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.