I have been planning an engagement session for a lovely couple that contacted me for portraits. I don't know much about Jeff and Ilea, but I do know that she studied radio production and was a DJ while doing so. I wanted to make something super special for the couple to use as props in their engagement photos. Here's what I came up with! ... And I'll tell you how I did it!
I brainstormed radio/DJ related gear for a moment, and wanting to add a bit of vintage nostalgia, my brain landed on vinyl records! Taking the project a bit farther, I added some custom touches with a few simple craft supplies.
STEP 1: Gather supplies.
>> I purchased vinyl records from my local ARC Thrift Store.I bought less popular titles because they are less collectable and less in price. It was around $3 for all 5 records.
>> At the local craft store, I picked up the largest white bold point oil-based paint marker I could find.
>> I had plenty of paint at my home to select from, but you can also pick up acrylic paint at your local craft store in the colors you desire. OR- if you like the titles of the records you picked out, you could choose to not paint over your labels. In this case, the record titles were distracting.
STEP 2: Paint the labels.
>> Use acrylic paint to paint the paper labels your desired color. Mix acrylic colors to achieve the desired color. Excess paint around the label wipes off cleanly and easily with a Q-tip.
>> Or if you like the labels, leave them.
STEP 3: Write on your vinyl.
>> I wrote on both sides of my records to maximize the number of fun things we can include in our portrait session. I wrote some serious things, and then got a little silly to spice it up a bit.
>> I found it fun to write one thing on a larger record, and then use a smaller record for the next piece of the same saying. It really adds some nice variety to a photo. I created 2 discs specifically for each to hold- i.e.: Ilea will hold the record out that says, "I <3 Jeff"! Get creative!
>> NOTE: The paint marker does NOT like to come back off of the vinyl, so write carefully. And keep in mind that the grooves in the vinyl are a little hard to write on. It's a good idea to practice what you want to write on a piece of paper first so you know how to shape your letters. If you don't have an idea of how to shape your letters, look up some free fonts online to get an idea of what you like.
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