Decorating with your own Outdoor Photography

When I think of decorating with your own outdoor photography, I am thinking of pictures that I or you have personally taken. I feel there is a sense of accomplishment from having your own decorating ideas with your own photographs. You worked hard or sat still for hours to capture that perfect shot. In some cases, if you are like me, you move with the target you are going after like an animal would stalk his prey.

Most people do not think of decorating their house with their own work because then they know it would be judged by their visitors who come regularly. Personally, I feel a sense of pleasure when other people see my work and it also gives me feedback on what I can improve on. Decorating your home with your art is a really easy concept. The hardest part is deciding what you want to use of the many pictures you have stashed away in your computer.

The other thing that comes to mind is pride in knowing that you did that great accomplishment. As I said in one of my earlier posts, it also helps for you to get your name out there to be able to get more jobs and to sell your art if you so choose to do so.

Hanging Pictures

This DIY project for your home is the simplest of them all, I believe. The hardest part is going through and finding the pictures you want to use. A lot of the time that is the hardest part. As a photographer and artist, we want everything to be perfect. That will not always be the case because sometimes our subjects do not sit still long enough for us to get the perfect shot. An example of this I can use is when I spotted a Blue Heron several ears ago just out on a nature hike. I thought, I had to get that picture, it would look so great on my wall. Well after 3 days I still didn’t get the shot I wanted, but I did get one that was good enough for me to print out and frame. To say the least, I am really[proud of that picture. So when you are going through your pictures, remember, they do not have to be perfect, just perfect for you.

  • Take about 10 of your best photographs and set them aside.

  • Eliminate the 10 down to 5. It’s a hard choice I know.

  • Print the 5 you have decided upon either at home on our printer or even take them to a store and have them printed off.

  • You can either use photo paper or not. It just depends on the quality you would like to have. Unless someone comes in and takes the frame apart, they will never know the difference.

  • Go buy you either some nice cheap picture frames on sale or go all out and get some really nice picture frames. Remember the frame will make your picture stand out in your home. You also want to get a color you would like to see day in and day out.
  • End result – Pictures of your own in your house that have cost you little to nothing and nice conversation pieces when company comes over.

Pictures on Glass

Putting pictures on glass is easier than everyone might think it is. You have plenty of viable options from actually using glasses to finding and old window frame and using the glass in it for several pictures. This is also a project that can be used on wood, canvas, and fabric.

Supplies:

Mod Podge or Omni gel 8 oz. medium

Painter’s Tape

Glass Panel (I used glass from a picture frame)

Photo–from book, magazine, or printed on laser jet printer

Wet Wash Cloth

 

      • First, tape your glass down to the surface you are working on. This will help you center your photo transfer and keep the glass in one place while you work on it. Cover the face of the picture completely with the transfer medium. *Note, please keep in mind that this image transfer will be the reverse of the original, so don’t choose something that will look strange backward.
      • Next, place the photo face down onto the glass. With the pads of your fingers, pressed down all parts of the photo and try to rub out any air bubbles or globs of gel. Allow it to dry completely. When it is dry, begin to remove the paper. The image will remain in the dried transfer gel. Use the wash cloth to soak the paper, and then start rubbing until all the paper is removed. This process takes some time! The paper comes off in layers, so let it dry and then come back to it and keep rubbing off the paper.
      • The all you have to do is frame and display. You can also use this for glasses, jars, or anything that involves glass that you would like to put a picture on.

Transferring Images to Wood

Having your images transferred to wood is another way to decorate your home if you are looking to make a splash with more than framed photographs. It is surprisingly easy to do too. The hardest part of this work is getting the paper off completely and up to your specifications.

