Wednesday, August 13, 2008

~~cheap art~~ inspired by the Guru

I'm sure that most of you have had the pleasure of visiting Gollum's blog...if not....WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? YA LIVIN IN A CAVE???


She has the most creative and unique ideas and has inspired multitudes. One of the beautiful things she does on her blog is to "adjust" photos into little works of art. I was so inspired by this digital trickery that I decided to put it to use. I took photos that I had previously posted on RMS, and "gollumized" them.
























Then I e-mail the newly renovated photos over to CVS pharmacy. They promptly printed out beautiful 8x10's at the minimal cost of about $1.49 each. I then purchased some yummy frames from Linens & things.....and VOILA' wall art CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP. I hung them up in my foyer. They give visitors a glimpse into some parts of the house they normally wouldn't see....unless of course they're peeking through my windows late at night...eeek I just scared myself....Here's how they look all proudly hung up.

So thank you Gollum for the inspiration....my once bare, boring wall loves you...and so does my wallet.

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nikki, what a great idea. Early on Gollum explained how to do that but I have forgotten the instructions. I'll have to go read backwards on her blog to see if I can find them. Love how your photos turned out. I've alway heard that one's entryway should be the preamble of what is to come in the rest of your home. Your's definitely does that! I'm really enjoying your blog!
Carol/cedwards55

Cathy said...

Nikki....Sooooo... who's the computer genius? That is a Wonderful, idea! I tryed Gullomising a few of my picture the first time I visited her blog. But you took that step way further....all I can say is wow.

Cathy

MoonlightandMagnolias said...

Hi Nikki...Love your "gollumized" pics! What program did you use? I believe Gollum mentioned in one of her blogs that she uses Adobe photoshop. Love the way they look in your entry! Susan

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

How wonderful! How did you do that?
Penny

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

What a fantastic idea! You have a beautiful home and the pictures of your rooms are so pretty! They were among my favorites on RMS.

I have also taken tricks I've learned online to turn ordinary pics into something special. I took a photo of my flower garden in spring and used Flickr toys to make a magazine cover out of it, then saved the pic to my memory card, took at to Walmart and had it made into an 8x10. It looked great! Now I am just trying to find the perfect frame for it.

Again, I just love your idea!

Kady

The Berry's Patch said...

Hello there,

I just want to come out of hiding and tell you how much I love this idea! Your home is so beautiful!

Brandee :-)

Joy said...

Oh No! I've been living in a cave and I didn't even realize it. I'm going to have to come out and visit. Thanks for updating me.
I really do like your new, unique art work.

ko said...

that is so totally cool! :) I love all of your pictures! :) I love your bedroom! Ia m about to start mine....and well VANILLA it will be for me!! :)
kyley

Brown-Eyes said...

What a clever idea! And I must say the photos of your gorgeous home are certainly worthy of being portrayed as art. :-) Brown-Eyes

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Nikki your artwork looks beautiful. I've been thinking about trying this for notecards.

Mary said...

Yes! I love creative and inexpensive art. And your house is BEAUTIFUL!!! After a few more posts like this one, we are all going to come and stare in your windows at night! LOL
xoxo,
Mary

Picket said...

Wow Nikki great idea..I love that...now just tell me how to make my pics look like that!? lol What site do you go to to play with the pictures that way!

Picket said...

Thank you...thank you...thank you!!! Have a great day girl!!!!

onlymehere said...

I'd love to know how to do this bz I want a picture of the outside of my house to hang on my wall. Would you mind sharing how to do it? We built our dream home 13 years ago and will probably be selling in about three years so it would be fun to have. You are so dang creative!

Naz said...

That's such a great idea. I love it!!

a day in the life of bella said...

That's really pretty! I had seen this on RMS, I bet it was her blog that they were referring to...in fact, the inspiration for my master bedroom was gollumnized...lol...I think it is called A Spa Retreat or something like that...it is aqua with black iron furniture, so pretty.

Thanks for the idea, this is really cool...and a nice keepsake for when you redecorate the room, too!

Bella :)

bj said...

WELL...THIS IS TOOO KOOL FOR SCHOOL, NIKKI, GIRL..
I just love it !
Now, pls. do a post and tell us HOW TO DO OUR PHOTOS like that!!
Have a happy day...
bj

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I've been by her blog a few times & remember that trick. It makes your rooms look really amazing..yes, tell us how to do it! I love the way you've framed them, works of art. You have a gorgeous house, Nikki! So glad you are blogging now.

Rhoda

Marie said...

I'm totally in a cave. I've never seen that done to a picture before. I love what you did with your photos. And that entry way? Holy moly. So pretty!!

Rue said...

Good morning Nikki :)

Congratulations on your award!

Those pictures turned out amazing! Gollum is definitely an inspiration and you took it to another level :)

hugs,
rue

Chrissy said...

O.k. now we're even, cause I just found your blog!!!! I too am glad I did, going to go browse through it now, talk to you soon, Chrissy (SEACLIFF)

Mary Kay said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing it!

ceekay said...

Hi, I looked on Gollum's site and I must have missed it...how did you do those photos? I love that and always like that picture on your header.

Anonymous said...

Oh please teach us how to do them. I am so glad you posted about them, they look terrific in your foyer :)

Kathy :)

Laura said...

What a great idea! I just love it!

Laura :)

aj said...

