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We recently moved into a new place and we’re in the process of picking out paint colors and getting the walls painted. Once the paint is done, and I mean the second that it’s done, artwork is going up. The walls feel so bare without it – not quite like home. Know what I mean?
And with all the art we’ve collected over the years, there is plenty of artwork to be hung. But we also have a lot more space in this new house, so I need to buy some new pieces too.
That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that a few of these linocut prints from Printwork will be making their way onto my walls soon – especially that large scallop print on the right (image above). It’s one of my favorites. I can’t stop staring at all the textures and patterns that Toni, the artist, has created. And they look so good on the wall together, even without frames. Don’t you think?
So, here’s the deal…I hung a handful of pieces temporarily to figure out placement and decide which ones I just can’t live without. Would you mind helping me decide on some keepers from this group?
Love all the line work in this one. This Tribal linocut would be good for the bedroom or hallway.
I’m really diggin’ the black and grey pieces, with a couple of pops of color. That light blue is a good accent color. Not too bright. Not too neutral.
This Eat Delicious Food linocut print would be great in the kitchen.
And here’s a closeup of my fave piece. I love the irregularities in block prints. It makes me want to reach out and touch it. You know what I mean?
Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
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This week, I’m in West Virginia at the most amazing cabin in the woods. It’s been really chilly here and we’ve been sipping plenty of apple cider and hot cocoa, which is getting me into the holiday spirit a little earlier than expected.
So today, I’m sharing my first winter holiday project of the year. I hope you don’t mind that it’s a little early. I have been waiting patiently for months to share this holiday DIY I created in partnership with Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape.
I love the holidays as much as anyone else. Maybe even a little more than most. I do sing Christmas carols pretty much all year long, after all. And Jeff can attest to that if you need proof. But when it comes to decorating around the house, I typically don’t go overboard. I like to incorporate items that blend in with the pieces we have in the house year round. So I guess you could say I like to go a little more subtle with my holiday decor.
That said, I created this giant (but still kind of understated) decorative wall art piece for the holidays to add a little something to that blank wall behind our couch. The idea is that these pieces can be used as home decor, throughout the holidays – while you’re writing your Christmas list on the couch, curled up with hot chocolate or throwing a holiday party and using the pieces as props for a photo booth. I selected non-traditional Christmas colors to blend in more with the decor you might have in your home already. So, it’s festive but not ‘in your face’.
Here’s how to make your own…
- 5 foam core boards in any color *They’ll be completely covered when the project is finished.
- acrylic paint
- paint brush
- Xacto knife
- Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape *I used Pearl White, Blue Turquoise, and Flaky (the snowflake pattern).
- Command strips or something similar for hanging the finished piece
1. Start by taping two of the foam core boards together, to create one long (horizontal) piece. Use tape on both the front and the back to keep it secure. Repeat this process with two more foam core boards and the leave the last of the five boards by itself.
2. On one of the larger, taped together boards, paint the word ‘merry’ in cursive (you want to make sure the letters are connected to each other). Make sure to fill in the width of the letters to a decent size – you’ll be cutting this out, so you don’t want it to be too thin. Then, repeat this process with the word ‘bright’ on the remaining large taped together board. And use the solo board to paint the word ‘and’.
*Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you don’t like your own handwriting, ask a friend if they wouldn’t mine doing this step for you. I had my designer bud Jordan paint the words for me after I taped the foam core sections together because I love her cursive lettering so much. Way better than mine, that’s for sure.
3. Once the paint is completely dry, it’s time to cut it out. I used a very sharp Xacto knife and it was really easy. Just make sure you have a very sharp cutting knife or box cutter so you don’t have to overexert yourself (plus it will cut more smoothly).
4. Once the three words have been cut out, it is time to start wrapping them. To conserve tape, I cut small pieces off of the roll, all the same length, and wrapped each piece around from the front to the back (leaving some of the back uncovered, since you won’t see it anyway). Cover each word completely with this process.
5. Now, all you have to do is attach something to the back of each word (like Command strips), and you are ready to hang!
I spent a lot of time figuring out exactly where I wanted the finished piece to go, how I wanted each word titled, etc. But once you get the placement down, it’s goes by really fast.
AND you can reuse this piece year after year. Even though I made this months ago, I’ve kept the finished piece so I can hang it up in our new place. It holds up well if stored flat.
You can also use them as photo booth props in a pinch. And if you’re already decorating, you might as well add some garland and a little hot cocoa (or coffee) to celebrate. Then, sit back and admire your work. You always have time for that, right? Ha!
This post is a collaboration with Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape website, but words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible.
Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re not sure how to get into the spirit for this spooky holiday, I have a free printables set that will do the heavy lifting for you. Just print. Hang. And done. Doesn’t get any easier than that, right?
I worked with my friend (and very talented designer) Jordan Brantley again and she created this awesome printables set for you, complete with lots of wall art prints and stencils for pumpkin carving and/or painting. Here’s a little sneak peek into Jordan’s process (it involves a paint brush).
Design by Jordan Brantley // Photography & Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Click here to download this free Halloween printables set.
For more printables like this one, visit the printables & free downloads page.
And on another note… I’ve been quiet about this up until now on the blog, but I’m happy to share that I’m representing Curbly (along with Gabriel of The Artful Desparado, who also writes for ManMade, Curbly’s sister site) for a special event called Deck the Halls with Lowe’s (in NYC).
Gab and I designed a dining room from floor to ceiling (and everything in between) for the holidays. There were a lot of hours involved in the making of this room and I can’t wait to show it off.
This week has been crazy nuts (read: suuuuper busy) thus far, and it is only Tuesday! So, I thought I would put together a few of my favorites from Pinterest lately to ease into the day. You can follow me on Pinterest right here if you’re interested. If not, that’s cool too. These are a handful of things I am loving (and pinning) right now…
(above) This cactus balloon by Nancy Fouts
An awesome Catbird giveaway on designlovefest (win those rings!)
P.S. Do you ever have days/ weeks where you are so busy you feel like your head might explode?
Easter is four days away and I couldn’t resist one more DIY for those last-minute egg decorators out there. You know who you are. So here’s one last Easter project, inspired by the graphic elements of graffiti art…
Here’s what you’ll need: blown or decorative eggs (can use hard-boiled as long as you don’t eat them afterwards) / acrylic craft paint / paint brush / metallic paint pens
How to make it: Follow the instructions here from my project for Easter eggs inspired by impressionists – painting random patches of color around the entire egg. NOTE: Instead of leaving space between the patches of color, like in the Painterly Easter Eggs DIY, cover the entire egg with paint. Once dry, outline the random patches of color with a metallic paint pen, creating different shapes. Add decorative elements like polka dots or stripes in different areas. Wait for the eggs to dry.
Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff