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Create a great looking Photo Mat, without cutting Mat Board, or requiring any special tools.

Step 1: Materials Needed

Here's the list of materials needed for this Instructable:

- A Photo to Frame (any size you wish)
- Picture Frame (with glass, precut photo mat not required)
--- NOTE: The picture frame MUST be at least 2-3 inches larger in all directions than the photo you are planning to put into this frame. The extra area will provide the space for you to paint, while still allowing your photo to be fully viewed.
- Acrylic Paint (buy individual paint tubes, or a set of many colors)
- Paint Brushes for Acrylic Paints (in whatever sizes/design you prefer)
- Poster board (or large piece of cardboard)

Misc items from around the house:

- Ruler
- Pen/Pencil
- Double-sided tape
- Scissors
<p>I'm an artist and a frame shop owner - I've been using a similar technique for years and produced some really cool artwork as a result. You are exactly right about the acrylic paint not staying put. One of the solutions for this that has also given me the ability to add more depth is... plastic wrap. If you apply it carefully it prevents that acrylic from any accidental sticking to the photo and won't really show through. Mylar sheets are another great choice for putting a protective barrier between the paint and the photo so that you can do picture swap-outs in the future.</p><p>Just a quick extra note for those of you who really want to get original... if your frame is deep enough, you can layer several sheets of glass, each with its own painted image. Doing so gives you the same effect as an animation cel, but with glass. There are just so many things you can do with this method to enhance the depth and dimension! You can also use paint pens, paint markers, and sharpie oil-based pens to draw, color, or add details.</p><p>Great instructable! Thanks for sharing </p>
&nbsp;really like the idea!..&nbsp;<br /> Thanks..<br /> ;)
If you follow this posters steps and substitute acrylic enamel paint (folkart sells a good one) then the results will be permanent without the risk of peeling or fading. The folkart acrylic enamels can also be heat cured in your oven for extra strength. Just a thought:)
I like this; it's a good effect and simple. If I get around to printing out some of my photos I'll try this. At the moment they are all just sitting on my hardrive.
This is a very nice and easy project...I love the simplicity and also the ideas and ways to display art. Thank you.
This might be a great way to have an inexpensive (& fun for me!!) Christmas gift for one or two people! Thanks for the great ideas!

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