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Turn your Dad into a masterpiece with Red Ted Art

May 20, 2015
With Father’s Day coming up, we asked the Maggy from the fantastic ‘Red Ted Art’ blog, to come up with a unique craft project this Father’s Day. Over to you, Maggy… ”We love our dads! And there is nothing better than making dad something special for Father’s Day. This year it is all about turning Dad into a Masterpiece – we show you a great technique that allows ANYONE to “cartoonify” their Dad into a Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol inspired piece of art! Then once you have finished your artwork, print it on a mug, canvas or iPad case and make your Father’s day special! You will need:   An A4 picture of dad – print this on normal paper A piece of plastic – such as an “old subject divider” or “overhead projector sheet” – anything plastic and clear that you can fid A marker pen A printer Pens or water colours of choice How to Create your Father’s Day Art: Begin by choosing a nice photo of Dad – preferably one, where you can see his whole face well – or JUST his profile. Choosing a photo was actually what took us the longest! Print it out in A4 size. We chose pictures of “us and dad” together. Lay you plastic sheet on top and now carefully begin tracing around your father’s features.   Top tips The nose and mouth can make a picture look “funny”, keep these simple and don’t add too many lines – the nostrils often are quite enough. Also draw what you SEE. My kids were tempted to draw “hair lines” in different directions as they IMAGINED the lines to go there, we stopped and traced only what we could see. Keep it simple.. don’t try and too much detail… go round the face, the eyes, the hairline… Finally, you don’t have to draw the whole of dad – it is enough to indicate the neck and outline of his shirt or t-shirt.   Now you have created your outline, print 4-5 copies onto white paper and start colouring. If your printer has a ‘copy’ feature, then you can copy the plastic sheet and print out. Alternatively, you could take a picture using your camera and upload to your computer, edit and then print out that way if necessary. We decided to use watercolours, but you can use crayons, pens or paints. Have fun and be wacky! Remember Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein used wacky colours too.. And if you don’t like your colour scheme… print off some more and have another go! Now you can either just use “the one” image to print onto your canvas or create a collage…… Photograph your pictures . You can now edit them in places like “Picmonkey” if you want to create a collage or upload them directly to Photobox. Choose how you want your photos displayed – do you want just one image? Or a collage of four? Do you want four the same? Or alternate the

Messy crafts – tips on creating a colourful collage canvas

May 18, 2015
Every so often, a customer will share a PhotoBox creation with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages that really catches our eye – most recently, it was a creation from long-standing customer, Nicola. Just look at those colours! We were intrigued, and asked Nicola to tell us a little bit more about her fantastic collage canvas…. ”My children love messy art and village decided to create some artwork by the families within the community so we had a wonderful opportunity to join involved and get messy with Paint and most importantly have loads of fun as a family. The photos I took showed my children being creative with the paint dripping it off spoons, details of the paint fun and the after effects of the mess (my daughters totally purple face, above) using hand prints and footprints to create the art. I decided to use these images for my Collage Canvas as I loved the bold bright colours and wanted to display more than one image to create a special memory of a specific event, 3 photos showed my children getting involved with the community project and the other 3 photos I chose because I loved the detail of paint running down little hands, dripping of a spoon, and the colours so vibrant i felt the really needed to be included in my collage canvas.” All images courtesy & copyright of Nicola Jermaine-Jones We love this idea from Nicola, and with Father’s Day coming up it makes a great gift. Get into the garden with the kids and try this fun, messy photo shoot for yourself!   

Photographer Derek Johnston explains his selfie with a difference…

March 19, 2015
Whilst browsing Twitter over our morning coffee, we spotted a photo & knew we had to find out more about it. We’ve seen some impressive selfies in the past year, but this one takes the biscuit… Taken by alternative portrait photographer, Derek Johnston, in his kitchen – this is definitely a selfie we approve of! Derek, who specialises in fun alternative portraits, and music & band photography, explains how he captured the shot with minimal broken cups & plates…. __________________________________________ ”So I recently had this crazy idea in my head and some free time. The idea was to have myself falling over in the kitchen with tea and biscuits flying everywhere. Below, I’ll explain how I achieved the shot… Firstly I photographed our kitchen using a 10mm fisheye:   Mimicking the light coming through the window I setup a single flash with a 32” shoot through umbrella in the front room. To capture myself mid-air was loads of fun! Jumping onto a huge beanbag, I had a helpful hand from my other half who luckily works from home. We took a handful of shots of me diving onto the beanbag in our living room. To capture the plate and biscuits was simple enough. Just hand help the plate in position and stuck a hair grip in the creamy bit of the biscuits and took a load of shots of those. Moving into the bathroom, I photographed the mug of tea in the same way as everything else. One light. Tipping it into the bath and capturing some movement: With all shots captured we move into Photoshop. It was a matter of cutting all the bit’s out and placing them in the picture. I wanted the image to have that arty look so I used dodge and burn to exaggerate the contrast and also inverted high pass technique to cleanup the skin. This technique I feel looks fake but that’s what I was going for. Here are some detail crops that offer a closer look at the final image: Here’s the final shot (you can see it in high-res here): It was a fun but different take on a selfie. I encourage you to try it!”  Derek Johnston is an alternative portrait photographer based in Southampton, United Kingdom. You can find more of his work on his website and blog. This article originally appeared here.  You can also tweet Derek – @DJohnstonPhoto 

