Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Celebrating Family With Personalized Art Work

Today, I'm going to give you
a sneak-peek into
my house.

This is my favorite wall
in my family room.

We recently rearranged our
family room
to make it more
family (user) friendly.

By mixing things up
it keeps life a bit more interesting
since we spend so much time at home.

It also gave us more room
for playing trains,
pillow forts, etc.

It also gave us a
big blank wall
needed some
art work.

I prefer to
use what we have
when it comes to decorating.

I happened to have three canvases in my
art studio
with a half finished painting
I didn't like.

I gessoed over the painting
with black gesso
(for you non-artist folks,
it works like a primer on canvas)

Bonus: It's a wrapped canvas so I just painted
the sides black = no need to frame!

Then, I enlisted the Frog Princess
to help me paint
the canvases with fun
bold brush strokes
in acrylic craft paint.

We painted one canvas in shades of Red and Orange.
The second one in Yellows and Greens.
The third in Blues and Violet.

Then I printed a collection
of favorite family photos
on photo paper
(with our computer printer)
from the past few years.

The girls helped me sort the photos
into categories by their main colors,

(if you're not sure, just squint
to see what the dominate color-scheme is...)

I played with the photos
on the dry painted canvases
with scraps of various papers
from my ephemera collection....

Once I had everything where I liked it,
I just started Modge-Podging (yes it's a verb)
the papers and photos
to the canvas with
Matte finish Mod Podge
and a foam craft brush.

We also raided my stash
of hardware store
paint samples.

I cut out flower shapes
from the paint samples
with my Ellison press
and used small
scrap-booking grommets
to attach them to the canvas
(just poke a tiny hole with an exacto-knife)

I love this little metal bookmark
the Frog Princess made me
with a scrap of embossing foil
when we did this project
last year.

I just used a little grommet to attach
it to the canvas.

I just love it,
it makes me smile every time
I look at it.

Color your walls
and your family
with LOVE
in the New Year.

* * This project was featured on Mod Podge Rocks! * *
Thanks so much Amy : )


Kari said...

What a fabulous idea! I have ideas for putting one of these in nearly every room of the house.

Love, love, love it!

Felicia said...

Very neat!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Beautiful Marylea... just beautiful.


Rebecca said...

These are awesome! You did an amazing job!

CreekHiker said...

This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing the idea....

Anonymous said...

Hello there, I recently found your blog, and love it. It's got great vibrant pictures and the most creative ideas. I was wondering if you could check out my blog (which is new and still under construction)and give me any tips or ideas on how to succeed ( get readers/followers) in the blog world. I hope to some day come up with creative things myself but for now I look forward to reading what you come up with :)

Natalie said...

I made some similiar to hang over my boys' beds in their rooms. I love them!

Johanna said...

what a perfectly personal way to showcase your children's art and pictures.I love it!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Oh dear, this is wonderful! I would love to repost, would you please let me? Happy New Year!

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Our Little Family said...

Oh, these are SO gorgeous! Definitely inspiring!!

And, I know you must get a bazillion of these, but I left an award for you over on my blog. You truly are an amazing and inspirational lady!!

Alisa said...

That's a neat idea!

Jamie Cooks It Up! said...

When I look at these pictures all I want to say is....how FUN! I'm so happy to know of your blog. Love the paint chip word game idea. I have 5 kids...3 great readers and twin boys who are just getting started. They will love this idea!
Happy New Year...found you on sits!

Queenie Jeannie said...

So totally love it!! BRAVO!!!

Happy New Year and thank you for visiting on my special SITS Day!

Elise said...

Gorgeous, fun and vibrant. What perfect creations for your family room. I love that they make you smile!

Leslie said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog! I found your site yesterday and loved this post about your wall creations. I'm not very artsy myself, but I thought if I followed along I might get inspired!

perchesinthesoul said...

such a beautiful way to display photos. amazing work & creativity!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Hi MaryLea! I'm going to post on the 20th - please send me your e-mail address so I can send you a follow-up e-mail! Happy New Year!

Kim said...

I absolutely love this!! Your site is full of great ideas. Consider me hooked!

Angela said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have given you the lemonade stand blog award. hop over for details.

Christy said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

sarah in the woods said...

These are amazing! You have so many great ideas.

Lesley said...

I love your blog and follow it often for ideas. I can't believe your creativity when it comes to art projects for children. I am new to the blog world and your blog has been a great teaching tool on how to set a successful blog up. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication!

Bridgett said...

Love it!

I'm quite certain mine wouldn't look nearly as good...but yours looks spectacular.

Jo Shabo said...

hi! I have an award for you on my blog! :)

Yarni Gras! said...

wonderful idea....I love the color and that little hands help in the creation....

April said...

I stumbled upon your blog tonight and LOVE it! Your artwork and spirit are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I especially like how you strive to create with what you have. Thanks for sharing!

Pam said...

What a fantastic idea! I am going to try this in my living room.

Shannon said...

These are just stunning. They are really inspiring too... but I don't think I have the talent to pull it off. They look Amazing.

Scrappy Gifts said...

What a fabulous idea. Hope to try this someday!

Lynne said...


Irene said...

fabulous idea! thanks for sharing. one question, how to hang a canvass on wall paper? i tried hanging photo frames with those 3M hook and it didnt work.:(

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