Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Temple Picture For Bryce's Room

As many of you may know I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Recently, at our General Conference, the President of the Church, Thomas S Monson, gave some very sound advice to parents about the temple.  For us the temple is the house of the Lord.  It is where we get married for eternity and families are made forever families.



I couldn't imagine waking up to anything better.  I searched the internet and found this picture that I absolutely love.  I LOVE the light filtering down and the sunspots.    Then I added a cross process effect to make the colors more vintage-y looking and printed it out in 6 sections.  I found it on someone's flicker page and I asked her if I could use it first.  It is not up anymore or else I would link to it.

I used this tutorial for distressed photo canvases.    It is a really easy process.  First you get your image.  I just printed it off on my printer.  The tutorial says you need to use toner and not ink, but I used ink and it worked out okay.  To prep your canvas you cover it with a nice thick, but not too thick layer of Gel Medium.  Then place your image face down in the gel and let it dry for like 4 hours.  BTW I also reversed the image so it would be the right way when I was done.  
Once the image and gel is all dry, spray it down with water and peel off the paper.  Then let it dry.  Then get it wet again and rub off more paper.  Then dry. and then get it wet and rub more off.   Just keep going until it looks the way you want it to.  Just be careful not to take off too much of the image.  Then once it ready cover it with another layer of the medium gel and you are done.
  It is a really fun process so I seriously hope you go check it out.  I am planning on trying it again.


When I was little I wan't a member of the church.  My family met the missionaries when I was 11 and my family got baptized.  Then a few years later everything kinda fell apart.  When I was 16 I bought a picture of a couple standing in front of the Salt Lake Temple on their wedding day and put it in a frame on my dresser.  Three years later, when I was 19 that picture was still on my dresser (probably barried under a mountain of clothes) and when I realized I needed to start make decisions about the kind of life I wanted to have I remembered that picture and knew that was what I wanted.  
  

I hope these pictures I am creating will serve much the same purpose for my children.  No matter what choices they make they will know they can always look to the temple and they will know it means enough to their mother, who loves them, that she took the time to make it part of their everyday lives.




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29 comments:

  1. So this is freaking awesome, although it intimidates me. I have a serious proposal that you can completely turn down. We'll be in Bountiful the first week in August. I'd pay you to make me one. If you're interested, how much would you charge? you can email or FB me if it's even something you want to do. Crystl Hill

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  2. Did he suggest an age or did you add in the 'infants' bit?

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  3. @Anonymous
    The quote is taken directly from Pres. Monson's talks.

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  4. It's a very beautiful image and the meaning behind it is so special. I love how you've decorated the room too!

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  5. It's gorgeous! I'd love to make one for my home. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. That's a fabulous picture! Thank you for sharing how you did it!

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  7. Thank you for sharing, I love this picture. Could you tell us where (what website) and how you printed your picture (was it in sections), and what size your canvas is? I would love to do one of the Logan temple!

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  8. I cannot WAIT to try this! I have never even heard of this process much less tried it! Awesome, awesome, awesome! Thanks for sharing!! : )

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  9. I love, love, love this! Where do you get the gel medium that you used to adhere the picture to the canvas.

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  10. This is so cool, the entire process and your story. Thanks for sharing, I found you on pinterest.

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  11. This looks great! I saw you at Tip Junkie, and I started following you.

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  12. I also found you on Pinterest. I love the print. Would you please email me at donnab6464@gmail.com and give me the size of the canvas. I think you said you printed it off on your computer, but was it in sections? What were the sizes of the sections? I would imagine I could get the Gel Medium at Michaels, right? Thank you so much for sharing this technique. What a lucky little guy Bryce is to have you for a Mom.

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  13. I want to do this ASAP..thanks! I have a question, what size image did you produce? If I print my image out I can only do one size, any suggestions on how to get larger images on canvas? Thanks so much!

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  14. same..i found you on pinterest. I'm excited to try this. it really, really looks cool. I've heard that quote before too and have been meaning to get a picture up in my kids room and just haven't yet. I've been looking for an alternative to just the basic temple photo that I would love but haven't found anything yet until I saw your blog post. Thanks!

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  15. I love this!! How did you print out such a large image on your printer! I love your idea and would love to do a picture this size! Thank you so much for sharing and your beautiful work of art!!

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  16. What a pretty picture.
    This is the coolest thing I have seen.

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  17. This is my first time to your blog. Found the temple picture on pintetrest! The picture is amazing. I want to try it! I have heard those quotes before to and really need to get moving on it. Thanks

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  18. WOW I LOVE IT !!! What a great idea !!!

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  19. I love how your baby's room looks, your decor is awesome! Pom-poms, the tree, dots on the walls, the beautiful image as a reminder of God's love, it is a great room :) Love your tutorial, and while I've read of the same process before, yours is the first I've seen using color, so thank you!

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  20. found u via pinterest too. I love this idea...now, if I'd only spend a little time to do this. One day...thx.

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  21. I know you've been asked this question a lot but I would love to know where you got your picture of the temple. Email me please :)

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  22. Im trying this out.. and I am having issues getting the paper off. do you use transfer paper? I'm trying different things to find something that works.. I even tried acetone. Im really not sure what to do.

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  23. hello im also trying now Im working In one 24x28 i got my print from staples for 3.55 did the same with the medium and now working on taking all the paper off still look white so i keep rubbing not sure if this is going to work out i also make some 8x10 alot easier with tisue paper i print it and then paste it to my canvas its was so easy and they look great ! Amanda just keep using water

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  24. Is there any way to have you e-mail a copy of the picture!? Or tell me more about the cross process effect?
    wildeoregon{at}gmail{dot}com Thanks!!

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  25. would mod podge be a good substitute for gel medium? and what kind of canvas did you use? this is awesome!

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  26. what kind of paper did you use to print your image on?

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  27. Love the colors. What a unique Temple picture. Great job!

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  28. Do you still have this pic to email? I would love to do what you did for my kids!

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