Wall Art

As I’ve stated numerous times before, I really don’t have the steadiest painting hand.  So why do I keep trying to paint?  Guess a little practice really never hurt….

After my cheap painted makeover of this small 2 case bookshelf last week, I’ve been trying to think of how to display it.  I really love the rich dark grey with white accents, and I found a couple fun and colorful baskets to display in the bookcase:

I also found some cute turquoise and brown baskets, which I would also like to include.  Ideally, I think I will be returning to Ocean State Job Lots for a second bookcase, so that I can paint it up and have a matching set.  But that meant that I needed some art work to tie all the colors together.  Right now my color scheme was grey, white, pink, green, turquoise, and brown.

If you remember from my feature last sunday, I highlighted Leslie over at Onesie Twosie for her creative and geometric wall art project.  I’ve been dying to try my hand at this, so what better time?

I found 2 left over 11×14 canvases, in my box of craft goodies, that were left over from another project.  I decided to start with the circles.  In order to trace my circles I found the metal top to a candle that was about 3 inches across.

I started at the top of my canvas and started tracing the circle.  I did tape a ruler down to make sure that I stayed in a straight line.

I continued to make rows of even circles until my whole canvas was covered.

Then I went back and added a second layer of circles, evenly spaced in between the original rows:

Here is my finished canvas with all the circles traced:

Next I grabbed all the bottles of acrylic paint I had lying around, and started mixing and matching to come up with the right shades of paint.  Remember, I was sticking to the color scheme of grey, white, pink, turquoise, brown, and green.

As you can tell from the textbook sitting under my paint…this was more fun than studying!

The next step was to start filling in the overlapped areas, I started with one color at a time, and pretty much filled in at random:

 I continued to add colors as I went, here’s what I came up with:

Because the overall goal is to paint a second bookcase to match, I decided that it might be nice to have two paintings rather than one.  I decided to stick with the geometric pattern, but give squares a try.  I searched for a good square to trace and came up with a bottle of nail polish remover with a square bottom!

I followed the same steps as above.  Trace rows of even squares:

Then go back and evenly overlap the squares:

Then I started filling in the overlap area with paint.  There were more squares than I expected, so I did add a few colors, like yellow and orange.

The square painting did involve some touch up work, but I’m pretty happy with how they both turned out!

Here is how they look above the bookcase.  Again, I used the same bookcase for each of these, but the plan is to paint a second one so I have a matching set!

 Now I just need to find two frames, and will probably paint them the same grey as the bookcase, so have some continuity.  Thoughts?  I will be sure to come back with the final reveal…no promises on how soon that will be!

Another thing that I’m excited about adding to this little reveal…remember the cute little yarn wreath I made earlier?  I found some really fun yarn that matches my color scheme for the bookcases perfectly!  What better way to tie everything together than to use another wreath?

 How fun is that yarn?  I kind of think it looks a little bit like a piƱata, but I love how fun it is!  And tell me that doesn’t match just perfectly!

 My to-do list is starting to expand over what started as a tiny fun project!  Here’s whats left:

*Get and paint a second bookcase
*Get and paint frames for the geometric art
*Make flowers for the wreath
*Hang artwork and wreath
*Find a permanent home for the bookcases

Good thing February Vacation is only a week away!  Another reason why I love working in the public schools…

Can’t wait to be able to finally share the finished reveal with you all!  Thanks for sticking around!

Simply Living

Yet another Wreath!

I decided to keep my Valentine’s related creative juices flowing today.  As I’m sure many of you know, I gain a lot of my inspiration from reading other people’s blogs and seeing what kinds of projects are out there.  One trend that I have been seeing lately are yarn wreaths and felt flowers.  We all know what a sucker I am for wreaths, and after making some festive yarn balls yesterday, I knew I just had to give this one a whirl.  Take a look at what I came up with:

There are very few materials involved: wreath form, yarn, glue stick, felt, ribbon.  That’s it!  I was lucky and only had to purchase a wreath form, so once again my project cost less than a few dollars.  I love when that happens!

Wreath form, glue gun, glue sticks, yarn, and felt

Making the Wreath
Step 1: Tie the end of your yarn onto the styrofoam wreath.  I chose to start at the seam, but anywhere would be fine.

Tie on your yarn

Step 2:  Begin to wrap your yarn around the wreath.  This was an extremely time consuming process, because with each wrap you need to pass the ball of yarn through the middle.  For the first layer I chose to make mine pretty even and organized.

Keep wrapping…having Pandora running in the background doesn’t hurt either!

Step 3:  Continue wrapping the yarn all the way around the wreath.  This process will take a while, but is so rewarding in the end!  Here I am at the end of the first layer.

One layer of yarn

Step 4:  By the time you have successfully made it around your entire wreath form you can decide whether or not to do a second layer.  Because there were some gaps where I could still see green I decided that a second layer of yarn was pretty important.  For this layer I did however decide to go for a “messier” look, and did not try to keep all of my rows straight.

Second “messier” layer of yarn

Step 5: Once you have completed all of the wrapping that you want, tie off the yarn the same way you started.  I then took the extra minute to weave in the end so that it wasn’t sticking out, but since this will most likely be the back of your wreath it isn’t necessary.


