Showing posts with label DIY artwork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY artwork. Show all posts

Monday, 26 August 2013

Photocopy Your Fabric for Endless Decorating Options


This week my daughter Poppy and I had a bit of a tidy-up and a rearrange of her bedroom. We put things away, packed up clothes that were too small, changed furniture around… all fun things!

I couldn't resist buying this really pretty doona set from Ezibuy for Poppy's room. I liked the floral side, rather than the stripey one. It's one of the prettiest ones I've seen lately.

I wanted to cheaply make a couple of pictures to co-ordinate with Poppy’s new doona cover, so I purchased two white frames from Kmart. I can't remember how much they were - a few dollars each.

I have (in a previous post)painted a copy of some fabric onto a canvas, but this time I wanted to do something that was a bit more quick and easy.

I didn't really want to cut up the pillowcase, so I had to think of another way to quickly get the same look as the material on the doona cover.

So I stuck the pillowcase into my printer/photocopier and photocopied it! 

It turned out really nicely.

I did put a wad of A4 paper into the pillowcase before I photocopied it, just so the colours wouldn't be affected by the material on the other side of the pillowcase coming through on the photocopier.

Then it was a simple matter of cutting the pieces of paper to size, and putting them into the frames. 

I also removed the stand from the back of the frames, just so that the frames would sit properly on the wall.

This project opens up ENDLESS ideas for decorating options. You might have lots of things that you like the pattern of, but don’t really want to cut up. For example, a tablecloth, a skirt or a cushion cover that you have purchased. Just put it in the photocopier and see how it turns out!

You could make more framed artwork with your photocopies, or maybe some bunting, or maybe even get some of your paper laminated to put around your home (like at the back of a cabinet with blue-tac for some colour in the shelves).

Enjoy your week, and I hope you manage to fit in a creative project of your own!

Happy photocopying!


Thursday, 14 February 2013

Simple Valentine's Day Art for the Home


Happy Valentine's Day! I love Valentine's Day - all the pretty gifts in the stores, hearts everywhere and obviously the possibility I might get a Valentine's from a secret admirer! 

This week I have made some really simple Valentine's art for my home. First the cross stitch heart print.

I made this on a simple Word program using Helvica font in size 64. It took all of 2 minutes to make the heart print and then I just played around with the colours until I got a combination I loved.

I just printed it out on a colour printer and popped it into a frame I already had - apologies for the photo - (you can see my image in the reflection on the glass).

For the second one, you might remember last year I played around with freezer paper printing - see here..... anyway, ever since I made the cute little gold heart I had been debating what I should do with it. 

I simply popped it into a frame and it was done! 

I also realised I've done quite a few other Valentine's Day inspired posts - I think my favourite is the little heart brooch. It's just so so sweet.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Caity x

Monday, 21 January 2013

Painted Avocado Packaging Design


The idea for this DIY artwork came to me one day after I’d been grocery shopping and purchased some avocadoes. I bought a pair of them, and they came in some lovely charcoal-coloured, moulded cardboard packaging. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of it but it was something like this…
I immediately noted down my idea in a quick drawing.

Then I used a piece of good-quality plywood purchased from Bunnings (because I just love plywood at the moment), and roughly drew the design onto it.

I knew the sorts of colours I wanted to use: Grid, Ogen Yellow and Bright Delight (all Dulux), and basically I just started painting!

Once I’d finished with the colours, I knew that there was still something missing from the design. So I got out my permanent marker and drew a few extra design bits on with it!

I’m donating this painting to a local charity organisation to use as part of their upcoming fundraising event. I hope whoever ends up with it likes it on their wall.

Next time you’re grocery shopping, see if you can find a design tucked away somewhere!

Happy painting!


Monday, 14 January 2013

A Budget Living Room Renovation: Before and After Photos

Home Decorating:

This living/dining room is in the spare cottage on our property – it’s the house where our visitors, friends and family stay when they come to visit us. It is certainly shaping up to be a lovely house... but USED to be an absolute eyesore (as you can see from the 'before' photos!) 

I've featured a couple of rooms from this house on the blog before. After quite a few years of work, I’m finally getting this house finished!

This living room was certainly a budget makeover! I basically cleaned, filled gaps, fixed anything broken, and then painted… and painted… and painted! 

I did all the work myself (this is why it has taken so long, but at least I saved money!) That said, there were a few things that I had to pay to get help with fixing, like the tiling behind the heater. I had so much to do that I just couldn’t get my head around having to learn how to tile as well! I did pay our builder to do that for me - he very kindly even GAVE me the tiles as he had them leftover from another job – what a nice bloke.

For the flooring… I was going to put lino throughout the whole house but it was just TOO expensive, so I ripped up all the old carpet and painted the floors. I used two coats of decking paint (in white), and then used a heavy duty furniture varnish over the top to seal it all. It is wearing very, very well. This meant that I only had to put lino in the rooms where there were no floorboards. The flooring now all looks fresh, clean and lovely!

For the decorating, I again used everything that I already had. There is nothing in either of these rooms that I didn’t already have lurking in my shed and cupboards (I’ve been buying furniture from op-shops and the like for years!) I am also very lucky to have been given lots of leftover furniture from family.

All the artwork on the walls is budget too – they’re all DIY except for the black and green design one above the bookshelf… it was destined for the scrap heap after my sister had a throw out from her course at University; a friend of hers had painted it. That was a lucky find!

In these photos you can also see some wrapping paper art, like in one of Caity’s posts, a framed business card near the kitchen door, my stick wall hanging, my clip art botanical prints, leaf pictures and peg print. Above the fireplace are some lovely wooden placemats that my mother-in-law gave me, which also look great as pictures.

I hope these photos give you some ideas for YOUR next project.

Happy decorating!


Monday, 7 January 2013

Big Red Egg Painting on Plywood


This project was quick, cheap and easy! I knew I wasn’t going to have much time this week, and this painting literally took me half an hour to complete, including drying time!

My lovely Christmas tree picture had to come down this week, and I wanted to put something bright and modern and with a touch of Scandinavian in its place.

So I purchased a piece of good quality plywood from Bunnings for about $16 (900 x 600 x 12), drew my egg outline on it in pencil, and then painted it. The colour I used was Dulux Red Alert.

It’s a VERY simple design (no skill required!), but the picture looks so contemporary hanging on my kitchen wall.

This project also has endless possibilities for variations in colour and choice of object. Even a set of three plywood panels with different coloured eggs would look great too.

Happy painting!


Monday, 19 November 2012

Packing Tape Picture for Christmas


This artwork would have to be one of the quickest and easiest projects I’ve ever done - no painting or any particular skill required! It looks so modern and funky up on the wall.

I was trying to come up with ideas for cheap, original and easy to make Christmas presents the other day while I was in K-Mart… I saw the packing tape for $5 and then had the idea to make some artwork with it. 

This project is so simple that children could make it as their present to give away too.

I purchased a medium-sized canvas from a bargain shop for about $15. This design would also work really well on a large canvas.  I left the canvas as it is (white).

Then I got out my packing tape and started wrapping it around the canvas. Don’t worry about doing any sort of design, just wrap it around randomly and do lots of layers. I started with red, then yellow, then green, then blue, then black (as the first layer). Then I completed the picture by using the green, yellow and red again for the top layers, in order to give it a ‘lighter’ look.

Once I’d finished I cut a hole in the back with scissors so that I could hang it up!

So easy! Someone would love getting this for Christmas I’m sure.

Happy making!