Okay, this may be the easiest, possibly cheapest, and coolest Thrifty Gifty yet! Go to vintageprintable and choose from a bazillion, you guessed it, vintage prints. Print one out in black and white; put the print setting on Standard or maybe even Fast, rather than High. You just need a light printout.
Now, get out some water colors. Your kids’ Crayolas would work fine. However, I also had a box of 30 yr old watercolors (seriously, they were my sister’s and she scratched 1979 on the case), and I don’t know what brand they were, but Crayola really is kid stuff in comparison. Prang also makes nice quality pan water colors that are reasonable.
Using the color picture on the website as a guide, paint the image. I chose the ever-popular eggs. The black and white print will provide most of the shading and whatnot for you.
Pay close attention to the subtleties of color in the original. At first glance, all the eggs looked gray, blue, or green. A closer look revealed some reds, yellow, purples, etc.
Here’s the original...
…and here’s my rendition.
Put it in a thrift store frame, and shazam! Impressive! (We’re reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and I had to get a shazam! in there.)
I paid about .75 for the frame and mat several months ago. I originally printed it out 8x10 and was just going to put it in the frame as is, because I forgot I had the mat. I like it much better this way.
If you can’t find a suitable frame at the thrift store (remember, you can always spray paint it and the mat), you could try Dollar Tree. I’m pretty sure they even have mats. Even if you went that route, you could still do a set of 2 or 3 for $4-$6.
I just used printer paper, and it’s okay, but a heavier paper made for water colors would be best.
Sure, you could just print it out in color, but I think hand-tinting takes it up a notch.
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