Greetings from California quarantine! Things are starting to slowly open up here in Los Angeles, but most people are still staying inside. So, with more time on our hands, now is the time to try the projects we never seem to have the time for.
Here are my top five creative instant film projects to do in quarantine!:
1. Frame Your Instant Photos!
One of my first and favorite go-to projects when I have extra time on my hands, is framing.
Framing your favorite memories, images and recent projects are also a great way to inject some happiness and positivity into your quarantine space. Whatever is on your walls, you are going to be looking at a lot!
When it comes to framing your instant photos, Coastal Frames UK is a quality business that provides handmade frames, delivered straight to your door. As if it couldn't be more "quarantine perfect"... you can customize your frames. Options are endless!
2. Polaroid Experiments
Creativity knows no bounds when it comes to the word "experiment". You can microwave, torch, bleach, embroider, inject with inks and paints, strip layers to create transparencies, Polaroid emulsion lift transfers, chemical manipulation during development and more.
As requested through an instagram poll, I am currently working on a series of step by step videos on instant film experiments. So far, I have found the resilience on Fuji Instax film to be more limiting than Polaroid. Once I complete my instant film experiments, I will show you in a side by side comparison.
Since there is no telling what you will get out of an experiment, I enjoy utilizing my dud shots to learn my favored abstract techniques.
3. Photo Challenges
Taking a photo a day is a fun way to keep track of how many days we have been in quarantine. Participating in a photo challenge is also a fun way to add inspiration, motivation and a tiny sense of accountability.
Last month, I hosted the #covidphotochallenge through @filmcollageartist on instagram and people responded well and had a blast with it! In fact, I received so many messages that I hosting another! If you are looking for some creative accountability and inspiration, we would love to have you participate!
4. Home Decor
Raise your hand if you are an instant film photographer with box(es) of film stored in your house! Most likely, a good majority of you. I know I do! There are so many wonderfully creative ideas on Pinterest for instant film inspiration. I snagged a few popular ideas to get you thinking of how you can incorporate your favorite film photos into your home decor.
The most impressive would be the photo wall! A project suited for the dedicated instant film photographer with an intense collection/obsession.
My personal favorite are the instant film light clips. So dreamy in any space. I have some hanging in my office space.
The heart photo collage is a more minimalist approach to showing off your favorite shots. This would a great project for the newer instant photographers who just haven't built up a huge supply of shots yet. You could even grow the size of your heart as you take more shots and fall in love with instant photography. Hardcore, adorable stuff!
The instant film wall hangings are another great home decor idea. This project almost makes for great homemade gifts!
5. Digitize Your Collection
With extra time on our hands these days, now is the best time to get caught up with digitizing your instant film collection! Getting a professional, ,high quality scan of your reflective instant photos can be tricky. Here is a step-by-step guide to achieving flawless, high-resolution scans of your instant film: https://www.erindelsigne.com/post/how-to-scan-polaroids
6. Polaroid Lab
A wonderful tool to experiment with during quarantine, the Polaroid Lab allows you to not only print single photos, but mosaics up to nine images, as well!
The Polaroid Lab costs $130 and takes Polaroid I-Type film
There are a ton of analog photographers utilizing the Polaroid Lab for "zero-contact" or "from afar" quarantine projects.
I have been experimenting with using the Polaroid Lab as a camera.... My zero contact collage projects are done with large photo prints and then I collage the prints. I actually just got my hands on the Polaroid Lab. I've been asked to do a review on the collage/mosaic feature. More to come!
When times get difficult, I know it can be hard to find motivation for new projects. I hope this post can bring you some inspiration and get the gears turning to start your own creative quarantine projects.
Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.
Happy quarantine creating!
<3 Film Collage Artist