Do you have three pictures in your “My Pictures Folder” that you really like, and are similar to one another in some way, that can be placed in sequence? For instance, maybe you have three pictures of a walk along a beach that ends in a sunset. Maybe you have three pictures of a baby that shows his or hers transition from crying to happy. Or do you have three pictures you admire from a magazine or a scrap book that are complimentary in color, flow, and design? If you don’t have any of the above, just find three pictures you like for this project.
This is a challenging but fun project that requires you to reverse an image on the back of another image. The same technique can be found on some outdoor and mobile advertising, which use rotating image strips to change ads. I don’t recommend this project for young children because of sharp objects.
You will need the following items:
• X-ACTO Knife
• Metal Edged Ruler with Inches and Centimeters
• Poster Board
• 3/16 Black Foam-board or Foamcore
• Three 8″x10″ Pictures of Your Choice.
• Rubber Cement
First, make sure all your images are the same size. Preferably size your image to 8″x10″ inches vertical. You might need to clip them to the same size if you are working with magazine clippings, or adjust them to size if you intend to print them from your digital album.
Second, decide the order of your three pictures if they were placed in a slide show, beginning, middle, and end.
Third, cut out two pieces of matte poster board that are equal to the size of your pictures. For instance since your pictures are 8×10 make sure the two pieces of board are 8×10.
Fourth, paste your middle image the first piece of 8″x10″ poster board, by brushing on a thin layer of rubber cement evenly to each edge. Make sure the poster board and image are lined up and flush on all sides. Place the pasted image aside to dry, because we’re done with it for now. The poster board will help firm-up your image so it will be stiffer.
Fifth,paste your beginning image on the second piece of 8″x10″ poster board using the same method, and let your rubber cement dry until the image is unmovable.
Sixth, cut one 3/16 thick piece of foam-board or foamcore to the same size as your 8″x10″pictures. If your pictures are 8″x10″, cut an 8×10 piece of foam-board. The foam-board should be preferably black so that the colors in your images will stand out against it.
Seventh,cut all your pictures including your end image which is not pasted onto poster-board into 10 equal strips. Cut each strip vertically top to bottom through your pictures. If your picture is 8″x10″ vertical, you would divide 8 by 10, which is 4/5 of an inch. So each 4/5 of an inch you would cut vertically. You should use a ruler with a metal edge to cut through your pictures with an x-acto knife. Also it’s best to use a pencil to mark where you need to cut at the top and bottom of your images with a small dot so you’ll know where to line up your ruler. Make sure not to mix all the strips together, keep them separate by first,middle, and end image.
Ninth,carefully using an x-acto knife, cut the piece of foam-board that is the size of your pictures into 10 equal strips, just as you did to your pictures. All the strips including your pictures should be cut into 4/5″x10″ strips.
Tenth, paste the 10 strips from middle picture to the foam board strips using a thin even coat of rubber cement, and let them all dry.
Eleventh, cut a piece of foam-board 9″ inches and 9 centimeters wide and 11″ inches in height. This piece will serve as a base for the project.
Twelfth, using a pencil and a ruler, draw lightly a centered square on the ‘base’ foam-board that is 8″ inches 9 centimeters wide and 10″ inches high. Basically draw a square that is 9 centimeters wider than your original images in the center of your base.
Thirteenth, paste your middle picture strips inside the square drawn on your base using rubber cement. They should each be pasted a centimeter apart, so there are a total of nine gaps. Let them dry.
Fourteenth, lay your first picture strips out face up so you can see the full picture they form. Then from left to right flip them over so that their poster board sides are facing up. Discard the last strip on the right. You won’t be able to use it in the project. You should only have nine strips.
Fifteenth,from left to right, paste with a thin layer of rubber cement, your end image strips on the back of the first image strips. Discard the last end image strip. Now you should have 9 strips laid out that are displaying your end image.
Sixteenth, starting with the left most strip of your end image, lift up the strip and place it in the left-most gap between your middle picture. Repeat from left to right for each strip. Make sure the first image is facing left as you insert each strip.
You’re done. Now you can turn your project from side to side to see all three of your images. You can add additional framing or decorations to make the artwork suit your taste. I added some extra borders using foam-board in the images below.