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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





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…


MORE Wall Art?!

Yep, I have more wall art to talk about!  We have LOTS of wall space too, so this is definitely not the last post to be written on the subject here at Jamie’s Home Blog…

Between the mixture of bachelor and bachelorette furnishings that my fella and I combined when we moved in together, and the lack of wall decor or even a headboard, our bedroom wasn’t much to look at.  As I’ve said before, apologies for the muddy iPhone pics…

Bedroom Before

One day, while I was not at all sitting in a meeting, I doodled this:

Doodle of Dream Bedroom

Recognize the bench?  That drawing was the idea I had for our room.  Simplicity with a touch of mid-century.  And this is the story of the wall art in that doodle. One face-melting hot sunny Texas day, my Mom and I went garage sale hoppin’.  Well, first we went to this great little hole in the wall fabric shop that had no air conditioning.  We were basically surrounded by fabric insulation in a smallish room on a 100 degree day… and it was only about 10am at this point.

Obstacles of Fabric

Fabric Store

But I digress… At one of these garage sales we visited I came across six 8.5″ x 12.5″ frames priced at $2 per.  I offered up $10 they were mine!  I’m sure I could have haggled her even lower but I had a $10 on me so that made it easy.  The art wasn’t my style but that hasn’t ever stopped me from purchasing useful frames for sure!

Frames / Weird Flower Art

I lucked into finding some Krylon Coral Isle at my local Jo-Ann.  I’m not sure that color is regularly sold in my area.  I looked for it at several locations of a big retailer that carries Krylon (you know, the dreaded “W”) and didn’t find it!  So you better believe I bought all three cans that were on the Jo-Ann shelf!  I demonstrated my love for the color with this fancy Instagram.

Krylon Coral Isle on a Frame

You know how the process works… Spray a coat of primer (I prefer Zinsser BIN) and several light coats of paint.

Krylon Coral Isle on Frames

Then it was time to make the art!  I still have tons of leftover Allen + Roth basketweave textured wallpaper from my dresser project.  I affixed it to poster board with spray adhesive and then cut it to fit my frames, using the original art as my template for size.

Creating Wall Art

I had some trouble deciding what color these wallpaper / posterboard “mats” should be.  I’m a very visual person so I did the below “mock up” to give myself an idea of what the final product should look like.  Don’t worry, the twine taped on the paper makes sense in a minute.

Wall Art Color Decision Making Process

The peachy coral in the center at the bottom was the winner!  I mixed acrylic paint with water (and a little mod podge for some sheen) and used a simple sponge brush to paint it on.

Acrylic Paint, Water and Mod Podge

Paint Mixture on Wallpaper

Once they were dry, I hot-glued pieces of twine equal lengths apart in the middle of each mat.

Twine on Textured Wallpaper

Now the fun part!  I popped them into the frames and hung them over our bed using a laser level.  Please excuse the poor lighting in my poor iPhone pics.  A photographer, I am not.


To be honest – I wasn’t that crazy about them at first but they’ve really grown on me.  They have a sort of calming and serene quality – perfect for a room where we mainly rest!  I’m feeling good about my progress thus far in this room, that’s certain.

Bedroom Progress

Is anyone else getting good deals at the thrift shop?  Who has made something that they didn’t like initially, but have come to love over time?  Do tell…

Worldly Wall Art – Part II

In my last post I talked about some frames that hung around for a long time that finally got some love and attention.  Those postcards that I framed have some company!  Lindsey at Better After recently wrote about some goodies that she got from Map My State (did this sentence have enough links in it for you?).  I fell in love!  I ended up purchasing two prints.

Map My State Prints

Texas and Michigan are close to my heart.  I was born in Kalamazoo, MI.  My whole family is from various cities in The Great Lakes State.  From Holland to Dearborn and beyond, we have Michigan covered!  We moved away when I was young, and I totally wish I could go up and visit more often.  I have lived in Texas suburbs in the DFW Metro Area since I was six years old.  And that mega handsome boyfriend of mine was born in Dallas and grew up in the DFW suburbs too.  Many of our memories were made here, and we both consider the area our forever home.  Suffice to say, Michigan and Texas are pretty special places to the fella and me.  So adding high-quality, visually beautiful prints of both of them to our little “travel wall” seemed like a no-brainer to me!

All we needed were frames.  I love going thrift shopping.  I was out on one of my thrift-shop-hops with my Mom (my favorite thrifting partner) and found two frames whose shapes were nearly identical.  Seriously, I think one of them is maybe one millimeter shorter than the other.  The funniest part is that I found the first one – an espresso finish with gold – and said it would be perfect if it had a twin, and before I even finished my sentence I found the same shaped frame with the same gold detail on it in a walnut finish.  Praise the frame gods!  AND they were $1.98 each.  Praise the thrift gods!

