Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY: Repetitive Photo Play

 Who knew that orange & purple carrots harvested from my container garden in the backyard could look so stinkin' cool? (The girls & I started those from seed & we can't stop thinking how magical we are that we MADE food!)
I took a picture of  my happy little root veggies & then cropped it square. The more I stared at this picture... 

 ...the more I thought it would be interesting in some sort of  pattern.
I simply used the PicMonkey photo editor to create that funky collage.

You see, I don't have any experience with PhotoShop or any elaborate photo editing programs. I am all about "simple to use" & "easy to understand".

When you hear the word "repetitive", you might think "boring", or "monotonous". But that's not what happened when I added the same photo 25 times in a collage. A simple rotation left or right, & the foodie masterpiece was complete.

I'll show you how to make your own collage, but first here are more food photos I snapped along with their collage creations...

I used what I had in my pantry & fridge. Even leftover pizza! And I realized two things: 
1. I definitely need to do some grocery shopping. 
2. I can't believe how many shapes of pretzels are in my cupboards. Gah!

Here's the quick how-to if you want to make your own collage...
(If necessary, click on each picture for a larger view.)

1. Go to picmonkey.com & choose the Collage option.

2. Click the Layouts symbol. And then choose Square Deal. 

3. In the Square Deal tab, choose the layout with 25 squares.

4. Now click Auto Fill to fill each square. Click it 25 times.

5. Hover over whichever image you want to rotate. You'll see an Edit button appear. Click on that.

6. An Edit Imaging box will pop up. From here, you can rotate left, rotate right, or even flip your image left or right. Continue clicking on the images you want to rotate &/or flip.

7. Click the Background symbol – it looks like a paint palette. You can adjust the spacing between the pictures. Set it to "zero" if you don't want any space between the pictures, as shown in this photo. In some instances I like the look of a thin white line. (You can change the color of the lines too.)

Some of the images remind me of quilts. Some of them have a kaleidoscope-ish flavor. 

Anyway, if you make your own collages, please feel free to share by leaving a link in the comments.

Ah, sweet repetition...


  1. See? Even leftovers are exciting at your house?! You know how to make anything fun!

    1. It was quite a silly scene: as the kids were in the living room playing video games with friends, I was in the kitchen, standing in a chair, hovering over the counter with my camera, & snapping photos of neatly placed food.

  2. I love them, especially both pretzel ones! They make me think you should know about Spoonflower if you don't already: http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome

    1. Thanks, Rebecca! The cool thing about this kind of artwork is that you can eat it, too. haha!
      Yes, I know of Spoonflower. I love seeing people's awesome creations. Fun stuff!

  3. This is really cool! They almost look like quilts.


  4. I love the carrots collage! I would put that on my wall!

    1. Oh my gosh---& the carrots were so delicious too!
      Wouldn't these be fun in a kitchen?!

  5. So wonderful....I use PicMonkey all the time ... yes, because it's easy to use. Love this collage effect. I will have to have a go soon. We pulled our first carrot yesterday it 's tiny but we grew it .... a wonderful feeling.

    1. I seriously LOVE PicMonkey. That's how I edit my photos, too.
      We're BOTH magical carrot makers! YAY!! ;)

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    1. Thanks! I'm excited one of these afternoons to get the girls involved & see what they come up with.


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