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Hablas Español? Parlez-vous Français?

Baxter!  You know I don’t speak Spanish!

Actually, I do speak a small amount of Spanish and an even smaller amount of French but I think we all know what si and oui mean, no?

Here’s a cute little rustic sign I made for my Wall of Wanderlust.

diy rustic wood sign

When I made my mid century nightstands (more on that here), I used a wood scrap to color test my Danish Oil.  It sat in my scrap pile for months, until I got a wild hair to make it into a little sign.  One of those use what ya got projects, ya feel me?

diy rustic wood sign

The process here is pretty basic.  I used a sponge pouncer with white acrylic paint over a stencil to paint my letters on my scrap wood.

diy rustic wood sign

Here’s a fun little gif of the process.

diy rustic wood sign

To speed up the drying process since my stencils had to overlap, I used a hair dryer on the cool setting to dry each letter for about a minute.  As you can see in the gif, I used some washi tape to hold each letter steady while I dabbed my paint.

Then I painted the sides white, since there was a bit of finish overlapping onto them.  After doing the top side, I taped down the rest of the sides to make my lines more crisp.  I don’t have the steadiest of hands, guys.

diy rustic wood sign

diy rustic wood sign

Since the sides were bare, dry wood, they only took a few minutes to dry.  I flipped the board over and attached a sawtooth hanger (after measuring and marking the center of my board).

diy rustic wood sign

diy rustic wood sign

Then a quick tap-tap with my hammer and a nail on my wall and boom, this guy was right at home on a wall with French and Spanish postcards and maps and stuff.

diy rustic wood sign

I may decide to seal it at some point with polycrylic or something similar, but I kind of like the matte look it has.

Not bad for a little hour-long “I’m bored” project on a Sunday morning, oui?

Anyone else making multilingual wall art?  Por favor dime…

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DIY Floating Glass Frame and Smart Phone Art

With all of the hundreds of thousands of photo editing iOS and Android apps available these days, creating beautifully crafted photos and prints is in the palms of our hands.  Which is good, because I suck at photoshop.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

Confession: I’m a little bit addicted to the Waterlogue app.  If you haven’t heard about it yet, you might not be on instagram.  It basically makes any photo into a watercolor; and I could watch it work it’s magic ALL. DAY.  As demonstrated by just a few of my grams

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After playing with the app for a few days I knew I wanted to use it for some real life art, so I started combing through all of the phone pics I’ve taken over the last two and a half years (around 3,500 – eep).  I landed on flowers, because watercolors of flowers are the best kind of watercolors.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

The first is a picture of one of my zinnias from my garden two years ago and the other is a hibiscus planted by the pool in our complex.  The flowers are both so beautiful and both pictures have similar colors so methinks they’re a delightful match.

This is what waterlogue did to them (using the “travelogue” filter) – swoon.

Painted in Waterlogue Painted in Waterlogue

Then I decided to add one of my favorite, albeit cliche, quotes.  I pulled the pics into my Rhonna Designs app to add text.

Lets stop for a second…  If you like to jazz up your pics with text, pattern or doodles, Rhonna’s app is worth every single penny.  There are so many beautiful quotes, textures and designs within the app that I’ve literally spent hours playing around in it before.  Rhonna doesn’t know me from Adam (nor does Waterlogue by the by), I just feel like I need to give her, and the inspiring thousands of RD app users in her social community some props for creating such a positive and encouraging little corner of the interwebs.  You go, Rhonna!

Back to it… I brought the hibiscus pic into my Rhonna Designs app, chose a simple font and a favorite color, did a bit o’ typing and boom… my pic said CARPE.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

Next, the zinnia.  Same color, different text and boom… diem.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

PS I have zero typography knowledge and about the same amount of design skills, but I do know that I like the look of a sans serif paired with script so that’s what I did.  My advice if you’re doing a similar project is to explore whatever tools you have at your fingertips and spend time playing around and studying what you’ve done to see what speaks to you.

