The Easiest & Cheapest DIY Art Project (Using Your Phone)

The Easiest & Cheapest DIY Art Project (Using Your Phone)

Amelia Lawrence
Nov 18, 2017
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When it comes to making your own art, there is no shortage of project ideas. If you have artistic tendencies, you can likely take any idea or inspiration (online or IRL) and turn it into something worthy of that much-coveted spot on your gallery wall. However, if you have less-than-artistic tendencies, those ideas may be more likely to become Pinterest Fails than framed masterpieces. And that's okay. My advice when it comes to DIY art is this: know your limits.

Maybe you don't know your way around a paint brush and canvas, but I'll bet you know your way around a smart phone – enough to take a photo and open it in an app, right? So instead of fussing over supplies at the art store, only to end up disappointed with yourself, how about an art project for the art-less...

We use our phones for just about everything, so why not use it as a tool to create custom artwork for your home and your friends' homes? Whether you want to turn your favorite travel photos into paint-like prints, or send the perfect housewarming gift by creating a watercolor of your friend's new house, check out these 3 easy steps to see how.

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1. Take a photo on your phone. Or upload an existing image to your phone library. Images that are higher quality and contain contrast tend to work best. If photography isn't your thing, you can always check out free stock sites like our favorite, Unsplash.

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2. Edit. Using the art app of your choice, select your favorite filter to change your image into a work of art. We used the Prisma Photo Editor App (free), but also love the Waterlogue App ($3.99). If you have less than an ounce of artist in you, you'll be fine – let the app do the work! Pro-Tip: Upgrade your Prisma Photo Editor App in order to save higher-quality images. This will benefit your art if you are wanting to print larger sizes.

The apps work well with contrasting landscapes and architecture...

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But they can also transform more abstract photos into interesting works of art.

3. Print & frame. Before printing, it's worth checking the resolution and size of your image. This is especially true if you are using the free versions of the apps. We recommend opening your image in Preview (or a similar program) to check the size and quality. Art apps tend to shrink images as well as change the resolution to 72 dpi which isn't ideal for prints, so if you're able, we suggest changing the dpi to at least 150, which requires that the image dimension shrink some.

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If you don't have a quality printer at home, we suggest these sites:

  • Nations Photo Lab - Great for photo prints as well as photo gift ideas.
  • Artifact Uprising - All of their photos are printed on high-quality textured matte prints.
  • - Select the lustre prints or linen paper for a real art-feel.

And for unique framing options, check out some of our favorites:

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