Supplies needed:

  • Unfinished wood painting panel
  • Photocopied Image on Regular Copy Paper (you must use a photocopy of your image or it will most likely not turn out correctly)
  • Mod Podge
  • Craft Paint ( It is up to you if you want to use the paint or just leave it the wood color it naturally is.)
  • Sand Paper
  • Clear glaze finishing spray
  • Now to begin:
  • Paint the edges of your wood panel. (Optional)
  • Apply a generous amount of the transfer solution to the image. You’ll need a thick layer.
  • Press the image, photo side down, onto the wood panel. Rub firmly to smooth out the image and remove air bubbles. Let it dry completely.
  • Use a damp cloth or sponge to wet one section of the paper at a time. Begin rubbing gently to remove the paper and expose the transferred image below. It is easier to remove the top layer first, let it dry slightly, and then repeat the process as needed to remove any excess pieces of paper that were left behind.
  • Once you are satisfied with the image, sand the edges lightly. Seal the photo to wood transfer with a finishing spray.

The end result is wonderful and makes the image look as if it was meant to be there and not just glued on top of it. There are also many other ways you can take this to the next level like by painting the wood. It just depends on how and what you would like as your home decor.

Getting it out There

These are just some DIY projects that you can use for your photographs to decorate with. There are many more out there and so may ways to do it with. You just have to take the pictures and then take the chance on yourself to make our house a wonderful place to live surrounded by nature even when you are inside. I have found that these projects really help during the winter when I am looking at my birds, trees, or even the waterfalls I so adore. It helps to keep the calmness down inside me, especially when cabin fever hits. Your options are limitless with ideas like these and there are so many more to come.

Try It Yourself

What do you have to lose? The worse that can happen is you mess up the first time and then you have to start over. Practice makes perfect and in any sense you will always have the photos so you can reprint them and try again. When we try something new, we always get nervous. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be yours and it will be something you have done yourself and can say you are proud of. This is also a great way to do birthday gifts and Christmas gifts for the holidays. It will show someone you took the time to put effort into their gift and they will cherish it more than you will ever know.

Comments

  1. Brendan West says:

    This article was very informitave and I found it interesting the many things you can do for home decor. I especially like the pictures on glass and the ideas you have given me for upcoming holidays. I cannot wait to read more of your interesting ideas whether its DIY or just ideas to make photography more interesting and easier. Keep up the good work and I look forward to many more posts.

  2. Sherrane says:

    Brendan,
    I am glad that you found the article interesting. That’s what I was going for and to give you ideas for your next present you are going to deliver. I will try to do more DIY posts and will also keep the photography interesting and easier. After all, I am here to help beginners or novices alike to remember what it is like to see the beauty in the wonderful world.
    May Peace be with you always and thank you.
    Sherrane

  3. sid says:

    I can some how relate to this topic as well. I too just like many other people on this site decorate my house with my own photos. It somehow feel nice to be the owner of your own work. But, as you said, it can sometimes be a pain when we want to select something out of a group of photos altogether.

    Thank you for the post by the way. I hope that you have a great day!

    Sid

    • Sherrane says:

      Thank you very much for your feedback. Yes there is a great sense of worth knowing you have done something yourself. The hardest part is choosing between what you want so I find myself asking, what would I want to see more every day. It seems to work so far and if I decide at a later date I want the picture I didn’t select, I’ll do it next time.

      Have a great day!

      Sherrane

  4. Andy Smith says:

    Hi. Thank you for all the really useful detail. It is a great feeling of accomplishment when you can decorate with home with something that you have created. I find the hardest part is choosing which pictures to use! I really love using pictures of landscapes as I’m often not patient enough to get good pictures of animals. All the best 

    • Sherrane says:

      Andy,

      You are right, we always have a great feeling of accomplishment when we decorate with our own things. Just knowing we did that makes you feel good. I have a few wildlife pictures because I actually got lucky when out shooting on some days, but I do have a lot of landscape pictures as well. They actually sit still for you long enough. Haha! Thank you for your input and feedback. It is much appreciated.

      Wishing you the best,

      Sherrane

  5. Henderson says:

    Hello there. Thanks Karen you so much for the valuable information you have given on decoration and gifts. It’s true that sometimes we might feel a sense for embarrassment when visitors criticize works on our walls without knowing who actually do them but I also love outdoor photography and I take pictures once in a while with my phone too. I like the ideas you have given here for the holiday. Birthday cards and the rest. I hope to get more DIY tips. Thanks a lot.