I printed them out on some nice heavy card stock because its durable and I like the look of it.  I used my paper slicer to cut off the excess paper.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

So lets talk about what I used to frame them, yes?  These 13.5″ square frames (17.5″ including the frame) with uhh, gambling prints (?) were a freebie from the fella’s mom’s coworker (try to stay with me).  The price tags on the back said they were $59.99.  A piece.  That’s a lotta dough, yo.  I’m lucky to know folks that will give me things like this for free!

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

I’m not much of a gambling artwork enthusiast – different strokes, different folks.  I gladly accepted the free frames knowing that I would paint them at some point.  The paper backing came off really easily, but the matting / print was staplegunned in.  I used needle nose pliers to pull them, but it wasn’t easy and I scraped my hand a little.  This is why protecting your hands / face etc is important people!  I had my protective glasses on but not my gloves.  Bad Jamie.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

After I pulled 30 some staples out of each frame I primed them (Zinsser B-I-N spray) and painted them using some of my leftover Delightful Moon by Valspar, which I also used on some art in my living room.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

As for how I turned them into floating print frames… I faux’d it.  I just took regular ol’ scotch tape and taped the edges of the prints down – after I centered them, of course.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

To keep the glass in, I broke out my staple gun.  To keep the recoil from the staple gun from cracking the glass, I folded a tea towel and laid it between the glass and my staple gun like so:

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

It worked quite nicely!  Which I’m super happy about, because I thought of it on the fly, and I wasn’t sure it was going to work.

Anyway, just like that they were ready to be hung!  I used my laser level (by far one of my most worthwhile purchases) to make sure they were level and hung them in our office / guest room in a place visible from my desk.

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

DIY Floating Glass Frames and Smart Phone Art

I may add another glass panel to the backs one day to make it them true floating glass frames, but I like the idea of being able to just pop these babies off of the wall and add new prints as the seasons (or even my moods) change.

I hope this post has inspired you to create some pretty prints of your own!  Anyone else out there using their smart phone to decorate their house?  Maybe you’re so busy waterloguing that you don’t have time to think about decor?  Do tell…

DIY Striped Wall Art

The great thing about wall art is that you can change it as often as you change your mind, and for me, that’s pretty frequent.  The great thing about making your own wall art is that you don’t have to spend a small fortune to add a piece to your collection.  Here’s my latest DIY wall art endeavor!

diy striped wall art

I started with two 16″ x 20″ canvases (about $4 with my Hobby Lobby coupon).  They got an all-over coat of Valspar Delightful Moon, the same buttery yellow that I used on my accent tables.

diy striped wall art

Several days later once that dried, I broke out the ol’ Frog Tape (which I’ve been known to use for wall art before).  I used little scraps of tape to space the stripes evenly.

diy striped wall art

Then I separated each stripe in random spots to make two stripes per line.

diy striped wall art

I recently picked up a couple more Valspar samples (I have a serious lack of control when Lowe’s releases their color palettes).  These are Redstone Blue Spruce (left) and Perfect Storm (right) from the Playful Pumpkin palette.

diy striped wall art

Each stripe got two coats of paint, Perfect Storm on the left and Redstone Blue Spruce on the right.

Just for funsies, here is a gif of my paint process:

diy striped wall art

I carefully pulled the tape off while the paint was still wet and was immediately obsessed with the bold, stripey design.  Imagine my face resembling the emoji with hearts for eyes.  Smitten!

diy striped wall art

After repeating the taping process (I measured the stripes on the first canvas and taped them off on the opposite side of the second) and repeating the painting process, I had two bold, stripey little works of art to put on our floating shelves in the living room!

They look really cool in both landscape and portrait orientation, so it will be fun to switch them around every now and again.diy striped wall artDo you have a favorite of the three orientations above?  Have  you made some wall art of your own lately?  Do tell…