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Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Browsing through thrift shops can lead to some interesting finds, including unique and even unusual pictures and artwork.

Several clever artists are revamping old finds into new treasures by adding their own touch. Though some may consider this as ruining the paintings and other pieces, others feel that reusing unwanted materials is one way to cut down on excess.

An abundance of resources waiting to be found probably makes thrift store shopping fun with the following creative individuals, whose work has been popping up all over the blogosphere. By taking paintings of scenes like landscapes, water areas and nature scenes, the following 2 artists use paints and work with the existing textures to add in unexpected creatures and objects.

Chris McMahon, an artist with an apparent penchant for fairly nonthreatening monsters, likes to purchase pictures from thrift outlets and revamp them with his signature creatures. His paintings and drawings are definitely imaginative.

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Chris McMahon from chr15t0ph3l35.deviantart.com

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Chris McMahon from chr15t0ph3l35.deviantart.com

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Chris McMahon from chr15t0ph3l35.deviantart.com

Another inventive upcycler is Thyrza Segal, whose collection of thrift store art contains several visual marvels. Using old portraits, pictures and postcards, she paints special effects onto the prints. The added in odd features completely alter the look of the original.

For example, check out this before and after:

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Thyrza Segal from etsy.com/shop/thyrza

Here are other works from Segal that display some whimsical additions.

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Thyrza Segal from etsy.com/shop/thyrza

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Thyrza Segal from etsy.com/shop/thyrza

Upcycling Thrift Shop Pictures

Image source: Thyrza Segal from etsy.com/shop/thyrza

Definitely neat to look at, these quirky upcycled crafts are an interesting way to reuse.

Want to change up your own old find?

If you are not confident enough to paint in items and are worried about messing up a picture, this project uses paint, stickers or stencils to reuse an old canvas. Also, purchasing discounted framed artwork at thrift stores or garage sales and reusing the frames is a frugal trick. Picture frames are expensive and often vintage finds are better made than low quality plastic ones.

Adding a little creativity and imagination not only makes old items look differently and last longer, but it can also liven up a mood.

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