Photo Gems are decoupaged photographic artworks that are sealed to last you for years of enjoyment on your wall. I start with sanded wood blanks of various types and then pencil out a border. I put blue tape inside the border and then create a textured border with acrylics. Each time I start a new border I vary the color slightly so no two pieces are the same. Then I drybrush the texturing with white acrylic to give a stony appearance. Then either a colored, stained, white or metallic field is added inside the border, this time blue taping off the border to protect it. Then a photo is printed out from my Canon Prograf printer using Lucia archival pigment-based inks on Canon Pro Luster paper. The paper is sealed to the wood using a base coat of Mod Podge, which is squeegeed out, then a top coat, brushing carefully. I have developed a technique to avoid bubbling of the top coat. Then I add a second coat of Mod Podge and let it cure. That is followed by a thick layer of Krylon Triple-Thick Acrylic spray to give a long-lasting protective coating that finishes the Gem. Hanging hardware is attached to the back and then I sign each piece and title it.

All Hat No Cattle 2.JPG
Around The Bend 2.JPG
Awosting Falls 2.JPG
Barn In Summer 2.JPG
Barrel Cactus 2.JPG
Buttermilk Falls 2.JPG
Ducky Morning 2.JPG