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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DIY Aged Artwork

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I want to show you the project that I did this weekend, inspired by Ashley and Jamin's awesome artwork that they have created for their home. 

They are so creative and there isn't anything they have included in their book that I don't love. (Be sure to read to the end for a nice little tip!)

I have had these in my dining room since forever:

tree artwork
 And, I loved it at one time, but it isn't me anymore.
So, I set to work!

I'm pretty much a painting rebel and just do it in the kitchen....right on the counter. All those little paint drips just wipe right up! 

I used gloopy old latex paint samples that I have had for a very long time. (That's what Ashley does, too!) I poured a bunch right on the canvas.

I did this on both canvases and forgot to take a pic of the start of the large one:

Paint poured on canvas
Paint on canvas
 I spread it with my paint brush and left brush lines going all different directions.

brush strokes in paint
Brush strokes in wet paint

spreading paint on canvas
Spreading paint on canvas

I didn't want it to be perfect!

Then, I traced out my wording in pencil, once the paint was dry. (Any stray pencil marks can be erased easily.)
pencil outline on canvas
Pencil outline on canvas
First Layer of paint
Once I had my outline, I started layering paint of different colors.

layered paint to achieve aged look
Layering paint to achieve aged look

I just kept layering until I achieved the look that I wanted.

I used my fingers to smear the paint and I swished a little paint of each volor across the canvas to give it a distressed look.

Once it was complete, I aged it with Old English furniture polish.  Yes, I know that is somewhat strange, but I didn't have any stain.

DIY aged artwork
Completed aged artwork

After I looked at it for a couple of days, I decided it that it needed a little something. I added brackets to each side to fill up the canvas more.

DIY word art and arrow

I really love the way it turned out! 

I created the arrow the same way.  I freehanded the arrow and layered the paint in the same manner.

The letters aren't perfect, but I really like it.  

I have created other artwork for the house, as well.  

This "Believe" sign hangs in the kitchen and hides our internet router.

Believe wood plank artwork
Believe Artwork hiding internet router

Large handpainted "F"
The "F" was cut out by Rex and I painted the stripes and allowed each one to bleed into the next.

It really doesn't have to be perfect. As long as you love the pieces you create it IS perfect for your home.  And, I guarantee, the pieces you create will get many more comments than anything else in your home.

Now go get creative!

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