DIY With Bookhou: Poster DIY Project

this is a quick project that you can do to create a poster image size painting from a small image. I decided to do a portrait, but this will work for any image.

what you need:
-a photograph (preferably on 8.5 x 11 in. size paper)
-large piece of paper (bristol board) 20 x 24 in. and up
-black ink (or paint)

step 1
I decided to use my daughter's photo - I chose this photo because of her expression. In Photoshop I took the colour photo and turned it to a black and white image - in the Photoshop program you go to filter - artistic - cut out. This will give you the image that I got from my photo. If you don't have Photoshop you can use a free onine photo editor like or one could find a stock image on the internet.

step 2
take the image print out and draw a grid on the photo using the pencil and ruler.

step 3
do the same on the large piece of paper (to figure out what size square grid to put on the large image I divided 8 into 20 and got 2.5 - by doing this I was able to maximize my paper usage - if you don't do this you might have left over squares - which you could easily trip off) - try not to make your pencil lines too dark or else when you erase them they will still be noticeable.

step 4
start drawing!
the grid is a method used to enlarge images
follow each grid on the photo and how it corresponds to the larger sheet - it's good to look at each image in the grid squares as shapes and not think too much of the whole picture - if it helps for the more complicated shapes like the eyes you can divide the square to smaller ones - this will help you with more exact drawing.

step 5
continue throughout the drawing till the entire image is complete.

step 6
finished drawing

step 7
take the black ink and proceed to fill in the drawing - you can also use paint.

last step
take the eraser and erase all the pencil lines on the poster.

give it a try and enjoy!

Jan Halvarson


Kom Achterom said...

beautiful idea!!! so nice!!
love it! thanks for the recepie
wishing you a happy weekend

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What a fun turned out great too!!

tschoerda said...

this is just lovely!

OneCraftyFox said...

Your little peanut is adorable... that expression is priceless!!

These photos are fantastic too, luv the top one where she is staring at herself :) This is a great project, maybe one day I will try it (although I would likely use carbon tracing paper, lol).

MagicMarkingsArt said...

I have my students use the grid quite frequently - even those who think they can't draw are amazed by their finished piece of art when using this system. in picnik - your image can be transformed with the posterize tool under effects. love your b/w image of your daughter!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

Love it, love it, love it!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

This is going into my "future projects" file!

Pinecone Camp said...

I'm definitely going to give this one a whirl. Great project! I LOVE her face - non-plussed (sp?).

our little love nest said...

Ooooh I love it!! So wanting to try this one out!

Margie Oomen said...

love the project and piper is just so adorable

Frau Sonntag said...

thanks for sharing! That's going to be one of my sunday projects in the future...

Diana said...

You made this look pretty easy, but there's no way in a million years I could pull this off.

Yours looks beautiful!

Kimberly said...

Lovely! Brings me back to highschool painting! :) Loved it.

shopgirl said...

totally cool post! i'm going to have to try this technique one day. Thanks so much for sharing the ideas and tips in this post.

Rambles with Reese

barbara@sparrowavenue said...

I love this project, Arounna.
The grid system for enlargements has always been a good low-tech method.

domestic candy said...

very nice idea!!! there are some white walls in our rooms :) thank you!

Carrie said...

Love this idea!!

ModFruGal said...

How many levels did you use in Photoshop? Mine has too many grey tones...

alexandra said...

ModFruGal--I was having the same issue. Try polarizing it first, then doing the cutout. Seemed to do the trick for me :)

Anonymous said...

thank you so much for the inspiration!! here's what I made for my daughter:

Jenny said...

Hi There I found success with 1) make image black and white 2) Filter>artistic>cutout - 2 levels 3) Image>adjustment>posterize - 2 levels

Soni said...

thanx for the great tutorial here's how mine came out

Bella Mirisch said...

many thanks for this tutorial! I read this yesterday & decided to do it hehe tough mine looks weird :D
here's mine : i have large bowie on my wall now XD

Journey's End (at the Beach) said...

Thank you for sharing! Wonderful picture of your cute daughter! Can't wait to try it.

Stacia, Paper Swallow Events said...

This is such a fun post and great tutorial! I just thought I would let you know that I featured this tutorial in my poster art inspiration blog post today. Thanks for sharing!