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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Avengers Silhouette wall art PIC HEAVY on: September 23, 2012 05:44:02 PM
I don't know which thread this goes under.   Is it reconstructed?  I used torn-up magazine pages for the color, but the canvases and paint were all new materials.  Anyway, our house needs art, big time.  I wanted to make something that really reflects our family, instead of just buying something with flowers or whatever.  So, I give you: Avengers Wall Art! (mixed media)

I found silhouettes of four of our favorite Marvel heroes and printed them out onto contact paper, then cut out the silhouettes using an EXacto knife. 

On each canvas, I made a collage of colorful magazine paper, using one dominant color for each hero.  Hulk's is green with some purple, Iron Man's is red with some yellow, etc.  This was laid down using Paper Mod podge. 

Then, I lay the contact paper down onto the dried collage, and painted over them with a small roller.  The roller was my husband's idea, and a good one at that.  Some paint still seeped under the contact paper, making the edges a lot messier than I wanted.  However, this is not an issue when looking from a reasonable distance. 

I added some details my husband requested to make Cap, Spidey, and Iron Man look more like themselves.  They are just painted on with acrylic.

Here's what it looks like if your living room is really messy so you figure adding some art rather than cleaning up will help. 

Comments/critiques welcome.  This was a lot of fun to make!
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Photo "Canvases" made from cereal and snack boxes on: September 22, 2012 03:29:08 PM

The bedroom was sorely low on artwork.  My house overall really needs some wall love.  So, here are some "canvases" I made to make our bedroom happy.  They are photos of my husband and me, lovin' on each other, to remind us to treat each other this way every day.  Seeing them makes us look in each others' eyes more often.  And I just wanted to make some cool art! 

Here's what I did: saved cereal and other shallow cardboard food boxes.  Painted over them with some white primer (after not doing so the first time and insuffficiently covering the logo) 

Then I printed pictures I liked on the laserjet.  The quality of our printer is just terrible.  But this was concealed when I mod-podged the pictures onto the boxes. 
Then, I painted the edges black, in a messy artistic sort of way, to cover the ends of the picture on all sides. 

The vignette you see below the pictures consists of some of our favorite books held up by bookends and a homemade vase that was a bottle with the inside spray-painted white. 
33  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Zombie tree skirt or table topper on: August 15, 2012 11:26:59 PM
This is really, really cool and unique.  Not what I expected from the title, captures the zombie feel better than a more explicit image.  So artistic and neat, great job!
34  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Tons and Tons of Halloween scrapbook paper! on: August 15, 2012 11:25:38 PM
Hey guys, I'm open to any ideas how I can creatively use all this Halloween scrapbook paper.  I'm not planning on making a scrapbook of this particular holiday, but I'm not opposed to a photo related project.  I'm usually so good at this, but can't think of anything for some reason!  

I have paper of all the other holidays, too.  Same dilemma.

If I make something you suggest I'll be sure to post a photo. :=)
35  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Instagram-Inspired Family Photos Wall Art- pic heavy on: July 30, 2012 10:43:27 PM

I've been wanting to make some cool wall art out of all these photos on my phone!  I'm a terrible photographer, but I'm the ony one we got.  I can't let all these mediocre photos go to waste, so I did what all my friends on the internet do, use all the filters built into Picasa (and some from Instagram) to make the photos look trendy and cool!  I cropped them all to squares of equal size and printed them out with my inkjet:

(My dog wanted to help cut the pictures out, but I explained to her that she could not because she had no thumbs)

I wanted to mount these on something cheap or free, and I scored!  The lady at JoAnn let me have a couple of the cardboard inserts that bolts of fabric come on.  I had my son paint them black. 

I let the paint on the boards and the ink on the photos dry for a full day before moving on. 
After cutting out the photos, I arranged them on the boards to make sure the different colors were spread out and made a tile effect, then drew lines onto the boards to guide me where to place the pictures.  I then carefully Mod-Podged them on.

they took about a day to dry, and then I mounted them with some poster strips (command?  3M? Eh I don't remember.)

There was some measuring and messing around with the computer to make these fit nicely, which would be too boring to read, and too much of a pain to go into.  It did take some math to make this happen.  But it was fun, and now that I have some practice, I'd like to make a nicer one with better materials. 

36  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Finn Hat for my boy on: July 30, 2012 10:15:49 PM
My stepson told me the other day he is so glad I can sew because he loves cosplay!  We have taught him to be proud of his nerdy side, especially since we a re a huge family of nerds.  Anyway, on to the good stuff. 

I made him his Finn hat per his most recent request.

Finn is the hero of our favorite show, Adventure time. 

 I found a pattern here: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/pop/1280

Measured his head and then adjusted the pattern to fit.  Bought some fleece, and basically made two of everything, carefully sewed the two hats together and turned righside-out through a small hole on the inside.  He wears it all the time even though it's almost 80 degrees these days. 

I'm proud, this is the most professional looking thing I've ever made, and he loves it, which makes me happy.
37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: tea-towel tutorial on: July 11, 2012 07:35:47 PM
Just wondering, does your ironing board have a covering that you can measure hems on?  If so, that's awesome and I need to try to make something like that!
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: new dog bed from old sofa on: June 15, 2012 08:18:55 AM
This looks awesome and your dog seems to like it! My dog looks a lot like yours, do you know what kind of dog she is? Worth a shot, she is a mystery to us. Also, she will not tolerate dog beds but rather shreds them while we sleep.
The upholstery looks great on that and I'm inspired to make something similar! (for the other dog)
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Embellished cut off shorts! on: May 16, 2012 12:43:30 PM
These look really fantastic and cute.  A lot like something we'd sell at my work.
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ticket Stub Shadow Box! {Just enough pictures} :) on: April 24, 2012 08:55:53 AM
This is a great project! My husband has saved all his ticket stubs do I think I wanna do this!

But... Why swear off doing stuff you saw on Pinterest? What do you have against it? It's just links to other people's blogs and even posts on here. Is it just because it's popular? Cause sometimes things are popular because they're cool...
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