Making the Flowers
Step 1Cut a circle out of your felt.  The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower.  I chose to make a straight circle, if you want your flower to have a more petal effect, then make the edges wavy.

The bigger the circle, the bigger the flower

Step 2:  Cut into your circle.  I cut in about half an inch and was pretty happy with how the flower turned out.

Begin to cut into your circle

Step 3:  Continue to cut in a spiral motion.  Do this until you reach the center of the circle.

Continue cutting in a spiral motion

Your end result should be one long strip

Step 4:  At this point start at an end, and begin to wrap the felt in a circle.  In order to keep the bottom flat, I found it helpful to have it on the table and rotate the felt.

Start at the end and begin to roll your felt into a circle, try to keep the bottom flat.

Step 5:  Continue to roll until you reach the end of your strip.

End of the strip…I used the pink bowl as a background color since my flower was blending in to the table top

Step 6:  Flip the flower over, add a small dot of hot glue, and attach the loose end.

Step 7:  Cut out a circle of felt, just a little bit smaller than the bottom of the flower.

After attaching the loose end, cut out a circle just smaller than the bottom of the flower

Step 8: Using the hot glue gun, attach the circle to the bottom of the flower.  This will help to keep each layer in place and your flower in a firm shape.

Attach the circle to the bottom of the flower.

Step 9:  Continue this process with as many colors and sizes as you like!

Attaching the Flowers
For my wreath, I decided that I would primarily stick to Valentine themed colors (pink and white) but at the last minute I decided to throw a blue flower in there for a little extra oomph.

The 4 flowers I picked out for my wreath

Step 1:  I arranged the flowers on my wreath so I had an idea of placement.  Then I attached the first flower with hot glue.  I held down for about 12 seconds, so that I knew the glue was not going to slide around anywhere.

After attaching the first flower

Step 2:  Attach the second flower in the same manner.

After attaching flower #2

Step 3:  Repeat step 1 and 2 for as many flowers as you decide you would like to attach

3 flowers later…

Complete

Step 4:  Once I had all of my flowers attached I took some green felt and cut out a couple small leaves.  I attached these with the glue gun as well.

I chose to add a couple green leaves

Step 5:  The last step is to decide how you would like to hang your wreath.  I decided to attach a small piece of ribbon and hang it from a hook.  I cut a small piece of ribbon and attached it to the back of the wreath with a couple thumb tacks.  Because the back of my wreath will be facing the wall, the tacks aren’t even visible, but you can always use glue.

Here is a final far away and up close look at my pretty little wreath:

I love how it looks up against the lime green walls of Sister #2’s bedroom.  I now have yet another wreath to add to my ever growing wreath repertoire…oh boy!

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Love Bug

If there’s anything I hate more than shoveling snow…it’s shoveling snow that also includes an hour’s worth of rain…I did a pitiful job on the tiniest part of our driveway this afternoon, but man, that slush got the best of me.  I got probably the hardest upper arm work out since dislocating my shoulder in September…and I’m the cool kid in bed with a heating pad right now.  My poor back…

Onto more fun and exciting things, the Valentine Bug has finally bitten me.  I decided to start a couple Valentine-esque crafts this week.  Today’s was super cheap because I had almost all of the materials hanging around the house!  Check out what I threw together:

All you need are styrofoam balls, hot glue gun, yarn, decorative ribbon, and a glass container.  The only things I had to purchase were two bag of styrofoam balls.  I went for one bag of 6 medium size, and one bag of 12 smaller size.  Overall, with my coupon, I only spent a few dollars.  Win!  Here’s what I did.

First I went scouting through my yarn collection and came up with a couple different colors that reminded me of Valentines Day.  I came up with white, pink, maroon, purple, and turquoise.  The turquoise was more of just an added color pop, but I like how they all look together.

Step 1:  Add a small dot of glue to the styrofoam ball, and attach the end of your yarn.

Styrofoam ball, this is the medium size
Attach the end of your yarn to a small dot of glue

Step 2:  Begin to wrap your yarn around the foam ball.

Start wrapping the yarn around the ball

Step 3: Continue to wrap the yarn.  You can make yours nice and neat, but I chose to go for a messier look.

Continue wrapping until you can no longer see the foam underneath

Step 4: I just continued to wrap until you could no longer see any of the styrofoam underneath.  At this point I cut off the yarn and added another dot of glue to attach the end.  You want to make sure that the end is secure and will not unravel.

Step 5:  Find a glass, or plastic see-through, container.  I chose a Hurricane jar that I had lying around.  Here is what all my different colored yarn balls looked like:

At this point the project is complete.  I felt like my container needed a little something extra, so I went in search of some ribbon.  I decided to give it a little sparkle.

Sparkly ribbon

 But I still felt like it was missing something!  For a final touch I decided to add a little stripe of extra pink.

Extra splash of color with the ribbon

I’m pretty happy with the end result.  I think it gives the corner a nice little pop of color, and the Valentine’s/Spring color theme is getting me ready for the upcoming holiday!

Stay tuned for more Valentine themed projects this week!

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