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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Making a Memorial Collage:

On this snowy morning, I decided to do an art project.

Cary's father, Troy, died nearly three years ago.  At that time, I scanned a bunch of pictures and put them on two bulletin boards for the funeral.  These were hanging in our office/craft room until I re-arranged everything the other day.

I had found an old movie poster board that had plexiglass but no frame, during my cleaning spree. I  decided to make a nice collage out of Troy's pictures.


First, I trimmed the pictures with pinking shears, to class them up a little.  Then I arranged them on the board, and after I got the design I wanted, I took a picture so I would remember where everything went.  Then, I used a spray-on adhesive to glue the pictures down.  That was a good idea, because I could still move them around and not have a big mess.


After the pictures were glued down, I took a black paint pen and outlined each photo with black dots.  This was especially effective on the black and white photos that were touching each other because they stood out more.


I used black electrical tape to anchor the plexiglass to the picture board.  It worked good and actually looks nice.  I  put two small nails underneath the bottom of the frame to help support the weight on the tape.  If I had any clear tape for mailing packages left, I would have used that first and then put the electrical tape over the top for looks, but I think this will work fine.

I hung the collage by the front door, where that cupboard used to be.  Notice the top right hand corner?  I put Troy's obituary and the program from the funeral up there.  The TROY lettering is actually a decal that Cary had made for the trucks at work.  I just peeled of the backing and then used the black paint pen. 

Ti-da!  All done.  And, Cary likes it.

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