Amazing Wall Art in 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back!

It’s time for that DIY magic that I alluded to yesterday! If you were paying close attention to my Project Life pictures, you may have noticed the “Before” and “After” cards, and the pictures next to them. There’s today’s DIY 🙂

I really wanted to do something – anything – with the wall over our desk. There is just so much blank wall that it’s getting a little depressing in here!

DIY Wall Art-2

I had seen this great post over at The New Domestic that really sparked my interest, and wanted to re-create something like it, so off to the craft store we went (yup. Dragged Chris with me)

I had this vision of breaking it up into 3 pieces. We easily found the canvases I wanted, and then Chris picked out a color blue that he liked. We stopped at Staples on the way home and picked up some tape to tape off the sections. I was SO excited – and convinced this was going to go exactly as planned. Chris started placing the canvases on the floor while I got the tape open and ready to go:

Measuring the spacing of art canvases

art canvases laid out on floor

This, of course, was right about the time that we discovered the tape we had bought didn’t even remotely stick to the canvases. At all.

Stellar.

So, I came up with plan B. Real fast.

I decided that we were going to ombre the 3 canvases. Fully spray painted, to barely there. And it was gonna look awesome, dammit!

Chris likes graffiti and all things spray paint, so he took over.

Spray painting the canvas

Zoe wanted to help, but I figured I’d be less annoyed if we didn’t have blue paw prints all over the apartment.

dog watching person spray paint a canvas

She wasn’t so thrilled that we didn’t let her in on the action.

boxer dog with 1 ear flipped over

Chris did an awesome job painting the canvases. They were pretty much perfect.

Man spray painting canvas

Man spray painting a canvas

Once they were dry he hung them on the wall.

man hanging blue canvas on wall

Ta Da! All done!

DIY Wall Art-16

Before and after of wall with art added

So, DIY wall art in 3 easy steps:

3 steps for wall art    Measure                                     Paint                                           Hang

In reality it took a few more steps than that, but honestly it wasn’t very hard – granted I was only taking pictures. From start (going to the craft store) to finish (hanging on the wall) the whole project took 6 hours. The paint dried really fast, and was water based (KEY!) so clean up was a breeze.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. It makes the room SO much more interesting, and gives me room to grow if I want (I’m thinking some portrait oriented canvases in gray on either side.) The total cost wasn’t terrible either – $35. We bought the canvases and paint at Michael’s – do yourself a favor and go to their website. They almost always have a 40-50% off coupon. We split up the purchases so that we each had an expensive item to use the coupon on. It saved us a bundle!

Hope you enjoyed this! Have a great hump day, and I’ll see you back here on Friday!

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Project Life – Weeks 5 & 6

It has been a looonnggg week – let me tell you!

Last week my computer decided to take an emotional time out. I afforded it this luxury, but I’d be all set if this never happened again! It ended up making me a week behind on Project Life, as well as keeping me from having pictures to work with…. what’s a girl supposed to do?

Anyway, we’re back in action, and along with my Project Life update, I’ve got a couple of great posts for you this week! Some DIY love is magically sprinkled in there, so hold on to your hats!

Before we go crazy with spray paint, let’s head back in time 2 weeks to my week 5 spread –

Left Side:

Project Life week 5 spread with title card, 5 pictures and week review

Right Side:

Pictures of white tulips, a panorama of Los Angeles, and a E.B. White quote

The Whole Shebang:

2 page Project life spread

And some close ups:

Project life cards that say before, and after

picture of a close up of white tulips

Close up of EB white quote

I used picmonkey to make the before and after cards, as well as the cards with the quote from E.B. White. It was such a perfect quote for that spot!

I’m happy with how the right side turned out – the pictures don’t really do it justice. The left side is more of smush of things that happened. I’m still working on how to take all of the random colors and big camera vs. iphone pictures and make it look cohesive. I took the time to tell myself that it doesn’t have to look perfect – a few years down the road I’ll just be happy that it was done at all!

And now for this past week:

Left Side:

Project Life spread week 6, 5 pictures, a week review, and a title card

Right Side:

Project life week 6 page 2, 6 pictures

The Whole Shebang

Full project life week 6 spread

And some close ups:

PL week 5&6-12

PL week 5&6-8

close ups of project life week 6 spread

Chris’ parents came to visit us this week. We went to the Griffith Observatory, attempted to see the Batman Cave, did the Walk of Fame, saw the Chinese Theater, walked on the Venice Boardwalk, and went to Cirque Du Soleil (which was AMAZING, and can now be crossed off of my 101 in 1001 list!). The biggest problem is that there were too many pictures! This week was the first time I used an insert – and I really like how it came out.

We went to dinner at a place called Tinga. The bathrooms had some really fun art on the walls. Chris took a bunch of pictures of the mens bathroom walls, and I decided they deserved their own insert:

Project life insert, pictures of taco cartoons

Project life insert, pictures of taco cartoons

Project life insert, picture of taco cartoon saying "looking good"

Project life insert, picture of cartoon taco playing the guitar

Project life insert, picture of cartoon taco parachuteing

My favorite is the “looking good” taco. Apparently he was drawn in where there should have been a mirror!

I tried something a little different with this week’s spread. I used a template from the blog “My Passion Is…”. It made the 3×4’s in my spread look like Polaroids. I really liked the additional white space that it provided – I’m convinced the spread would have just been overwhelming otherwise! The template was really easy to download, and she provides step by step instructions on how to use it. I did it in Photoshop Elements 10 with no problems whatsoever. You can find the template here. Also, you should just check out her blog in general, since she has some really great PL spreads! I’ve been hanging out over there gathering inspiration all afternoon! 🙂 Thanks Linda Anne for the great template and ideas!

Slowly but surely I’m catching back up with this little blog of mine! Thank you to everyone for your patience! I’ll be back tomorrow with a DIY project, and from there I’ll FINALLY be back on schedule! Have a great evening!