Like many young kids, Theo recently went through a phase where he was bringing home multiple paintings every day from nursery. As much as I love my son’s creations, if I’m entirely honest I don’t want to keep the originals stuck to the fridge forever, so I started photographing them instead and thinking about a way to do something useful with them.
In the end I settled on turning them in to a framed modern art collage. There are of course a few ways you can create a collage, using your own software (like Lightroom) or online photo editing tools, but as I wanted to print my final image I decided to use the collage tool on Photobox’s website. When I emailed them to explain what I was doing, they kindly offered to do a giveaway too.
To make my collage, I photographed the paintings using my iphone and then used the Snapseeed app to brighten and saturate the images so they looked their best. I uploaded the edited images to a Photobox album and then dragged and dropped them in to the template. The original paintings were at least A4 size each, but the software automatically resizes them to fit. There is an option to add text to the collage, so underneath ours it says “Theo’s Paintings 2013-14”
I tried looking for a frame in shops without much success and eventually tracked down what I needed for £7 on eBay. The “glass” in it is actually plastic which I don’t mind at all and does make it kiddie proof.
Theo is rather proud of having his artwork framed and wants to hang it in his room, but he’s going to have to fight me for it as I rather like it in the sitting room. We added the Ribba picture rail behind the sofa last weekend and there are three more on order from Ikea, so we can extend the run across the wall and add a second length above.
I have a bit of a thing about hanging things on your walls that have meaning and for me this is a nice way of displaying a small piece of our family story.