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Make Something New with Your Failed Polaroids!

Who doesn’t know the mad feeling one gets when a Polaroid turns out different than expected? It’s really not necessary. Simply go get some paper, scissors, and glue and make some new and refreshing art out of it.

Again, I was unfortunate that my PX70 was suffering from some chemical problem, which made me quite sad. Since I did not buy the film directly at the Impossible Project, I was not able to return it and get my money back or any refund like that – they are very customer friendly. Anyway, that’s a different story. I was going to tell you what you can do with failed pictures.

Photo by pearlgirl77

The picture you see is made out of the following:

In the PX70 you can replace the background like some old films and where the chemistry is missing, there is only a transparent foil.

Still, nice stuff can be made also on the PC with an editing program. Here, I just worked with several levels, which were cut away at the upper levels of the area without chemicals.

Photo by pearlgirl77

But now, to tinker with the failed polaroids:

  • Polaroids
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scotch tape
  • colored paper
  • Acrylic paint + brush
  • CD-writer

In the next version, I used a yellow paper, Image and I-Zone pictures. With the image and I-zone photos can be also solved the top film from the lower layer.

Here, I have cut an image picture and painted acrylic paint on the brown unprocessed layer, or directly inside the upper transparent overhead. I have completely separated the second picture from the Polaroid and pushed into the other painted image. In the end, I closed the Polaroid with tape and scribbled on top of it with a CD marker.

Then, I tried the whole thing with Fuji instant Wide Pictures, which one must cut off the undeveloped spot with the scissors. Cutting dissolves the backdrop of what looks very interesting. So, the three images were one again — one of my favorites of the whole action. It’s perfectly safe if adhesive foil instead of scotch tape is used for the whole thing.

I had a couple of faded Polaroids, and because they were so old, the chemicals were completely dried out. I simply filled it with acrylic paint and a little bit of confetti.

So here are the results summarized in a gallery:

Have fun at tinkering and show your results here!

written by pearlgirl77 and translated by pearlgirl77


  1. pearlgirl77


    i hope you understand my bad english.. for questions send me a message :)

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  2. laurasulilly


    Very cool! I wish I had kept my failed Polaroids (of which there were many)...

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  3. pearlgirl77


    @laurasulilly .. ohhh no.. from now you have to pick up all your polaroids !!! ;) i have a big box with failed polaroids :( thank you

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  4. dearjme


    WOOOOW So nice :)

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  5. dearjme


    WOOOOW So nice :)

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  6. mafiosa


    Fantastic art work!

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  7. original_j2


    Very creative! Great work!

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  8. stouf


    Beautiful !

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  9. pearlgirl77


    @dearjme, @mafiosa, @original_j2 & @stouf thank youuuu :D

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  10. lighthouseblues


    Great article, thanks a lot!! I have not yet had one polaroid pict that I am satisfied with, so I too have a lot to experiment with! ;-)
    Btw, do you know how to avoid those brown areas on the top of the picts?

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  11. pearlgirl77


    @lighthouseblues hey thank you.. the brown areas... you can clean the rolls in the polaroid to make it better. but more older the films you can't do anything to avoid the brown areas. the problem is the dried chemicals... greetings and much fun with the experiments `:)

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  12. lighthouseblues


    @pearlgirl77 Thank you!! But my film is new, it is from Impossible, so it should not be dried chemicals? I heard someone say that it is important to kind of bend the newly exposed pict for making it easier for the chemicals to "reach" the surface of the pict, but that does not work either...
    Sometimes I get the ugly brown areas and sometimes not, and I for sure do not know the difference in my handling..... Is that anything you have heard of?

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  13. pearlgirl77


    @lighthouseblues my was new too from impossible... you should buy it and use it directly... :(( when you bought it direct by impossible you get a new one. contact them !! it`s hard to handle... i know... but try to clean the rolls. or another camera. with another one i have not so much brown areas. greetings.. hope you understand my english *G*

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  14. freddiefaith


    I love love love this! This you!

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