Scratch It when It's Crap!


You’ve got pictures that you sorted out, but you don’t have the heart to throw them away? Then here comes a dead right tipster for you!

On almost every film you can find pictures you don’t like that much or that simply weren’t sucessful. But giving them in the trash is still hard.
Accidently some pictures had scratches on the surface and I got the idea to be a little creative. So I added some further scratch drawings with the cutter knife.
I liked my first attempt. Now the supposed to be lost pictures could get a new sense and clarity.

There are millions of possibilities of what to do with them now.
Take care that you use a solid underlay that can be damaged while scratching and that you don’t scratch too deep otherwise your picture will fall into pieces.
Now your creativity has no limits: frame them, use them for invitations or give them away as cards for your friends. Leave little messages throughout your city and express what you feel!

Have a lot of fun and express yourself!

written by mrosy on 2011-03-05 #gear #tutorials #message #tipster #scratch #decoration #modification #recycling #handicraft #out-sorted-pictures #aussortierte-bilder #zerkratzen #top-tipster-techniques
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  1. j_rad
    j_rad ·

    This is a pretty simple concept, but it's pretty clever. By adding text or illustration, you can give your images kind of a graphic design quality!

  2. lomoloque
    lomoloque ·

    this article is very nice....and i want to know how do you do the scratch on the picture....btw nice picture

  3. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Simple but creative indeed! Do you scratch on the printed shot or directly on the negative?

  4. damaris
    damaris ·

    I like it!!

  5. damaris
    damaris ·

    I like it!!

  6. mrosy
    mrosy ·

    @ lomoloque: I took a cutter knife. But you can use any other sharp object that is good to handle.
    @ vicuna: I only scratch on the prints. Because I have no negative scanner by now, I get all films in printed pictures that I scan afterwards. There are often some that came out not so successful, and than the idea to scratch on them came to me.

  7. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    lol@ number 4!!! I should do this...I have TONS of shoeboxes full of old duplicates that I never did anything with.

  8. sthomas68
    sthomas68 ·

    BTW a stop motion video with pictures like this would be COOL!

  9. pepper-b
    pepper-b ·

    Very creative! Love the idea!

  10. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    So cute!

  11. whatkatiedid89
    whatkatiedid89 ·

    i am still struggling with managing to take decent photos on my diana f+

    this is the perfect solution! :) love this idea!

  12. clogged
    clogged ·


    @sthomas68 Oh, man. I am stealing that idea.

  13. warrilow-tong
    warrilow-tong ·

    lovee the monsters hiding by the mirror!

  14. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    LOVE this! Going to try. =]

  15. monkeydance
    monkeydance ·

    wow, I never would''ve thought of this!
    Thanks ;D

  16. woosang
    woosang ·

    Lol Fun idea

  17. woosang
    woosang ·

    Lol Fun idea

  18. nick_a_tron
    nick_a_tron ·

    Try a Q-tip with bleach = awesome!

  19. daihowell
    daihowell ·

    Such a fantastic idea and great fun too

  20. mythguy9
    mythguy9 ·

    While I was wondering how to draw with a pencil on a photo's glossy surface, you gave me the answer. Forget about pencil, KNIFE it.

  21. iamtheju
    iamtheju ·

    love the idea, very creative. I have friends far better at drawing than me, so this might be an opportunity for some collaboration!

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