Mother’s Day Blogger Challenge – #MyMumAndMe

March 15, 2015
After our Valentine’s Day Blogger challenge proved popular, we decided that Mother’s Day would be another perfect opportunity to challenge a set of bloggers to get creative with a PhotoBox product. This time around, we’ve split the challenge into two different parts – Mum Advice & #MyMumAndMe. To get the bloggers in the competitive spirit, we also offered a special prize for the bloggers to share with their Mum – who says treating your Mum can only be one day a year?? All of the bloggers have done a fantastic job – we love seeing our products used in different ways! Mum Advice First up, we teamed up with some lifestyle bloggers, and challenged them to tell us the best advice their Mum had given them, using a PhotoBox product. This could be anything from ‘make sure you wear a coat!’ to ‘dull women have immaculate homes’ –  let’s see what they came up with… Alice-Megan Alice chose a collage canvas to tell us the best advice her Mum ever gave her – ‘Time spent with family is worth every second’. We couldn’t agree more! Alice also shared some of her other favourite advice from her mum in her blog post, including ‘put money aside for a rainy day’, ‘laugh often’ and ‘if I were doing it…’ – particularly when Alice is cooking! A Much Prettier Puzzle Charlotte from ‘A Much Prettier Puzzle’ chose one of our ‘Mum’ photo books, and created an ode to her lovely Mum! From perfect lipstick application to turning the house into an actual grotto at Christmas time, Charlotte created a fantastic A-Z to say thanks to her Mum for all the tear-wiping and belly laughs. We’re sure Charlotte’s Mum loved this special gift – we even heard her Dad was a little bit jealous! You can see more of Charlotte’s blog here. #MyMumAndMe For our second challenge, we asked a selection of bloggers who have children to show them with their Mum, alongside them with their children, on a PhotoBox product. The bloggers had the choice of everything from photo cushions, to a collage canvas. We had some great creations, with some fantastic photos…let’s take a look! Snaffles Mummy First up, we have the lovely Snaffles Mummy (Denise), who chose 2 collage canvases to show off her #MyMumAndMePhotos. What we really loved about these canvas was the use of the B&W photos of Denise with her Mum – these were a photo of a photo, taken on a smartphone & the quality is still great! Denise said she was ‘in love with the finished products’ and that they are a ‘beautiful idea that [she] wouldn’t have considered until this challenge’. High praise indeed! You can see more of Denise’s blog here. You Baby, Me Mummy Next up, we have Aby from ‘You Baby, Me Mummy’ who chose our acrylic blocks to show off two beautiful photos. We love that both images feature the beach as a theme, and that both she & her daughter

International Women’s Day – Instagrammers

March 7, 2015
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we thought we’d share some of our absolute favourite  UK based women on Instagram. These 5 ladies are quirky, fun and simply fantastic we think you’ll agree! Firstly, meet Charlotte, if you think that you recognise her work, then you’re probably right. We worked with her over Christmas to create some lovely stop motion videos for Instagram. Here’s one that you may have seen: Charlotte has an incredible and very unique style that we really do adore. Here are just a couple of our favourites, you can always find more on her Instagram account @CharlotteLovely   Having a romantic day shooting for @bryonyf with @alexedwards88 happy v day y'all A photo posted by Charlotte Love (@charlottelovely) on Feb 14, 2015 at 9:02am PST   whaaaaat?! It's Monday…already! Really? A photo posted by Charlotte Love (@charlottelovely) on Feb 2, 2015 at 12:15am PST Next up is Rachael AKA @Londongrll an artist to say the very least. Rachel manages to make the mundane magical with photos that will really leave you wondering how she managed to do it. If you love portraits and city shots, then Rachel is your woman.   #killtheunderground #lom_kong #igerslondon A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀R A C H E L (@londongrrl) on Jan 15, 2015 at 12:03pm PST   Who can stop the rain? A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀R A C H E L (@londongrrl) on Jan 3, 2015 at 12:24am PST Jess (@miss_jess) has a beautifully soft and vintage feel to most of her photos. Seeing her in your feed is sure to brighten your day, neat, organised and just plain beautiful. Here are some of our favourites:   I can't wait to wear these on Saturday. I love them @UpperStreetShoe! x A photo posted by Jess (@miss_jess) on Feb 17, 2015 at 1:13pm PST   Kitchen tools. Kitchen light. A photo posted by Jess (@miss_jess) on Mar 3, 2015 at 4:53am PST Elanor (@gelfinor) is one of those people that will inspire you to get up, get out and go and find those shots for yourself. She’s here, there and everywhere making every scene look spectacular. From foggy mornings to beautiful beaches, Elanor’s shots will give you itchy feet!   Late sun on Porthcurno Beach. A photo posted by Elanor (@gelfinor) on Dec 29, 2014 at 7:47am PST   Hello lovely people. Here is my offering… Sorry to have been so quiet. The sunlight Rays hitting the earth never cease to fill me with joy. Amazing this happens in London parks 😊 #iphoneonly A photo posted by Elanor (@gelfinor) on Feb 14, 2015 at 12:54pm PST Sandra Ahn Mode (@sandra.mode) is a master of muted colours. Her photos are clean and crisp and Sandra is seemingly able to turn her hand to any style and any situation and still make it look like her speciality.   Hope you don't mind a few latergrams from Iceland. This is Svartifoss or Black Waterfall, and the name comes from the dark lava columns. Taken with a