    • Sherrane says:

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m glad you have found the information valuable and useful. I have found it is so much easier to decorate with my things and this way other people will see your work also.It’s easy for other people to criticize when they do not know the artist. It is all in how you take it, because it can also help with improvement. If you like it, you should be proud of it. I’m glad you like outdoor photography, I think mother nature is the best landscape that has been given to us. It’s good that you get out and take pictures and with your phone too. We all do that and sometimes they turn out really great. I will plan on doing more DIY tips and ideas for photography and maybe other things as well.

      Thank You,

      Sherrane

  6. MissusB says:

    My husband is the one who’s fond of taking outdoor pictures. He has several copies saved in the computer but never took the initiative to print it. He says it’s just a hobby but honestly there are nice shots that I’ve seen. You gave me a very practical to make a personal decor out of my husband’s photography. It would actually make hom proud to see those pictures in bigger prints. It would also teach out kids about resourcefulness and appreciation of one’s gift or talent. I especially like the procedure of using a glass panel or old frame. It would really save a lot to do so. I hope to try it soon and when my hands get used for doing this, I can even make some to be given aspersonalized gifts. Thank you for your wonderful idea. It’s easy to understand without any pictures. Hope to learn more diy projects from you.

    • Sherrane says:

      Thank you for your feedback. My passion for photography started out as a hobby too. Then I seen that I actually had some good photos too in my collection. So I decided to give it a shot and it made me appreciate what I do and feel good about what I have accomplished. Your husband would be thrilled if you surprised him with some of his work. I think he would greatly appreciate it. It will teach your kids about the finer things in life and letting their work as artists show if they so choose to do something with art. I always love to make and give personalized gifts because then it is appreciated more because the person receiving it will know you put effort into it. I will come up with and add more DIY projects to my page. It’s another sense of knowing I am doing something to help someone with ideas for their life.

      Thank you so much,

      Sherrane

  7. RoDarrick says:

    Interesting ideas you’ve shared here concerning decorating with photography. I took interest in photography some months back and definitely, all these are new to me and I’m getting excited at doing this already. The DIY suggestions are simply great and I’m more than ready to try it since I’ve got nothing to lose while doing it. Thanks

    • Sherrane says:

      Thank you and thank you for your feedback. I get excited every time I do a project or think of how I can do a project. I am glad you have an interest in photography and it can be used for so much more, like the DIY projects. Where there is a will, there is a way. I am really glad you like the ideas and would love to hear how any of yours have turned out when you decide to do one. You are greatly appreciated, and remember photography is a form of art however you decide to use it.

      Thank You,

      Sherrane

  8. Robert says:

    Thanks for this great explanation on how to decorate my home with my outdoor photography and especially your clear explanation on how to put pictures on glass. I have seen the finished product at a friends house and always liked the way it looks, but he never did them himself. He had bought them.

    I personally like to not only take the pictures but develop and print them as well. Your clear explanation of the process for putting pictures on glass is something I am going to try next. Question: When removing the paper in layers, do you keep re-soaking the paper as you remove the layers after letting it dry after the initial soaking?

    • Sherrane says:

      Robert,

      Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you enjoyed the explanation of the DIY projects for decorating your home with photography. I always try to keep my explanations clear because I feel it helps other people to understand it better. The finished project looks great and am glad you have been able to see a finished product, although, when people sell them for others to buy, they can be quite expensive, Of course, you have to practice to become better at it.

      I always print my own pictures unless I need a bigger picture than my printer can handle. I used to develop my own pictures in a darkroom as well and then blow them up to the size I needed. I have not done that in years though, because it has been a while since I have had access to a darkroom I would love to have a darkroom here and start doing that again, especially for my black and whites.

      To answer your question: yes. You do keep re-soaking the paper as you remove the layers after letting it dry. You want it to come off smooth and leave the photo on there. It does take some time sometimes but the finished product is well worth it.

      Have a great day!

      Sherrane

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