Thursday, March 22, 2012

My First Wall Art Project

Pin It Now! When I saw Kristen's Button Mosaic Heart, I felt inspired to finally create a little wall art of my own. I finally have a few extra minutes everyday now that my kids are a little older. :) Yay!

I didn't use buttons for my project since I didn't have any, and I really didn't want to buy a bunch of them in bulk. So, I figured I'd use scrapbook paper for my project instead. Honestly, though, I had no idea what I was doing since (1) I had never ever bought and used a piece of canvas, (2) I had never used Modge Podge, and (3) well, I'd never made wall art.

I knew I wanted a flower, and I knew I wanted a color scheme to match my downstairs 1/2 bath that had nothing on the main wall.  Here's is what I did:

  • I drew a whimsical flower on canvas I bought from my least favorite store (Wal-Mart) - I have always loved that adjective, and I like it even more now after what Kristen said about it. :)
  • I bought some scrapbook paper and tore into tiny pieces. I did this during the Super Bowl - I had no idea that tearing that much paper could make your fingers hurt!
  • I used modge podge to glue the scrapbook paper on the canvas, and I also smoothed a layer over the scrapbook paper at the same time. Oddly enough, I found that using my fingers was the best method of application.
  • Once I was completely finished, I used a foam paintbrush and applied one last coat of modge podge on the entire canvas.

It took me about a month to complete as I only worked on it when I had a few minutes to spare.

Please don't mind the no makeup and "stay-at-home" hair. ;) Here is my finished wall art project. My kids thought it was really neat, and I guess it's not too bad for my first one. I see all the imperfections, though.

I hung it in my bathroom downstairs, and I think it would look better on lighter walls. Also, now that it's hung, I think it's one of those pictures that would look better far away. Being in a tiny space you don't get that stained glass effect as much. Oh well, it was made by my hands and didn't cost a huge fortune. Next time, I will get my kids to tear all the paper!

1 comment:

Kate said...

This is so pretty! I really like it. How long do you think it took?



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