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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  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.

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

  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.

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

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

  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.

  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!

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

  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!!
    ~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~


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