to pose for the camera! I decided to have fun with the pictures—after printing them onto Inkjet Fabric Sheets, I cut them up into squares. After piecing a fabric background out of neutral tone-on-tone prints, I spent the next few hours playing with pieces. I have to admit, I wish I had more time to experiment with spacing them in an arrangement that was a little less traditional...I challenge you to see what you can come up with! When I was happy with the arrangement, I added a sprinkle of machine embroidery and a quick stippling job with some monofilament thread to hold all the pieces in place.
Just a technical note: I whacked my camera lens (and broke it—yuck). I had to use a 50mm without zoom...I did the best I could.
These printable fabric sheets are a little pricey (around $10 for three) and so are ink cartridges, so take care that you put them in the printer the right way. If your photo ends up on the paper side, you can try to print it again on the right side.
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