One of the things I love about living in the internet age (other than online shopping of course) is that you're able to look around a bit and find out about new trends and artists you've never seen before. One of my favorite pieces that I pinned this past year was this work by Erin Case. I love her mix of the human figure and landscape elements. The combination gives off such a dreamy effect. I have been looking for wall decor for my art room and thought that this look would be perfect for the space. So, with a little bit of thinking, I figured out how to make my own personal homage to the original piece:
Supplies: galaxy poster (I used this one), foam core board, X-Acto knife, rubber cement, painter's tape, and spray adhesive.1. Choose the photo that you would like to use for your art. I chose a photo of myself that was against a white wall, so there wasn't anything in the background (I also colored the face part black in Photoshop, but that step is optional). Have this photo printed as a blueprint copy (also called an engineer's copy) at Kinko's or Staples. 2. Using an X-Acto knife, cut along the outer lines of the face. 3. Continue cutting until only the upper body and hair remain. 4. Use painter's tape to attach your galaxy poster to the back of your face so that the pattern shows through to the front and covers the opening. Hold this up to a window and trace the outline of the face opening on the back of the poster. 5. Remove the painter's tape and cut out the poster shape about a 1/2 inch from the outer edge of the traced outline. 6. Brush rubber cement on the outer front edge of the poster shape as well as the inner edge of the back of the paper face opening (in other words, put the glue at the edges where the poster and paper will meet). Attach your poster piece to your paper and allow the glue to dry. 7. In a well ventilated area, spray the back of your paper/poster with an even coat of spray adhesive and quickly lay it onto your foam core board (have the board already cut to your specifications, mine is 32×32 inches). Trim any excess paper with an X-Acto knife. 8. Attach a photo hanger to the back of your piece and you're done! I really love how this project turned out. It has just the amount of abstract dreaminess that I was hoping for and it's fun to have a personalized version of a style that I admire. So, how about it? Are you ready to turn your face into a work of art too? xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman
I find it upsetting that this is a copy of an original piece of art that is available for a pretty reasonable price. It is one thing to draw inspiration from someone else but it is a much different thing to basically copy and then write a tutorial so that other people can copy. Is it so much to ask that if you like an artist’s work that you support them and pay for their idea?
I love this artwork, I really should start doing more ideas like this for my own walls! It worked out really well! Nikki x
I love this! It’s a great idea to use with my own favorite background design.
So instead of supporting an artist? You came up with a way to rip her off?
I’ve been gawking at that picture, but I like your DIY even better!
I’m going to have to go with Kayla on this — much too creepy for me!
It looks amazing. Love this idea.
I like this one better than the original. 😀
This is one of the coolest things ever!
I am so intrigued by this idea! I love how dynamic it is!
what a cool effect!
So glad you like it Erin!! Cheers!
It’s a flea market find 🙂
This is so lovely!
Laura, where did you find your plant stand? It’s great!
That’s a fun idea, I really like it.
This is super cool!
This looks weirdly cool!