Sunday, March 4, 2012

make and frame your own art.

I decided recently to make my own framed art for our bedroom, and this is what I came up with! Making a tutorial requires a lot of patience and picture-taking, so I didn't snap any pics along the way. But here's a general idea of how I did it:

1. Raided the manly mechanic's shop for a saw of some sort. I opted for the hand-saw, as the power version is still slightly intimidating.

2. Purchased two pieces of molding (for the frame), a tri-fold poster board, and wrapping paper (I already had the P).

3. I hot-glued the creases in the tri-fold poster board so it would stay open. I then mod-podged the wrapping paper to the board.

4. I sawed my moldings at an angle, into the lengths I needed to frame the poster board.

5. Using "ballerina slipper" pink by Martha Stewart (got a sample on sale at Home Depot for 50 cents), I painted my molding.

6. I didn't have any of the super-trendy glaze, so I decided to try my hand at my own version. I dabbed a paper towel in some black acrylic paint and brushed it lightly along my moldings once they had dried. That got me a nice black distressed look.

7. I painted one coat of the ballerina slipper paint onto my black wooden P. The black peeks through, which was the look I was going for.

8. Using hot glue (some other version of adhesive may have worked better), I glued my framing on and glued my P to the bottom right corner.

9. I also glued on some white twine for hanging.

10. That's it! Hung it up in the master. It doesn't match the current decor, but it goes with the future look I have in my head;)

Here are some more photos. I think eventually I'll apply the same process to some smaller ones, and maybe then I'll post the tute. Until then, this project cost me around $25, much less than any framed print you'll find in a store!

Oh, the cubby. See it up there? It taunts me every day, as I have no idea how to fill it...

My very own "glaze" technique. Turned out pretty cute!

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