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How To Make Letter Collage Art

 
 

Happy Monday friends!
Do you need a little fun for your walls?

I have been looking for a non-traditional way to incorporate our family name in our home somewhere. A very generous photographer by the name of Leo Reynolds shares his collections of letters, numbers, and other interesting architectural details with the general public for free on Flickr.

 

 You are welcome to use these images for personal use as long as you don’t sell them. How stinkin’ cool is that?!?

On a rainy Saturday morning while my kids snuggled up on the couch and watched Cheaper By The Dozen II for the 47th time, I downloaded and played with these letters and had the best dang time creating our little family sign. Then I made one for each of my kids. And then I made them for my friends. I’m warning you, this could easily become an obsession!
 
To make one yourself, here is what you need to do:
  • Choose letters, numbers and other interesting details found on signs and buildings from Leo Reynold’s collections, and save to your computer. I chose to save the images in size Medium/640 pixels. The clarity of this size is very crisp and clean in my posters.
  • If you don’t have a photo editing software program on your computer, visit PicMonkey. Open the collage feature.
  • Upload your Leo Reynolds letters and create the layout you want your letters to be in. Keep in mind common frame sizes – I like 16×20 or 18×24 for these posters.
  • Once you have put together your collage, save to your computer.
  • Upload your collage to a photo site {I use Snapfish} and order a poster. Snapfish had a sale when I ordered so each 16×20 poster was approximately $10 with shipping & handling.
I love that you can use the different images to bring color into a room, combine edgy, modern letters and numbers with antique fonts, and personalize a piece of art for your home. Make sure you check out Doors Windows Gates and Hardware in Leo Reynold’s collections for interesting details to fill in a space as needed. I used the search feature to find a collection of hearts and love how this collage for my friend turned out:

The kids had so much fun picking out letters for their posters. Sean’s was all about the O cutout that has a very fine cobweb in it. He loved this and had to have it in his collage!

Our family sign has our last name, EST (established), a cool knob as a space filler, and our wedding date. I was going to put just the year we were married but loved this 17 and had to use it. Hopefully this will help my husband and children remember our anniversary!

I love that each one is different. 

 

Thank you so much Mr. Leo Reynolds!

I hope you’re inspired to make a masterpiece of your very own! Have a wonderful day!

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Saturday 13th of October 2012

Your blog is GREAT!!!!! I am so happy you left a comment for me and I can and checked you out. The letter project is awesome......can't wait to check out all the letters and numbers from him....what a nice thing to do for people! Have a great day Lisa.

Mel - CityGirl

Sunday 18th of March 2012

Hi Lisa!I love this amazing photo project idea! I am going to have to try this out! Love your blog! :) Melissa

Graceful

Saturday 8th of January 2011

I love this project...and I THINK it may be something I could do (I'm not artistically creative...so we'll see).

Madeline

Wednesday 20th of October 2010

OK...I saved lots and lots of letters onto my computer. However, when I opened Picassa, they didn't transfer. Usually that happens automatically. Any ideas? My oldest is redecorating her room in January and that would be a perfect decoration. Thanks, Lisa!

Madeline

Saturday 9th of October 2010

I love Picasa! I use it for all my pics. I'm going over to the letters site now....thank you!