Fraternal Twin Frames

I got ’em home, gave ’em a light sanding and wiped ’em down with a cloth to prepare for my favorite part of the process: spray painting!

Frames Prepped For Priming

They got a coat of my go-to primer, Zinsser B-I-N.  Seriously, that stuff sticks to air.  And then this happened:

Primer Fingerprint

It was one of those “Oh no, there’s a particle on it, get it off!  Oh shouldn’t have touched that…” moments.  There’s a reason the can specifically outlines a “dry to touch” time, folks.  File that under DIY Duh… Or Primer Problems.  So I sanded and did a quick re-spray on the spot that I messed up and then let it dry for the appropriate length of time.

I followed up with Rustoleum American Accents in flat white to match the other frames on the wall.

Flat White Painted Frame

And after my least favorite part – the 48 hour dry time – I brought them inside and was reminded that one of them was missing the hanging hardware.  Luckily, I had some sawtooth hangers on hand, so I just measured to find the center and attached the hardware with the provided nails to the back of the frame.  Sidebar – I really love my tools, especially the mini ones…  Hold me closer, tiny hammer.

Tiny Hammer

Then the frames got all dressed up with their new prints!

Framed Texas and Michigan Prints

I used my usual method for deciding where on the wall these guys would hang: paper and tape.  A piece of ruled paper was close enough to the size of my frames and did just fine helping me visualize what they’d look like in their final state.  I tried a few different formations before I landed on my favorite.  As you can see, Turkish Pup was happy to help…

Frame Gallery

I don’t think frame galleries always have to be exactly symmetrical but it worked best for these prints.  That may change if I find myself adding to this group later on, who knows.  For now, they look great where they’re at!  Now me and the fella are reppin’ our favorite states with style!

Worldly Wall Art Frame Gallery

Worldly Wall Art Frame Gallery

Oh and I’d like to give a shout-out to the folks at Map My State!  I never received a tracking number when my order was shipped, and when I emailed to inquire about it they responded in less than 30 minutes!   They were super helpful and sweet, and my prints came out great!  Overall a fantastic experience with this company!

Who else is showing love to their favorite states with prints or an art project?  Do tell…

Worldly Wall Art – Part I

I’m back after a bit of a hiatus, folks.  And I am mega excited about some of the things I’m working on right now.  One of them is the wall above our sectional.  I mentioned once that I had a few empty frames hanging there…  If I’m keepin’ it real (and you know I am) I’ll tell you that these four 8 x 10s hung in this position for about eight months!

Travel Wall Art Gallery

Yep.  We looked at four framed stock photos of sand dollars for THAT. LONG.  Shame, shame Jamie.  Sidebar – how cool is the world map the frames are surrounding?  Check out the detail on that bad boy!

Michael Thompsett Map

The countries are made up of sheet music!  The art is by Michael Thompsett.  I originally bought it on Hayneedle’s flash site The Foundary but his work can be found here on Hayneedle, among other places, and they’re all so pretty!  I liked it so much that I also bought the dinosaur one for my dino-enthusiast sister.

It would be prudent to note that my posts aren’t sponsored by Hayneedle or Michael Thompsett or anyone else – I just write about things I love/places I shop.  

Back to the frames.  Even though I didn’t have anything to put in them (evidently for eight months), I had to snag them.  They were on sale at Michael’s for $5.98 each!  Once I hung them around the map, I bookmarked my brain to keep an eye out for maps, skylines or anything “place-related” that would work in the frames.  Eight months later (have I mentioned the length of time that the frames were naked yet?) my June Birchbox subscription treated me to some super cute postcards!  Each one depicts a different major city and says hello in that particular city’s language.

Birchbox Wanderlust Postcards

And aren’t the bright colors so fun?!  I switched the layout of the frames since the designs on the card are landscaped.  To mount them, I just flipped over the sand dollar stock pics, measured where I wanted the postcard and secured it to the backs of the stock pics with a bit of tape – easy peasy!  I recently made a purchase that I’ll be adding to this wall later in the week.  Stay tuned for that.  For now, here’s what we look at right before we plop our bums down on the sofa (dog included).  Much better than before, no?

Worldly Wall Art

I’d say not bad for $20 in frames and free postcards!  I’m still on the lookout for some curtains that I love to cover our super 80’s blinds – ah the thrill of the search!  I’d also love to paint the walls but that may take some convincing with the landlord.  We shall see!

Any other Birchboxers out there that loved their Wanderlust postcards as much as me?  And who else has let empty frames sit for months on end?  I know I’m not the only one… Do tell…