Posts Tagged ‘wall art’
Every year, around Christmas time, I get a new calendar (or two) to get a jumpstart on the new year. Is it me or is there something about a new calendar and a new year that makes you feel like absolutely anything is possible?
So I rounded up eleven of my favorite calendars to give you the kick in the pants you need to start thinking about 2014…
1. 2014 minerals calendar from Lindsay Jones
2. sung calendar 2014 from Snug.Studio
3. 2014 astrology wall calendar from Prismatic Print Shop
4. 2014 Frankie magazine calendar from Frankie Press
5. oversized wall calendar for 2014 from One Canoe Two
6. 2014 Scandinavian floral calendar from The House That Lars Built
7. 2014 prisms calendar from Julia Kostreva
8. 2014 calendar from Linda & Harriett
9. big number 2014 calendar from Decoylab
10. 2014 ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’ calendar from Cranny
11. 2014 Stendig calendar from Need Supply
Don’t see your favorite calendar listed? Leave a link to your faves in the comments below. Always up for discovering a few more.
P.S. Brittany from The House that Lars Built is giving away a Public bike today, as a part of the 24 Merry Days giveaway event! Enter to win the bike here.
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
Visit Printwork to view all available prints. And be sure to use one of these discount codes if you find something you love… Get 20% off of all orders (excludes shipping) with the code PRINTWORKLOVE or get 40% off when you spend $50.00 or more with the code GET40 (both offers expire Nov. 10th).
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 marks the second installment of my DIY series with Flower Muse. And it’s a fun one – fun to make and fun to play around with. Definitely more light hearted and playful than the first DIY in this series, so there’s a little something for everyone so far with these projects.
This time, I made a DIY fresh flower ampersand that is filled with gorgeous blooms like (my favorite) ranunculus and a some seriously stunning garden roses. BUT I didn’t want to make just one of these, so I made two. One smaller ampersand that will keep the flowers fresh longer and one giant one that is big impact. The smaller version is great for photo booth props, table top decor, or as a cool centerpiece at a party (or wedding). While, the much larger version, which was over 2.5 feet tall, can be hung from a door (inside or outside), used as home decor, or as a giant prop for a photo booth.
Each one is made a little differently – the more complicated of the two being the smaller, floral foam one (they’re both pretty easy though, honestly). So I have a more detailed step by step for the first one and then the basics for the larger version.
I used a combination of garden roses and ranunculus. Here’s the exact breakdown…
- Joyce garden roses (which are pink)
- Free Spirit garden roses (which are an orangey-pink)
- Ranunculus (in orange, hot pink, pink, and red)
- Red piano spray garden roses *these are so gorgeous!
- Pink Majolica spray garden roses
Other materials you’ll need:
floral foam sheet (as big as you can find) // a knife or other sharp object to cut with // scissors // floral wire
Before you get started:
Be sure to cut 1/2″ to 1″ off the bottom of each stem, at a diagonal to maximize water intake. Remove leaves/foliage before placing them in buckets filled with 3″ – 4″ of room temp water. If possible, keep flowers in a cool area away from direct sunlight until you are ready to use them. More flower care and handling instructions here.
1. Freehand an ampersand using a knife as your pen, directly onto your sheet of floral foam. You don’t have to carve deep yet. You’re just making guidelines for carving in step one. I looked at a few different typefaces on the computer before deciding on one that was relatively thick and drew it a couple of times on a piece of paper first to get the hang of it.
2. Once you’re happy with the shape you’ve created, it is time for the fun part – carving the foam. Using the same knife, begin cutting away pieces of foam from the sheet, using the guidelines you created in step one. This will keep you from accidentally cutting off an important part of the ampersand. Note: If you do accidentally cut off a part of the ampersand that was supposed to remain intact, you can reattach the pieces with floral pins.
3. Once your ampersand has been completely cut out, soak it in water according to instructions on your floral foam packaging and set aside.
4. Now, it’s time to tackle the flowers. First, remove any leaves from the stem and then cut the stem down to 2-3 inches in length. You want the stems to be relatively short so they’ll easily go into the foam when it’s time.
5. For stems that are not as sturdy on their own (like ranunculus), cut a small length of floral wire (2-3 inches) and poke through the bottom of the stem, leaving at least a 1/2 inch of wire sticking out from the bottom. This will make it easier to poke the stems into the foam.
6. Once your floral foam has soaked in water according to instructions, you can start adding the flowers. Poke the stems through the foam one by one, until each one is secure, making sure to keep the shape of the ampersand as you place each flower. This is especially important for a smaller piece like this one. Continue this process until the entire piece is covered. The flowers will stay fresh for 4-6 days with this method. And here’s the finished piece…
And here’s how to make the giant floral ampersand:
In addition to the flowers listed in the first section, you’ll need two sheets of foam core, duct tape, an Xacto knife or box cutter, scissors, and a glue gun.
1. For the most part, the process is very similar, only this time you’ll be using foam core instead of floral foam. Start by taping two pieces of foam core together to create a piece that is at least two feet tall.
2. Then, freehand an ampersand onto the foam core with paint and a brush. It’s much easier to paint something this large then draw it with a pen, just FYI.
3. Once the paint has dried, cut out the ampersand with a box cutter or Xacto knife.
4. Then start preparing flowers by cutting off the stems entirely, so you have a flat(ish) surface for attaching the flowers to the foam core.
5. Begin placing and attaching flowers to the foam core by adding a few generous beads of hot glue to the back of each bloom and then gently (but firmly) pressing it down onto the foam core for about 5 seconds. The glue should hold it from there. Continue this process until the entire piece is covered. And if you want to hang the finished piece from a hook, add a string or some cording to the top and you’re good to go. The flowers will stay fresh for 2-3 days with this method.
Use it as a giant photo booth prop. Perfect for weddings and b-day parties. Or rest it against a wall or credenza (or mantle) for a special occasion or party…
I must admit…I was pleasantly surprised by how well both methods held up. But my favorite part? The smell! I really wish you could have smelled this piece. It was so cool to have a piece of art that filled the room with a soft rose scent. Not many art pieces can do that!
So what do you think? Do you see a giant flower ampersand in your future? If you’re on the fence, this may help…
Flower Muse is giving away over 100 stems to one lucky winner on Facebook.
The winner will receive 6 dozen roses and 30 stems of ranunculus. With that many flowers, you can totally make one of these beauties and still have plenty of flowers left over. Enter to win on Facebook right here. And be sure to visit the first installment of this flower series too: how to make a fresh flower framed mirror using peonies, thistle, tulips, and more. It’s pretty special, if I do say so myself.
Photography by Sarahdipity Photos for Paper & Stitch // Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff