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It all started on Oscar night.

I loved this pop culture moment orchestrated by Ellen, snapped by Bradley and shared 3.3 million times via Twitter.  I am not sure who owns the photo to provide proper credit (some sources say its Bradley Cooper’s image).

Ellen's Oscar Selfie!

2014 Infamous Oscar Selfie!

Today’s project was inspired by Elsie & Emma’s blog: A Beautiful Mess.  They recently used a landscape photo and applied a pop art twist and I am smitten with their results!  Click here for a peak: oversized landscape pop art.

pop art quote

Pop art is based upon including imagery from popular culture. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material. Pop art is aimed to employ images of popular as opposed to elitist culture in art, emphasizing the kitschy elements of any given culture, most often through the use of irony.” Source:  Wikipedia

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pop art photo


The supplies: a dauber set and Washi tape.  Q-tips would work if you don’t have a dauber set.

Step one: find your photo!

I chose a family photo from the 1940s and printed a copy at 11 x 17 at Office Max.   They are a great resource for printing large images inexpensively!  Image size today was intentional: to specifically accommodate the frame I found in a trash-to-treasure moment at work.  Here is a sneak peek at the back of the crate frame.  A couple of coats of spray paint changed its destiny. IMG_3777

Step two:  use painter’s tape or washi tape to apply a guide for your dots!  Try to avoid pushing the tape securely to your image.  You want to remove the tape after it serves its purpose as your “ruler.”


Step three:  Select your paint colors and use a dauber set (or Q-tips) to create a dot pattern on your image.  Once dry, remove the tape.  Easy!