Altered Photo Frame

Hello everyone,

I am so happy to share with you my first project for G45. 

Since we are not traveling this summer to Egypt, I thought to create a scene that reminds me of the Red Sea!  

I created this 3D scene of fishes using ocean blue paper collection. Alteration and creation scenes are my favorites go-to art projects.

Let me share with you the steps of creating this 3D scene. You can also watch the full video tutorial here.

1 – First, I brainstormed different ideas for making the scene, and once I settled on one, I sketched it with some details.

2- To start my scene, I fussy cut some sea creatures from my ocean blue paper pad.

 3 – I only used my 8″ pad, so my sea creatures wouldn’t be excessively large for my 9″ frame.

4- then, to cover my frame sides, I measured them and cut some papers accordingly. Then I glued them on with multi-medium glue.

Since the main focus of the project will be in the front, I used some simple patterns to cover the sides.

5- to give it some unique 3D look, I used clear shrink film to hold my fishes and sticked them in different palaces. As an added bonus, they also wiggle around when shacked as if they are swimming.

6- because I always love adding different textures to my projects, I used a stencil with shimmer paste to make some raised patterns.

7- Finally, I stacked several embellishments and die-cuts to create a unique look of depth.

Tip: Before gluing any of the embellishments, try arranging and moving them around till you are content with their placement. Take several pictures then begin gluing them.

I hope you like my project as much as I do. The nautical theme is one of my favorite themes to create. You know the smell of the sea, fresh air, wave sound, and the stunning world under the sea!