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How to Turn Photos Into Paintings

How to use an app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

Adding this on to the long list of favorite ways to add fuzzy, warm sentimental feelings to walls. And right now, a lot of us could use a good dose of fuzzy feel-goods.

I’d been meaning to do this little project for a couple of years and finally just got around to it… turning photos of our current house and previous house into framed paintings.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

I learned about this app called Waterlogue a while back.

We have a “thing” for house portraits around here since we framed my and Robert’s childhood homes beside our front door.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

So we thought it would be sweet to frame our last house and our current house adjacent to our childhood homes in our little foyer hallway underneath our stairs.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

It was totally free to upload the photos I shot into the Waterlogue app and play with the different watercolor looks until I found one I liked.

(If you prefer the look of oil paintings, I discovered an app called Brushstroke that’s great too. I might try that one next for family photos.)

I snapped this photo of our house last summer when the grass and trees were lush and green.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

And I took this shot of our last house just a few weeks before we moved.

How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

Just for fun, I played around with photos of flowers I took too, and I might print them from our home printer and frame them in a few spots around our house.

Yay for cheap art! And entertainment! I’ll take anything at this point. 😉

If you ever want to have a “real” house portrait painted, here’s a good source to commission an artist too.

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How to Turn Photos into Paintings | How to use a free app to transform any photo into a work of art that looks like a watercolor or oil painting.

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24 Comments

  1. I love this idea…I wish I had good quality pictures of all the homes we’ve lived in but I’m going to do this
    as a housewarming present for my niece. So excited to try it!

  2. Can anyone tell me if I should get the app on my phone (iphone) or on my PC for best printing? Thank you. These are truly lovely

    1. I saved the images to Google Photos and then uploaded them to Shutterfly to have the prints mailed to me. But I did 11×14 size. If you wanted 8×10 or smaller, you could just print from your home printer, if you’d like.

  3. I have used this app to frame pictures of our travels …. but did you know that you can buy Watercolour paper for the printer …. it’s textured and similar to card stock and makes your print actually look as if it was painted?

    1. I uploaded them to Shutterfly to have the prints mailed to me on matte paper for 11×14 size. But someone else just suggested printing on your home printer on watercolor paper to make it look like real hand-painted art.

    1. There’s not, unfortunately. But there is a similar app called Watercolor Effects on android that’s free.

  4. Carolyn – just fyi -there are other apps that out there that are free and easy to use – just google it and they’ll come up. Lauren, are you saying you printed these at home?? and I see they’re obviously matted when you framed them, but what size are those actual prints?

    1. Hi Kristine! Yes, there’s an app called Watercolor Effects that is free, but I’ve found the quality not to be as good as Waterlogue and Brushstroke. I uploaded the images to Shutterfly because I wanted an 11×14 size, but you could print them from home if you wanted 8×10 or smaller. Someone suggested using watercolor paper to make them look like real hand-painted art.

  5. Lauren, this looks like so much fun! even for just one photo, it’s worth the $4.99 price! Thanks, I might just have to do this!

  6. Very nice Lauren👏👏( By the way, I couldn’t help but notice, I’m like you, after painting my house on the inside, I still need to put some of the electrical switches covers back 🤗) Your pictures are so realistic, excellent job as always👏🤗🤗😍

  7. I did this with the homes we have lived in. However, I love the watecoloring much-much better. Thanks for sharing. I love how yours turned out. You never disappoint! Stay safe and healthy.

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