Thursday, September 2, 2010

Easy Wall Art

I love looking at blogs of ladies who decorate their homes beautifully (and cheaply too!). I love the inspiration that comes from beautiful rooms. Seeing how they are able to cozy up their spaces without having to spend a lot of money has inspired me to look at my walls differently and think through how I can dress my home up now without continuing to say “I don’t have the money to do more.” I saw this post at You Craft Me Up and loved the saying on her plaque. I googled “printable wall quotes,” and couldn’t find the same thing. So, instead of giving up, I decided to design my own sign. I found some great, free digital scrapbook downloads, and picked a pale yellow design (you can’t see it very well in the picture). The download also came with the fun scroll design and aged edge. I washed out the background paper a bit, found some fonts I liked, and ended up with a look that I really loved.

I was attending a bridal shower soon after settling on the design I liked, and thought this could make a good wedding present. Unfortunately, my Joann’s doesn’t carry wooden plaques or canvases, and there aren’t any other craft stores in town, so I bought a ceramic plaque on clearance that had a vegetable print on it. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize the Mod Podge would cause the ink to bleed, and I kept having air bubble issues, so at the last minute I ran to Target for a gift card instead. But I had a solution in time for the actual wedding! Michaels carries the wooden plaques for less than $2, and this time I sprayed the print out with spray varnish before using the Mod Podge. I made two and gave away the better version (not that there was much difference between the two). Now I have one to hang in my home as well!

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We bought our house 4 years ago, just a few months after getting married. Every extra penny we had went into purchasing the house, so the prospect of buying nice wall art was out of the question. We had a large space above our mantel, and hanging any small scale items on the wall would just look silly. So I picked up a large canvas on sale at Craft Warehouse and decided to do a simple painting based on my wedding bouquet. The roses were really simple to do—I started by painting off-shaped circles in one shade of red, then kept adding half circles and crescent shapes in different shades of red until I felt like it had the look I was going for. I loved the way it turned out, and still love it 4 years later.

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11 comments:

  1. What a simple, lovely way to decorate. I enjoy projects like this, too (diy art for the home).
    I am hosting a link party on my blog this weekend about words/quotes (The Weekend Word Search). Please consider stopping by! Your project would be a great addition.

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  2. Your projects turned out so well. I really admire anyone who can paint - your bouquet is beautiful.

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  3. Thank you ladies!
    Madigan--I'll stop by!
    Kim--It's amazing how learning a few simple techniques can really open a lot of artistic options! I can't do much with painting, but this was a very simple way to make roses.

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  4. Beautiful artwork and what a lovely gift! You're so creative!

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  5. I love both! You're roses are beautiful! Thanks for the tip on the spray varnish. I'll have to try that.

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  6. Omigosh the roses are so pretty, you make it sound so easy but I don't think my attempts would look anything like that! Would love you to join me at A Crafty Soiree, every Thursday.

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  7. Great job! You have a very cute blog here. I'm visiting from Made bY you Monday! I'm a follower! Stop by Sassy Sites when you get a chance! xoxo

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

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  8. The plaque is adorable! And I LOVE those roses you painted, you are very talented!

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  9. You are just so talented!! These are amazing!! I'm so happy to be your newest follower of your adorable blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to my link party, Fabulous Friday Finds, every Friday! Hope to see you there!!
    Hugs,
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

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