Posts Tagged ‘wall art’
Once November rolls around, I tend to get pretty excited about the upcoming holiday season. But I have to admit, I generally error toward the 'not overly holiday' side when it comes to decorating this time of year. So I'm bringing in some alternative holiday cheer early this year with the help of the folks at Framebridge. And focusing on cool artwork with a twist on the traditional Christmas color scheme to bring it all together.
So what did I end up doing? I rounded up artwork that was in the red and pink color family and used that as my base. Then added a couple of holiday decor accents (with a pop of green in there to tie in the color combo), along with a holiday scent (candle or infuser) and this little entryway is good to go for the holidays. So quick and easy.
Here's the breakdown for 3 ways to refresh your entryway for the holidays (without trying to hard or spending a ton of time laboring over it)...
I purchased prints from Leah Reena Goren and Kiki and Polly a while back, but they were still without frames. And Rachel and I made the pie chart art and the SUPER DUPER pieces together with a little bit of acrylic paint and some heavy paper from the art store.
If you're not familiar with how the Framebridge process works, I can tell you its insanely easy. It works like this...measure your artwork (approximate sizes are fine) and choose your frame and matting styles. I did a floating mat for 3 of the 4 pieces and would highly recommend it if you have a signed piece where the signature is at the very bottom or you want to show off the edges of the artwork. The pie chart art, for example, is on BFK which means it has a deckled edge, so I wanted to show that off. And then the fourth piece is just a standard mat, so you can mix and match for a completely custom look.
After your order is placed, you'll get your packing supplies shipped to your door. Then you just ship your artwork back in the tubes and/or flat packs they sent to you and wait for your framed pieces to come back. Easy peasy.
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2. Small holiday decor touches
I didn't want to go overboard in this department, so I added two decorative bottle brush trees in alternative colors (dark grey and teal) to play things down. Then hung a wreath over a piece of artwork to keep things casual. And tossed in a couple of gold accents to add a little more glitz.
3. Candles or oil infusers
I keep an oil infuser hidden in that white hexagon container and just remove the lid when I want a refresher. I like to keep it concealed because I have yet to find one that I actually like the looks of. Plus, it keeps the entryway table more minimal looking.
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
That's it for my entryway tips for the holidays. If you're interested in trying out Framebridge yourself (which I highly recommend if you have any custom framing that needs to be done), be sure to use the discount code PAPERSTITCH20 at checkout for 20% off your first Framebridge order (offer expiries 1/31/16).
Have you started decorating for the holidays yet? Have any DIY ideas you're hoping to try this year?
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Remember the old rubbing alcohol and permanent marker trick from when you were a kid? The one where you could create (semi) psychedelic patterns that kind of looked like rainbow clouds that Lisa Frank would have totally been into?
Well, today, I have to admit, there's a part of me that still thinks that Lisa Frank knows where's it at. Like, 100%. Because I made this DIY color cloud art (for lack of a better term?) and put together a quick tutorial, in case you want to make your own.
This art DIY is insanely easy, foolproof even. And (bonus) you can scale the project to any size you'd like. So, if you're looking for a budget-friendly option for a large scale piece of artwork, this could be it.
1. Start by dissembling the picture frame and carefully removing the glass. Set the frame aside for now.
2. Next, select the color scheme you want to work with and start coloring large sections with permanent markers. There's no rhyme or reason to this one, so feel free to make the color blocked areas as large or as small as you want. And any shape as well.
3. Once the entire piece of glass has been covered, dip your brush into the rubbing alcohol and gently use it to start pushing the color around the glass. You can also drip alcohol right onto the glass for a more bubbled / cloud-like design. I did a combo of both.
4. Continue this process until the entire piece of glass is complete. You can continue going back over any problem areas, so this really is foolproof. Next, add a light coat of spray sealant to the glass, while it's laying down flat, and allow the sealant to dry completely before continuing onto the next step. This part is optional because you can actually just turn the painted side inward when you add the glass back to the frame to protect the paint from being removed. But it doesn't hurt to add the sealant, so why not.
