Turn Your Bad Shots into Art


Disappointed with an abundance of rubbish prints of shots that went wrong? Building up a shelf full of photographic embarrassment? Never fear, here’s a way to make use of those sad photos.

As a poor unemployed artist with an expensive analogue photo habit, every bad shot reminds me of the neat little hole it’s making in my wallet, and simultaneously I yearn for delicious boards and canvases to butter with acrylics to my heart’s desire. So what better way to get rid of those displeasing prints than to turn them into something I can be proud of?

All you’ll need are some correction fluid and a pen or two (markers are best for the glossy photo paper). Simply dump some correction fluid on your photo and tip your photo or use the correction fluid’s brush to form a pleasing shape. Then just leave it to dry. Sometimes this step alone is enough to transform your photo into something lovely.

Once it’s dry, just draw something else on top! You could also incorporate collage (handy for when a section of a photo turned out great), or anything you like. Let your artistic side loose, and don’t despair at bad photos anymore. Every one is an opportunity.


written by ashdinosaur on 2011-07-11 #gear #tutorials #art #tipster #drawing #lomography #recycling #blobs #crafty #bad-photos


  1. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    I can't draw :( lol

  2. ashdinosaur
    ashdinosaur ·

    Nonsense! If you can hold a pencil, you can draw.

  3. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    Your faces are amazing!

  4. ashdinosaur
    ashdinosaur ·

    Thanks! :O)

  5. chabankuh
    chabankuh ·

    What a fantastic idea. This will help me deal with the bad photos from my first days of analog photography.

  6. lisabegusch
    lisabegusch ·

    Great advice! Will do...I have some some building up myself! :P

  7. lostlittlekid
    lostlittlekid ·

    Very very cool pictures! Excellent work! "Nonsense! If you can hold a pencil, you can draw." - Love that too ;) @ashdinosaur

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