No more “eh”

My bedroom wall  above my bed has been bare since I painted it blue about a year ago.  I learned a while back that it was better for me to be patient and wait until I found the PERFECT thing to hang rather than settle for “eh” and replace the first “eh” with some “blech” until I had become frustrated and hated it all.

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I had a very hard time finding art I liked.  The colors I had in mind were just not easy to find.  I had this throw pillow I had found at Target and was trying to pull colors from it with no luck.  But then!!  In a hotel in Miami, we found stretched fabric as art pieces and my mind started going to work.  It wasn’t a quick hunt.  I searched high and low and finally found fabric I thought would work, but can’t relocate the site I located the fabric on to give them credit.  Oops.

I read many tutorials on stretching fabric over artist canvases and took a little bit of wisdom from each one.

First, cut the fabric to fit over your canvases.  Be sure to leave enough to cover the whole frame, wrapping around to the back for stapling.

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Then, iron until it until it is as wrinkle free as a face lift after shot.  It is really important to get those wrinkles out, they will show.

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Side note:  One tutorial I read mentioned Modge Podge – ing the fabric at this stage.  I can see the benefit to this, as our fabric got quite wrinkly as we modge podged it later.  More on that in a minute.

Next, place your fabric face down on a solid surface and lay the frame face down on top of it, centering it on the fabric.  Staple opposite sides stretching as tight as that face lift shot again.  TIGHT!!

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After the fabric is secured like jiggle thighs in a girdle, flip it over and gaze at the beginning of awesomeness.  Wrangle up your helpers and get ready to get your Modge Podge on.   Just paint a nice coat over the fabric.  Ours got really saggy when it got all wet with the Modge Podge, so I just pulled it tighter and stapled it more.  Crafting cheater style.

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Let those babies sit for a long time to dry.  We did it right before bedtime, so I don’t know how long it actually took – by morning they were ready for blinging.   I have been spending so much time reading crafting blogs and everywhere I look, this glue is mentioned, so I picked some up at Hobby Lobby this morning.

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I now know why it is so loved.  Open the lid and you are instantly transformed into a 4th dimension.  It was an instant high.  Half of my brain cells destroyed.  If you have teenagers in the house, I suggest keeping this in your safe.

Anyways, since I was higher than a kite, and all was happy, I enjoyed adding some 3-D stuff just for fun.

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D – U – N Done!!  Now to hang them, which is Bill’s most favorite thing to do in the whole wide world.  In his mind, virgin sheet rock should never ever been touched.  So, I hired a helper for really cheap.  All I had to pay him was supper.

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He measured, he hammer, he leveled.  And he did a great job!!

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It is all straight and centered.  I was just standing on a dog bed when I took the picture, so it looks crooked, I promise.

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See the little birdie picture over there?  This one?

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Yeah.  That was me too.  I followed this tutorial.  Easy as can be.

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And that is a wrap of my do-it-yourself wall art project.  Good thing summer is coming to an end – I have more projects in mind.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crystal Maus
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 08:46:47

    I am impressed! Great work– it looks like a relaxing room.

    Reply

    • debpieper
      Aug 05, 2011 @ 08:49:56

      Bill said of my bag post a couple days ago, “This looks like a Crystal Maus project, good job!!” And that was a great compliment. 🙂 Miss you!

      Reply

  2. Larisa
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 09:25:15

    Love it!!! When I’m ready to decorate our room (it’s only been white walls w/some pictures for 12 1/2 years) I’ll give ya a call!!! 🙂

    Reply

  3. Kari
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 17:54:21

    Looks great, Deb! I’ve been wanting to do the fabric art for awhile, but I have nowhere to put it! When we get a house…. 🙂

    Reply

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