Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to Make a Framed Canvas Quilt Block-Farmhouse Art

Large Scale




You can make it for about $15.

It's a simple star quilt block style

that could fit with farmhouse decor.

The black and white would make it a nice modern accent too

because it is so minimal in design.

Of course a black, white, and brown combo 

 is an industrial "go to" as well.

So I think it is a fun and versatile piece of art.

Start with a gallery canvas 22" x 28".

This will be about $10 if you have a coupon

or wait for a half price sale at most art stores.

You will need about 10' length in furring strips.

These are 1" x 2" pine wood.

Cut into 4 pieces.

2 @ 22"

2 @ 29.5"

Stain whatever color you like.

I used Minwax Early American.

Base paint your canvas with a white or off white paint,

matte or satin.  Not glossy.

It's important to base paint first so that you can 

easily touch up any mistakes.

Cut a 7" square template from paper.

Center on your canvas and very lightly trace with pencil or chalk.

You can tape off the edges of the square

to get a precise edge.

Then paint in matte black.

Now fold the paper in half

and then to the center

forming your triangle pattern.

You can either trace this onto your canvas or make a stencil

with cardstock to paint within the guide.

The stencil will make it easier to paint.

Correct any "outside of the lines" paint

with a small brush.

Add more black paint to 

bottom right corners and edges.

This will add a little shadow.

Then sand all of the upper and left edges

to add highlight.

Use a long thin nail to attach the 2 short wood ends first.

Then attach the sides.

I like the sanding detail for extra textural dimension.

It's budget friendly wall art.

Large scale with a graphic impact,

this simple star quilt block style

will warm your walls.

Thanks for your visit!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Planked Wood Wall Art - Butterfly

Get ready creative people.

Get a bundle of lath and your wood burner out

and lets make 

a large rustic, wood planked butterfly!

Wouldn't this be a fun piece for your porch or patio area.

It would be so cute in a girl's bedroom.

I have mine in the entry.

Although it looks as if it were cut and pieced,

I actually used my wood burner to get the effect.

I thought it was time saving but achieved the look

I was going for.

I was inspired by Olive and Grain

You should see their beautiful pieced reclaimed work.

I cut a piece of utility panel 30.75" x 48".

I laid out my lath boards and used power grab adhesive.

Put weight on your boards and let dry overnight.

The most time consuming effort 

was in calculating measurements,

and I've done that for you ,

so it should go smooth!

Here are the pattern marks.

Measure in from the sides and mark with chalk.

These are the lines you will use to wood burn.

After the wood burning,

I gave the whole piece a light brown wash.

Now for the fun paint part!

I used greys, blues, off white, ivory,

and even a metallic gold for one board.

You know you want to try it!

I sure hope you do.

It's so good to have your hands busy.

Trying new and different techniques

gets your creativity flowing!