Project

Precious Diamonds Family Tree

This family tree was created by arranging printouts of family photographs in an argyle design. Black-and-white images connect generations in a way that's classic yet modern.

Precious Diamonds Family Tree

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Place the oldest relatives across the middle, and then you can represent generations and families outward on alternating sides of that line. This loose design works well for blended families.

materials

  • Photographs

  • Photo paper (15 sheets, by Hahnemuhle, from New York Central Art Supply, 212-473-7705)

  • Paintbrush (for glue), size 20, by Blick Academic

steps

  1. Scan photos of several generations. Convert them to black-and-white, and print onto photo paper. Print diamond template. Trace template onto photos, playing with cropping and scale; make some close-ups and others whole figures. Using craft knife, cut out photos on mat.

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  2. Position photos on watercolor paper, with oldest generation lined up by couple across the middle. Lay out the families on alternating sides of that center line, with the first couple's children above, the second couple's children below, and so on. Paste in place, and let dry.

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  3. When you're finished, frame and display on the wall. We used a custom 22-by-30-inch frame by Larson Juhl.

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