5. Pop the glass into the frame, add a solid sheet of paper behind it, and secure the frame backing. I used white paper as my background, but you can use any color...It really just depends on how you want your finished piece to look. Then it's ready to hang.
Quick Note: The rubbing alcohol will change color the more you dip your brush in (like above). So it's probably easiest to pour a small amount into a bowl and then replenish as needed when the alcohol begins to fill with color.
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
P.S. If you're looking for a small scale version of a project like this one, try my DIY geometric bookmarks using this same technique with takeout containers.
What were some of your favorite childhood craft techniques from back in the day? I'm always in the market for a new / old technique to try.
It wouldn't be Valentines day without a flower DIY. So here I am with the last V-Day project of the year...a (fresh flower) monogram wall hanging that is perfect for the upcoming holiday. OR a wedding, birthday party, housewarming...Okay, it works for pretty much anything. Especially if you like flowers as much as I do.
You may remember the giant floral ampersand I created a while back that was in this same vein. But to switch things up, I'm using a different method and a garland as the base (which will help cut down on the number of flowers you need to complete the project).
Here's how to make your own floral typography wall art...
-fresh flowers + garland (see specific flower types below)
-foam core or cardboard
-box-cutter or sharp blade
-paper awl (or similar)
My friends at Flower Muse sent over all of the flowers and the garland. So, if you're looking for fresh flowers and greenery, be sure to check them out. Their flowers are top notch.
For all flowers except the Poppies... Cut at least 1"³ off each stem and place in 3-4"³ of room temperature water. Let everything hydrate for at least 3-4 hours before you start working with them, but preferably 24 hours so the blooms have more time to open, if they're not already.
For the Poppies... These can be a little tricky sometimes. So to help them bloom, you may want to try cutting them under water and keeping the stems submerged in water for 10-15 minutes before searing the ends with a quick dip in boiling water for 10-15 seconds. That's what I ended up doing and it worked great. As the blooms start to open, you may need to give some of them a little help by gently pulling back the sepals (the brown fuzzy "shell").
For the garland... Keep it in a dry, cool place until you're ready to use it. No need to spray with water or anything like that.
1. Start by drawing and cutting out large letters from foam core or cardboard. I just freehanded the letters with a pencil and then cut them with a sharp blade.
2. Next, poke a set of holes in the letter cut out, all the way around, every 6-10 inches. Use the paper awl to poke the holes or another sharp object.
3. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly 8-10 inches long, and poke through the first set of holes (from the back of the letter), so that each end is showing through to the front.
4. Then, lay the garland on top of the foam core letter and secure the first section with the wire that you poked through in step 3. All you need to do is wrap the wire around the garland and twist several times until secure. Then, hide the excess wire underneath the leaves or clip off.
5. Once you've completed that process all the way around, covering the entire letter with garland, it's time to add flowers. Make sure the flowers have had at least 24 hours to properly hydrate before this step. Then, trim the stems if necessary and intertwine them amongst the garland. If you're having trouble, add floral wire to each stem, for more stiffness to wedge into the garland. If you have a super bushy garland, you can tuck small water tubes into the garland to keep the flowers as fresh as possible.
6. Fill the garland with flowers until you've reached the desired effect. Enjoy!
You can do initials like J + B (for V-day or a wedding), a single letter, to stand as a statement art piece, or even a short phrase or message if you're feeling especially ambitious.
P.S. If you wanted to go a more cost effective (and long lasting) route, you could skip the flowers all together and just do garland letters, which are kind of fun too...
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
After this project, I am even more obsessed with poppies. They may be a little finicky, but they sure are pretty. Don't you think?
Think you might give this flower project a try?
For more flower DIYs like this one, visit the DIY Flower Ideas page.