Kids Art Collage

Kids Art Collage

Another Pinterest Project completed!  I’ve been pinning stuff for so long I think I could do a craft or recipe or something every day for the next 10 years and still not do it all from my boards!  I think Pinterest in the bomb!

This project was inspired by this project and this one and especially this one!  I like how in the first project she included pictures of the kids.  But, I wanted one collage with art from all 3 of my kids, so that wouldn’t work.  I love how the 3rd one is humongous, with SO many art pieces included but I didn’t have that kind of room.  So, the 2nd project was more like what I was aiming for.  But, she scanned in the artwork, printed it out, then pasted them into a collage to frame.  I did it a bit differently.  My project was completely digital, created in Photoshop.

The first step was choosing which art pieces to use.  I am such a huge pack rat that this step took quite a while.  My oldest is 17 years old, so I had to go waaaaaayyy back and dig deep into the garage and attic to find his art.  Luckily I had already scanned in about 6 or 7 of his pieces years ago for a scrapbooking project.  So, I only had to find a few more.  Finding art for the twins was much easier.  I knew I wanted to use all of the art pieces from their yearly Original ArtWorks projects so I just needed to find a few more for each of them as well.

After deciding on the art pieces, 15 from each child.  I also got lucky and picked enough horizontal and enough vertical orientation pieces to make the grid work out nicely.  My collage is 16×20.  After scanning in all the art pieces, I plopped them into my 16×20 collage in Photoshop.  Figuring out the sizes of each piece was a bit tricky, but once I worked out how big each needed to be, it was easy.  Each row has 6 pieces and there are 6 full rows.  There are 2 rows in the middle with only 4 pieces per row.  This gave me room to add a quote.  I had a hard time deciding between the Albert Einstein one I used and this one by Pablo Picasso:  “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”

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