my girlfriend's son may not know it yet, but I think he may have a knack for the whole artist thing.
Check out the abstract drawing that appeared in a thank you note from the birthday gift we sent him (he turned 2!);
Does it look like a bird to you?? His mom and I thought so too. That's what got my idea going... I immediately knew that with just a few tiny tweaks and a color switcheroo, the little man could look like a semi-pro!
All I did was scan the card into my computer, and opened it up in Paint. There I cropped it down to just the bird-ish drawing and erased two small lines from the original that were distracting from the real flavor of the piece (see how technical I'm getting? haha).
Then I saved it and opened it up in PowerPoint. There may be an easier way to do this, but this is the "blue collar" version of making artwork since I don't own Photoshop :). After I opened it up in PowerPoint, I simply changed the photo to black and white. I had tried to do this step in Paint, but it got a little grainy/distorted when I saved it. Not so in PowerPoint. Then I actually printed it onto cardstock from the PowerPoint program, because I was able to resize it to the size more easily there than in Paint for what I needed for my frame.
Ta da! It looks like a neato abstract charcoal bird drawing to me!
What do you think? Is he a little picasso or what? Are your kiddo's doing any artwork that deserves to be matted and framed like this one?