Put Insightful Text Into Your Life




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In my travels across the Internet I invariably come across really meaningful text that someone has come up with superimposed on (typically using the font Helvetica) some very pretty, abstract image of nature, city lights, a beautiful girl or otherwise gentle and mysterious photo. I can’t imagine a better way to fuse the words in your head and the things you see then by putting the two exactly on top of each other to express your deep, throbbing emotions.

Thus I decided I had to have words in real life too. How could anyone know a photo would look nice with text on it unless you were able to test it out first? Now you can put your deep insights straight over everything you see.


Step 1: Materials

All you need are:
- a couple of transparencies
- an Ikea photoframe (or any photoframe) – even multiple photoframes if you like!
- sticker letters. Make sure they’re Helvetica!
- a black sharpie. Your words don’t need color to ooze feeling.
- a pencil and scissors

Step 2:

Trace the plastic in your frame on your transparency with a pencil.

Step 3:

Have your meaningful insight ready!

Step 4:

Using your sharpie or sticker letters express your thought on the transparency however you like.

Step 5:

Cut out the transparency, put it in the frame and take as many photos with it as you please. Or just use it to make sure what you’re about to take a photo of really does look good with text placed on top of it. Bonus points for using a DSLR. Extra bonus points for using a lomography camera and then scanning it into your computer. Incredibly extra bonus points for using a polaroid camera to capture your text on the photo.

Step 6: Make More and Take Photos!

Now you can go crazy with it and make sure all your insights are recorded imposed over awesome photos.

Like mine? Check out more photos on Flickr or even my blog. (You can even purchase the set of 5 for the unbeatable price of $10! Though super easy to do yourself, if you'd rather someone else did it for you...message me and I’ll create your own customized set of 5 with whatever words you want!)



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    13 Discussions

    This is great!
    i would definitely make a few and hang them in my dorm room as a wall piece.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Another method is to use most any photo editing program and click on "edit" then "text" and text can be added in any color or font right onto the photo. Any font except handwritten. Your method looks fun to do though... and might be a good method for those who just cant get the hang of photo editing. here is an image of a leafy-seahorse i added text to using photo editing software.


    8 years ago on Step 3

    is that book you are using a specific brand/make ?? cuz it looks very nice ? ?

    2 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    it's a medium sized hardcover piccadilly sketchbook which you can find at borders in the US

    it is very similar to the large moleskine sketchbook


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    definitely - using a printer is probably easier and quicker - using a sharpie and stick on letters gives it a crafty feel.

    Another way to do this while using the same transparency is to write on it with an expo marker and take pictures.
    5* :D