Thursday, October 17, 2013

DIY Black & White Abstract Art in Gold Frame

If you're a perfectionist like me, DIY can be intimidating. What if it doens't turn out right? What if I get in the middle and realize I don't know what I'm doing? What if I don't like how it looks? The analyzer in me wants to plan out every step, and worries about what to do if things don't go as planned. The optimists and the non-perfectionists out there do the opposite, jumping in and expecting great things will happen. If things aren't just right, they are happy with "close enough." They are typically happier people because they're not so critical of themselves. Lucky them. ;)

I have been wanting to add more art to my black/white/blue living room, and decided to try my hand at some abstract art. A simple black and white can't be too hard, right? My first three attempts were not so great. Maybe someone else would be happy with them, but not me. Luckily on my fourth try, I stopped trying to mimic other art that I liked, and instead went with my own design. I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

What else was so different about my fourth piece of art than the first three? I started with a gold frame. After being unhappy with the first few, I went back to my Pinterest boards and looked at the black and white abstract art that I had pinned. The majority of them were framed in gold. A-ha! I had previously been using a thick canvas, which I just wasn't feeling.

Lucily I remembered I had purchased an ugly print in a gold frame from Goodwill at least a year ago. If you ever find professional frames at a thrift shop, buy them, even if the art inside is hideous like this.

After wiping off the layers of dust, I unscrewed and took apart the frame and painted a white background right on top of the glass. Rather than trying to copy another abstract I liked, I got the notion to do three "stripes" to represent the three members of my family. I was terrified that I wouldn't like it, but I had to just go for it. I even surprised myself that I loved how it turned out.

The next hurdle was getting everything put back together without scratching the metal frame on the white paint. Luckily it went off without a hitch. The cherry on top of this sundae is that The Mr. studied the art when he got home, and without me asking, said he liked it. Success!

Getting the grumpy teenager's approval is a whole other thing I'm not worried about. After all, he's convinced he can easily throw together an abstract like the big blue one that hangs over my sofa.

Hey, if he's that artistically talented, I say go for it. What about you? Have you tried your own hand at artwork? Are you generally pleased with your own DIY projects or are you incredibly critical of yourself? I can't be the only neurotic one out there!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Ceiling medallions as wall art featured at Good Housekeeping online

Hooray for fall break! I think I'm more excited than the students to have two weeks off. Well, not exactly off, but much less stressful than the preceding two weeks. I even got to some painting projects, one of which I am stocked to tell you about as soon as I get it hung. (Hint.)

Today I'm finally getting around to tell you about an exciting milestone for me. My ceiling medallions as wall art are featured on Good Housekeeping's website!

Check out my very own bedroom as part of their "DIY Wall Art: 8 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Space" slideshow. I'm slide 5.

I know, I know, many of you have been featured in much cooler or bigger places. In my book, any time somebody else comes across one of our own projects and finds it to be special enough to feature, it's a great moment!

What is your best claim to fame? Share!

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