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Saturday, 18 April 2015

How to Create your own Black and White Print

I have a thing for cows.
I didn't grow up on a farm,
 but I spent a lot of time at my cousin's farm and they had Holstein cattle.
There's a lot of memories here.
Haying in the summer.
Swimming in the lake after haying.
Playing hide and seek in the hay mow.
Feeding the calves.
The barn is run down.
It hasn't been used in many years.
Very sad to see.
This is the far side of the barn where the cows would come and go.
The barnyard.
This was the entrance to the upper part of the barn.
There was a thick rope hanging from a beam that we would swing on.
To the far left is where the milk house was.
I would often help clean the milkers and the tank.
So now you know why seeing a Holstein cow always brings me back to another time and place.
I got this print from Educational Technology Clearinghouse.
They have thousands of free clipart.
On the left side of the website click on Clip Media and then click on ClipArt Etc.
The cow print is found under Mammals and then under mammals starting with the letter "C".
Double click on the picture and you can download the size of picture you want.
Once you have your picture saved, double click on the picture and it will take you to the above.
When you click, "print", it will ask you for the size of picture you want.
  I chose this size because the full page photo was too big for what I needed.
I have a PC and use Windows 7.
Make sure you click on the checkmark in the box so that the picture will fit to frame.
I first printed it on white paper, but I found it too white for my frame.
{Plus I messed up the paper a bit trying to fix it here and there}
I printed it on a beige coloured paper called Passport Granite from Staples.
I wouldn't call it cardstock but it is better quality than regular printer paper.
You'll need to cut the print the same size as the opening of the back of your frame,
as well as a piece of thick cardboard. (I cut mine from a box)
Apply the Mod Podge to the bottom lower half of the cardboard first.
(It dries quickly)
I applied it in thirds.
Try to keep the picture as smooth as you can.
Once the picture is pasted to the cardboard, apply another coat to the top of the picture.
I had no issues with the ink running.
This frame was on clearance because there was no glass on it.
I loved the rustic look it had and the colour.
This is the back of  the frame.
I put my messed up white copy on cardboard behind the good copy.
It made it nice and snug.
I liked that the picture could stand on its own.
I didn't need a glass for this frame because there is a sheen from the Mod Podge.
There is a couple of little wrinkles but I think it adds to the look.
A little touch of the farm.
I have plans to paint this table,
but in the meantime it looks OK here.
 Visible, but not overly.

 My son wanted to know why I wanted a picture of a cow.
So I shared with him the memories of spending time at the farm.
 I downloaded some sheep.
I have plans to frame one and add a scripture verse to it.
But that's for another day.
Like I said earlier, this brings back lots of happy childhood memories.
Do you have something in your home that reminds you of something from your childhood?
No childhood is perfect,
but there is always something that when we look back on,
we can find a fond memory.
There is always a ray of light in the darkness.
Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world".
Ask God to remind you of a happy childhood memory that you may have forgot about.
I pray that you have a blessed day today.
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  1. I love that picture! I liked learning the story behind it too. Sounds like a great way to spend the summer growing up. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kelly! I could have shared more stories but that would have been a very long post! Have a great week! Diane

  2. Thank you so much for this information. I have been wanting a cow picture for a while now, but everything I find is soooo expensive...I am definitely going to check out that website. I grew up on a small farm, and my grandparents had a farm...such fond memories. After running away from that lifestyle, we are now creating our own small farm ;-) Thank you for visiting my blog! I am enjoying looking through your blog and am now a follower!
    Lori from LL Farm

    1. There are so many wonderful pictures on that website. I think everyone should experience farm life to some degree. It's nice that you get to have your own little farm now. Thanks for following! Have a great week! Diane

  3. Hello Diane and a very blessed Wednesday to you!
    Oh, I really love your picture of the cow! You did such a lovely job of creating a pretty feature for your home...
    I love pieces of decor that have special stories attached to them!
    Much love and hugs!

    1. Thanks Kelly-Anne! You're a sweet encourager!

  4. What a neat and thrifty project!! Your picture came out beautiful. Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. It is always a pleasure to enter your parlor :)

    1. Thanks so much Jes! It is always nice to have a visit from you at the Parlor Room!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. I love this image. I didn't grow up on a farm, but always wished I did. I have a thing for sheep, but don't really know why. lol! There's an old barn next to the back side of our home. Very old and run down, but I sure wish it was mine! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. I love your cow pic! Thanks for joining HSH!


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