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Friday, October 19, 2012

2 Types of Artwork {For FREE!}

Welcome to the latest post in the seemingly never ending project that has become my master bedroom! (Some of the other projects including The Patchwork Headboard are here, here and here). It's almost finished. I can't wait! 

I am trying to spend as little as possible to finish the room, and what's better than FREE? Nothing, right? 

Let's start with the watercolor paintings.
Oh, isn't that kid cute?!? I may be a little biased....

I'm sure you've seen these watercolor portraits from Grow Creative floating around. They're so cute, and as it turns out, super easy to do. Be sure to listen to her tip about picking the right picture, though. I started out with 4 different pictures of my little guy, but the others turned out looking a little too much like kids from another planet for my liking. No problem! I just did the same picture in four different colors.

How to do it for free? 
  • Recycle some old frames. You can leave them as is or paint them like I did. Mine were originally black.
  • You don't need fancy watercolor paints. I used some that were from a kids' art set I got when I was in high school a few (ok, over ten-yikes!) years ago. 
  • I used some drawing/sketch paper I've had forever too. 
And now for the second type of artwork which involves one of my favorite things...paper! I have a slight paper obsession, so gathering supplies for this project was no problem for me. I was first inspired by this project from Creative Passage, and then this one from Simply Living inspired me to make it into a smaller version.

To make this project: 
  • Cut square pieces of plywood and paint them white (or whatever color you'd like). I happen to have a few 8x8 inch squares leftover from the Patchwork Headboard, so I used those and some white paint I had sitting around.
  • Cut out lots and lots of petals/leaves to create your art. I tried to use the same shape as the version from Simply Living.
  • Create your pattern and use Mod Podge to fasten the pieces onto the wood. Seal them all with a coat of Mod Podge.
  • Oh, but how will we hang them? This is the BEST part of the whole thing. Pop can tabs! Check out the post from Practically Functional to see how to do this. It's genius!
And there you have it! Two simple and FREE artwork projects.

Questions? Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I love hearing from you!

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  1. This is absolutely darling! We love looking at your cute blog and all of the amazing things you do! -The Six Sisters

  2. I love the flower/shape prints and , the kid is so cute :)) both pojects are great!

  3. LOVE your artwork!!! Thanks for linking to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. THIS PROJECT is being featured at this weeks party. Hope you will stop by and check it out! http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/10/pull-apart-pumpkin-maple-bread-and.html

  4. These are amazing! I love your artwork especially the picture one. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.


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