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Saturday, November 10, 2012

DIY: Wall Art

Hey there my dear followers!  Today I will be talking about DIY: Wall Art.

I was following Chic on a Shoestring Decorating's 31 Days of Decorating on a Shoestring Budget series.

And I tried one of her suggestions, printing my own wall art. 
If you want to read more about that, she talked about it here: "Day 5: Print your own art.

Meantime, I want to show you how I did my DIY: Wall Art.

I was looking for some sea creatures kind of art, just want to have a little reminder of the ocean that I grew up with which I don't have now where I live.

And found corrals and sea shells from this website, just printed it in a regular plain white paper.

Then I was also aiming for an aged-look of the artwork to make it more dramatic.

So I tried something that I learned from Cristina of Remodelando la Casa, rubbing a tea to give the paper an aged-look.

So here's the artwork before and after the tea treatment :)


I repainted two gold frames to white that was bought from Goodwill for $2 & $3 each.

Here's the gold frames before it was repainted to white.

After painting it with white, here's how it looks.
If you notice, the white looks like it's not so smooth because I was trying to achieve an antique-old looking-kind-of-look.

I really like how the frames turned out after painting it.

In terms of putting these art works inside the frame, the Mr. helped a lot to get the frame fit in the frame's window.  thank you Mr! :)

And so here you go, my DIY: Wall Art!

BUT WAIT!!

While I was admiring the beauty of this artwork, I noticed the coral artwork's tea stain.

It looks patchy to me...

do you see what I am talking about?...
so I thought maybe another coat of tea treatment will give it an even look.


So I took the artwork off from the frame but kept it attached in the cardboard and tried to stain it one more time.

Wrong decision! I tore the artwork paper off while doing the staining process! uh! oh!
Maybe I was pushing the tea bag too hard and the back of the paper was hollow :(

I thought that the title of this post should be FAILED DIY: WALL ART.

But no, like any other diy'ers out there should know, there is no surrendering in diy'ing, right?

If you failed with your diy project, do the following steps:
1) you get back up
2) learn from it
3) move on 
and
4) "make it work"

So reprinted the coral art again, then the printer is almost out of ink that it showed some horizontal streaks on the print out.

But that did not stopped me from doing the tea treatment...I was hopeful..

Placed it back inside the frame, the tea stain looks fine now but for some reason the coral artwork looks bluish to me.

uhm...me happy? so NOT.... :(

The Mr. said it seems not aged  even with the tea treatment because of it's bluish color.

What to do, what to do....

When you failed twice on your diy project?!

well... repeat steps 1 to 4:
1) you get back up
2) learn from it
3) move on 
and
4) "make it work"

So I changed my plan on putting the coral artwork in the frame, instead my son's artwork was framed.

Finally, I was pleased with it.  

The Mr. hung it on the wall by the entryway.


As for the sea shell wall art, I just placed it on the entryway console table, together with my DIY: Rope Vases.


Whew! so happy now :)

What about you, did you ever have failed DIY projects that you want to share?
Isn't it challenging? or it just want to make you give up?

Let's talk about it...

huggies***
rea


Linking up to:

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating - Flaunt it Friday
The Dedicated House - Make it Pretty Monday
Be Colorful - Motivated Monday
It's Overflowing - Overflowing with Creativity
I Should Be Mopping the Floor - Mop it up Mondays
Craft-O-Maniac - Craft-O-Maniac Monday
The Chicken Chick - Clever Chicks Blog Hop


11 comments:


  1. I'm doing the same in my Hall house. the pictures that I had the transform. You work in his paintings to become perfect. I love your DIY picture
    Regards

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    1. Oh yeah :) goodluck to you and i can't wait to see the outcome!

      thank you for always leaving me a sweet comment :)

      huggies***
      rea

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  2. Look at you! I love that you never gave up and you pushed through your crafting challenges. I think it's a good thing the coral didn't quite turn out because your son's art work looks GREAT.

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    1. try and try until you succeed, that's the way to go when diy'ing :)

      i'm glad you think that my son's artwork looks great amy :)

      thank you so much! huggies***
      rea

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  3. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week! http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/clever-chicks-blog-hop-8-and-rural.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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    1. Thanks for the invitation Kathy, I will surely join this blog hop!

      huggies***
      rea

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  4. What a clever come back! I bet your son is thrilled to be featured! I fail lots and lots....so nice to see a post about boo-boos! Thanks for visiting me over at 24 Cottonwood Lane!

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    1. yes Jenna, he was so thrilled to see his work art up on the wall!

      thanks for dropping by, huggies***
      rea

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  5. Thanks for a great post and interesting comments. I found this post while searching the web for free stuff. Thanks for sharing this post.
    Wall Coverings

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    1. glad you found my blog michelle and i'm sorry to disappoint you about the "free stuff" search :(

      hope to see you next time!huggies♥
      rea

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rea

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