When I design a room, I visualize what the end result will be. Sometimes I sit down and sketch it out and sometimes it is just a picture in my head. The challenge can be actually FINDING the accessories to materialize the vision.
Creating art pieces for your rooms can be super easy and cheap if you make it yourself. I don’t know if you have ever had this problem, but when I’m searching for the perfect accessories for a room, a lot of times, they don’t exist! I search and search which only ends in more frustration that the perfect GRAY TRUCK picture cannot be found anywhere.
I came to the conclusion a long time ago that making my own accessories is the best way to create the “perfect” finishing touches in a room I’m designing. It also helps to create a custom look when you accessorize with a creativity by creating unique pieces that cannot be found at the local target store. It’s pretty fun when someone says, where did you get this picture, and you can say, I MADE IT!
Now, don’t be afraid, I know some of you are thinking, “I’m not an artist.” Well believe me, you do NOT need to be an artist to create certain accessories like the one I’ll teach you how to make today.
Items you need:
A projector (just borrow one from a school teacher friend)
1 transparency (I bought a pack of 12 at Wal-Mart)
Craft paint in the color of your choice with a small firm paint brush
1 Blank canvas
A smidgen of spray paint in the color of your choice
The first thing you need to do is decide what design you’d like on your canvas. In this case, I decided on a truck. So, I googled “Truck clip art” and found one below. I liked it because it had simple lines.
Image source: http://www.arthursclipart.org/toys/toysbw/TRUCK.gif
Next, paint the canvas the color of your choice. In my case, I wanted it gray to match the bedding below.
Next, I printed out the truck onto a transparency (yes, right at home on my ink jet printer), and with a little help from my hubby (who has a level eye) we lined it up perfectly on the gray canvas.
Then, using the pencil, I traced the truck onto the canvas.
Warning: Be sure to go over EVERY line so you won’t be confused when you are painting on the design. I’ve learned this the hard way in the past.
Next, use a firm paint brush to paint the lines. I used plain old white, craft paint.
It turned out great!
Total cost? $5.00 for the canvas and the rest I had on hand!
I made the picture for my friend’s little boy’s room. She plans to hang it in between the navy blue shelves I posted about HERE. I think it looks great in this room! I also posted about the bedding and headboard HERE.
Have I convinced you to make your own art?