Ok, I have been in a cave! I'm going to have to check out her blog. I must know how to do this. I would love to have a picture of the outside of our house!!! As always, your home is gorgeous:):) Love that iron work in your doorway!

Michael said...

It looks beautiful and I love how it's a personal touch!

imjacobsmom said...

What more can I say......your pics turned out awesome! Im off to do my own -thanks for the inspiration! ~ Robyn

Picket said...

NIkki!!!! I did it ...I did it!!!! I tried what you said and it worked!!!!! Oh happy day...I did it...I know...I must be the only one on the planet that is so computer ignorant...but girl you just don't know how happy I am that told me how to do this and even happier that I did it and it worked!!! lol lol Girl if I lived close by I'd cook you a big ol Southern supper w/ dessert! A million thanks girl!

Tracey said...

I'm fixin' to come out of my cave and check out that blog!
Love the pictures, it's a great idea...but I want pictures of your beautiful house not mine!! haha

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Nikki, What a great idea. I may have to steal this idea!! You're brilliant!!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Thanks Nikki for visiting me and giving me the easy instructions! That is sooo cool.
Penny

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I have been living under a rock..rofl...I have never been to Gollums? Will have to check it out. Love your art and I have old porch brackets similiar to yours in my entry as well. Yours are prettier though! Smiles, cherry

Gollum said...

Nikki, reading this made my day! I love what you did with the art. What a great idea to give a peek into other parts of the house. I have been madly wanting to Gollumize the dogs' pictures. lol I remember on the Ozzie Ozborne show, they had dog portraits going up the staircase--that's SO GOLLUM.

All this time I have been Photoshopping. Well, I opened a Photobucket account and lo and behond, they have software that gollumizes--sketches and fresco. And it's FREE.

Teal Chic said...

Not only do you have a GORGEOUS blog, but you have Rascal Flatts "My Wish" playing in the background.....PERFECT! :)

French said...

What a great idea!!! YOur so darned clever;) French

Kimba said...

the link to Gollum! Apparantly I HAVE been living under a rock. ;-)

Your photo's turned out beautifully. I loved the photo in your header and was wondering how you did it. Now I know! Thanks.

And about the cattails...I get the "don't even thing about it" look from my husband all the time. I can't even imagine his reaction if he's seen me clomping through the mud on the side of the road to cut them down. :-)

Kimba said...

The beginning of my comment was supposed to read:

Thanks for the link to Gollum!

I wonder where the rest of my words went? The blogging trolls must have taken them. ;-)

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

So glad I wasn't the only one that you had to drag out of the cave, but did you have to tell us that all those pics came from your house. I am now totally coveting and I don't think I am supposed to do that...hee hee.

Sweetie said...

Your home is gorgeous. There is so much attention to detail. I especially loved your inexpensive wall art. It added the perfect accent.

Sweetie

Donna said...

Nikki, that was a brilliant idea.. the pics look terrific on your wall. I am working on a similar project. I cant wait to finish!:)

I added you to my bloglist!

Donna
deembee

Kathy said...

Hey Nikki, I love your photo's and they look beautiful right there in your foyer, what a neat idea. I am not living in a cave as I have loved Gollumised photos for ever haha. My son had to show me how it was done and I have all my pics Gollumised but have not got round to actually framing and hanging them, I will do now you have inspired me to go get it done.it looks so awesome. Congrats on your award, so derserving. Kathy

Kathy said...

ops deserving!.

Bridget said...

Nikki, You pictures are wonderful. I'm going to have to work on doing some of my house (in between blogging! LOL)

aj said...

Nikki,
Thanks for the instructions. I've been playing around a little trying to get one I really like:) Didn't realize there were so many cool things to try!

Penny said...

Hi Nikki, thank you so much for the well wishes for my mom. She's doing so much better. Hey, I LOVE your idea about framing pics of rooms of your home. Seriously, I don't just love it, I REALLY LOVE IT.
Hugs,
Penny

Blissful Nikki said...

Nikki!! Oh my gosh, I am so glad I found your blog! I have totally "stocked" you on RMS forever! I love all of your spaces!! :) Ok, that sounded really creepy!!

But I am really glad I found your blog! I totally died over your red, black, and white room when I saw it for the first time.

And your kitchen is out of this world! :)
(Oh, not to mention, we both rock the name Nikki! hehe)

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debbiejune said...

What a find! Not only did I run across your wonderful blog this morning but also got connected to designbygollum..please, oh please tell me how to do that amazing art.
You have taken it to another level.
I went back and searched her blog but missed the instructions some in my wonderful blog reading. You two have such great ideas. I have become an addicted blogwatcher.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love that idea and what you did with it. Fabulous. ~ Lynn....Oh...nice to meet you. :)

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Your home is lovely and these photos turned out great!

Southern Lady said...

Nikki, you are amazing! How wonderful to be so multi-talented and creative.

Your artwork is absolutely beautiful in your foyer (but then, it would be pretty without anything in it). I love the iron grillwork framing the opening, too.

I enjoyed your "Beautiful Ugly" post too. You have a wonderful way with words.

Sincerely,

Janie

Beth Ann said...

Will you blog about how to Gollum-ize photos? Those are fantastic!!!

Carolynn said...

I'm adding my voice to all the others to say how great the gollum-ized photos look. I too want to know how to do that.

BTW, thanks for visiting my blog.
Carolynn

Jessica said...

Oh yes, I do love the fresco effect...I'm going to e-mail Walgreens today with the one from my patio. :)

 

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