As I mentioned in this post, everyday until Christmas I will be making something each day. First, I made this Mark Twain art piece for my boyfriend for Christmas. I found the idea from instagram and altered it a bit. First, I took pieces of wood and secured them together with two thin pieces on the back. Then, I printed out an 18x24 in. print from Kinkos in black & white for $2 (Thanks for the info on printing, Elsie)...I ended up messing it up the first time because the print bubbled and wrinkled due to the modge podge. So I printed it out in color which was $12 so I couldn't mess up this time. Plus, the book cover looked so much better in color. I measured out the pieces of wood and cut the paper with an x-acto knife. On the right you can see how it isn't perfectly cut to size but it adds character, right? I'm no perfectionist. After the pieces were cut and a little trial and error I lightly painted on modge podge and let it dry for a minute, then starting at the top pressed the paper down in little sections (instead of putting the whole piece on at once).
I loved this method of putting a printing on wood and will probably do it with black and white pictures soon. It is a very inexpensive gift if you have scrap wood and $2 for a print!
What have you been making recently?