Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Art Canvas

I participated in the Mantle Party at The Stories of A to Z on Friday.  Beth is so good at decorating her mantle!  If you haven’t yet, you should stop by some Friday and check out everyone’s mantles.  My mantle included a picture of an art canvas that I made.  I was going to share it later on in a different post{and it will be back}, but thought I’d talk about how I made it now.

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Over the Summer, I purchased three blank canvases from Michaels with the thought of doing something in my master bedroom in lieu of a headboard.  I realized this wouldn’t work as I like to read in bed and I kept thinking that unless I really mounted these things to the wall, they would keep falling off.  That idea went in the scrap heap {and I’m still looking for that perfect headboard}.  

Meanwhile, I still had these three canvases.  Just sitting there.  Waiting for some creative and wonderful project to come along.  And then I saw it.  I read a blog post by Stef at Frugal Home Ideas blog.

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Picture of Stef’s wall art.

I was in love!  Ballard-y looking wall art with a scrolly design that I loved using canvases I already had.  Perfect!  Here is a picture of something similar to what Ballard Design carries.  It’s obviously different, but the idea is there.

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Photo from Ballard Designs

Well, I couldn’t believe how she did it!  The next thing you know, I’m ordering my own doormat from Target.   My canvases were a bit wider than Stef’s so I did pretty much the whole pattern of the doormat, where she had taped off the sides of hers.

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Here is one of the canvases painted.  This was actually a black paint but it appears brown.

Once they were dry, I then moved outside with my painters tape, white spray paint and my doormat.  {Remember this was over the Summer so I wasn’t dealing with the cold weather yet}.

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You lay the mat over the canvas, tape off any area you don’t want to show up on the canvas and then just do a spray over it.  I really only went over it once, making sure I moved not too quick and not too slow.

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So that’s how I came to make my own wall art.  I have three of these panels.  I’ll end here, but this project will be back again.

36 comments:

Gail said...

I love that! It looks really nice on your mantel.

Christina said...

What a great idea, I gotta try that! Yours came out wonderful!

Becca said...

What a GREAT idea ... it turned out beautifully !! I love it on your mantle, too ... well done !! Becca

Liz said...

Hi Kathy!

Wow, your wall art turned out beautifully! I wish I were as crafty, as you! :) Thanks for sharing! Liz

pk @ Room Remix said...

I love this idea and really like how yours turned out.

Vanessa said...

Great looking mantle, very stylish. I need to get out and find some fun accessories, on the cheap of course. I love the big letter and the panel you made, great job!
Love
Vanessa

P.S. We have the same brick around our fireplaces check it out

Stef said...

Yay! It looks GREAT!!!!

Anita said...

I would have never come up with the idea to use a doormat as a stencil...looks great on your mantle.

Heather@PixieDust said...

I love this so much!! Wall art is soo expensive, I love gathering ideas for making large bold pieces myself and on the cheap. You did a fantastic job :)

One Cheap B*tch said...

Looks great! Can't wait to see where you put the other two!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Great project Kathy. They turned out great. I would love to try this one of these days....I am on a rubber door mat hunt now!

Miss Eve said...

Oh my...they look so gorgeous! I wanna make mine as well! Congratulations dear Kathy, what a wonderful project...

Have a great week, cheers: Evi

Lou Cinda said...

LOVE this!! I have seen it and keep telling myself I need to do it!! I love this look and it reminds me of wrought iron which I also love!

For a headboard have you thought about beadboard with pretty moulding around it and a wide moulding across the top?

Just a thought...lol

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda :)

Red Door Home said...

Very cool project.

Its So Very Cheri said...

They look marvelous darling.

Thank you for posting to my party--it is an honor to feature you gals.

Cheri

Blue Creek Home said...

I love it! It looks like so much fun to make. I am getting some good ideas from ya!
Rhonda

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Incredible, who would have thought! You make it look so easy.

Southern Fried Gal said...

Oh my word - that is AWESOME! Thanks for the idea! I have two blank canvases calling my name!

Miss Obara said...

A doormat? very cleaver...i'll be looking at those a little differently this spring!

Taija said...

Oh my goodness!! That is so clever, easy, fun! I LOVE it, thanks for sharing with us! It looks fantastic!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Love it! I think Ballard Designs are my favorite for inspiration!

Atelier de Charo said...

Your mantel looks fantastic!!!
Hugs
Charo

Room to Inspire said...

The doormat is such a great idea! Yours turned out great.

Chelsea

Karen Valentine said...

That's a terrific idea!!! Don't you love to decorate on a dime??? And when you are finished with your canvases you still have a cute doormat to use!


Give your Husky a big from me!
Karen
My Desert Cottage

Artist said...

I like your interior design, a tasteful combination of colors and forms.

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

This is a brilliant idea and yours look just as classy as the Ballard ones. Good job!
I've got swirly all over my walls with the wallpaper done by the previous owners. It's growing on me and it will have to stay for a while.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

The DIY Show Off said...

I love the art - it's gorgeous! I'm mantel challenged because the tv is mounted above it. :( I'm hoping to frame it with some white moulding to help pretty it up a little this year.

:)

Roeshel

Fifi Flowers said...

FAB! LOVE Ballards!

Averill said...

Wow, it looks great!!!

Jane said...

Beautiful job Kathy. Thanks for the how-to. This will go on my "can't wait for warm weather" project list!
Jane

jenjen said...

What a good idea! It turned out so well. Beautiful Kathy!

XOXO
Jen

2sisters said...

I read Steph's post previously, and really liked those. It's fun to see a different variation! It looks perfect on your mantle.
teri

Puanani503 said...

wow..that looks really nice! Thanks for sharing with us..I always like your work:)

Jennifer said...

I have seen these projects alot and have yet to see one of these rugs at the store. I really want to make one of these! :(

The Southern Door said...

You are my newest MUSE! WOW! I am speechless...

Edin's House said...

This piece looks terrific Kathy! Great work!! I may just try this myself ;-)
Victoria

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