Hello again friends!
I have shared with you my obsession with pencil artwork as well as my ultra-frugal (aka cheap) attitude toward decorating. A lot of my artwork collection is displayed on the wall up my stairwell and just pops off of the crayon-orange wall color. If you want to see more of my collection, you can see my Gorgeous Gallery Walls to Inspire You.
I found a $2 black and gold wooden frame at the thrift store and wanted a new piece of art to put into it. (Lightbulb!!!) Why don’t I add a picture of my own house? Why haven’t I done this already? Well, I have two answers: 1) It is expensive to commission artwork and 2) It is expensive to commission artwork and I cannot draw stick people.
I started looking online for a way to take a photo and change it into a drawing. What I found were three websites that allow you to load your photo and transform it into art for free in seconds.
Does this sound fun?
I would call it addictive.
First, I tried a photo of my entire house. My house is a Federal style house and has a lot of brick. A lot. I wasn’t too happy with the results. I think if I had a front porch or shutters there would be more depth to my house and it would look different. Here’s what it looked like…
I then tried a closeup of my front stoop when it was decorated for July 4th
I liked this and decided to print it out and frame it to go on my gallery wall.
A $2 frame + a free website + a plain white piece of copier paper = ART!
Here’s where I added the print to my gallery wall.
I think it fits perfectly with the other artwork.
Here are the three sites that I want to share with you so you can try this yourself.
You MUST try this! Really.
ImageOnline.co With ImageOnline.co you can load a photo and watch it instantly become a pencil sketch. When working with this site, I found that the smaller the size of the photo, the better. I tried loading larger images around 3MG and they would load into the system but would not draw the image. Below is a photo of my daughter, Mary, and the sketch using ImageOnline.co.
The second site is FotoSketcher.com. This site was my favorite overall. You do have to download FotoSketcher.com onto your computer to use it. It is Microsoft-friendly and is a little more difficult to use if you have a Mac. If you have a Mac computer, it is a little different so you may need to give yourself time to learn it. The only way I could figure out how to load the photo into the system with my Mac was to drag and drop. I liked this program the best because there were many options of how to change a photo. I will give you a few examples from oil to watercolor to the pencil drawing I chose to use for my gallery wall. The original photo is shown below with a mix of ways I changed the photo after that.
The last site is editor.pho.to/edit. Once you are on the site, choose Fun Edits at the top. You can then see all of the options they give you and load a photo. You have an option to load a photo directly off of Facebook, too.
Below are some examples…
The last photo I shared from editor.pho.to./edit was edited using their Fun Edit “Vintage”. This makes me think of all of those photos people get where they dress up in western clothes and have their photos taken. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? They look like they’ve just walked out of a saloon. Yes? No?
I have given you the sites so what you choose to do with them is up to you and your imagination. These are just so fun and I hope you enjoy playing around with them as much as I did!
Thank you so much for stopping by Mulch and Paint today! I appreciate you visiting with me and hope you’ll come back again soon!
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I have always loved a gallery wall. And the black and white sketches are a great touch. They make a nice gift too.
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Thank you! I am a full-time Realtor and I’d love to experiment with these sites to make pictures of the homes I sell for gifts. Can’t wait to try it out! Thank you again for stopping by Mulch and Paint! ~Kristi
Aletha Oglesby says
This is fascinating. I had no idea such sites existed, and for free! Thanks for sharing this resource.
I found it fascinating, too! Hope you have fun trying these out with your own photos. Thanks for stopping by Mulch and Paint! ~Kristi