I finally got around to taking some pictures of my Halloween decorations this year so I could show you guys. The problem is that I alter them throughout the course of the season and I never really feel like they are done. But since Halloween is Friday and they will probably be coming down soon, I am finally ready to say they are done for the year. I did some of the same things I did last year (the hanging witch hat in the same place) but I did move things around a bit as well. This year felt a bit like I had a witch theme and I have a feeling our Salem trip might have contributed to that. Here are some scenes from around my house…
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Halloween Decorations 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Gold Leaf Cloud Art DIY
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
When I finished my mirror gallery wall, I had one extra little space that felt like it needed something. So I started trying to think of something I could make quickly with a tiny canvas I had that was the perfect size for the spot. Immediately I thought of some seriously beautiful cloud art by an amazing artist named Tara Andris that I have been coveting for some time. Since I just spent a bunch of money on other things for the wall, I didn’t really feel like I could buy anything else and furthermore she didn’t make a piece small enough for the spot. I decided I would copy her idea and see what would happen if I tried to make my own. Now I am not trying to imply that my little DIY in any way compares to the beauty of her art and probably significantly more complicated and sophisticated technique. If you guys are considering buying any art, you should definitely consider her dreamy clouds. That being said, here is what I did.
What you’ll need:
- a little canvas
- paint colors of your choice (I chose white and pink and blue for clouds)
- a packet of full gold or silver leaf sheets (all of the leaf items can be found at craft stores)
- gold leaf adhesive spray
- gold leaf sealer spray
- paint brush
What you’ll do:
(Some of these photos are from another similar DIY I did for Tiny Prints which is why the canvas size changes)
1. Move your clean white canvas to a well ventilated area and spray your canvas on the front and sides with your adhesive.
2. Since the spray adhesive is already sticky, you can go ahead and apply your gold leaf sheet. I found the easiest way to do this is to peel off a sheet of the gold leaf while still attached to the thin divider papers on each side. Handle the divider paper only as much as possible. The gold leaf is so thin that it will stick to your fingers. Remove the top divider paper and flip everything over so the gold leaf is facing down while laying it directly over your sticky canvas. I know this sounds complicated but you will understand what I mean as soon as you try to do it. Use the divider paper still on top of your leaf sheet to smooth it down on the front and sides of the canvas.
3. Use a dry paintbrush to smooth down the rest of the gold leaf and make it look lovely. You want to make sure to mush down any little air bubbles. Remove excess golf leaf from side and add to places that didn’t get covered.
4. Once your adhesive dries for a bit, spray your canvas with the sealer. Let dry.
5. Put your paints on a plate a palate and use your paint brush to start painting puffy little clouds. I used white primarily but would also mix in a little pink and dark blue. Just keep painting until it seems like enough, however, remember that the more you paint, the less gold will show. I tried to keep mine as simple as possible.
Super simple and really doesn’t require much artistic talent but I though it turned out pretty cute. Let me know if anyone gives it a shot or buys the real thing from Tara Andris so I can be jealous.
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Mirror Gallery Wall
Monday, June 23, 2014
I know it seems like Colleen and I are posting a new gallery wall from our homes like every other week. At least it feels that way to me. But this is actually only the second one I have done and Colleen has done 2 as well (one being gigantic) so that adds up to 4 in total between the two of us. So basically we don’t have 80 gallery walls like it seems. I promise. Anyways, there are several reasons I decided to do another one. The main reason being I had all of these pieces of art purchased on travels that I had nowhere to put. Also, I have been wanting a full length mirror on this wall in my bedroom for several years but never really found one I wanted that wasn’t at least 50 million dollars until I discovered this oval one at West Elm and conveniently had a gift card to help bring down the cost even more. Since it is so nice and simple, I thought it would be perfect to put a gallery wall around it. So that’s what I did.
Here are some sources for things that are available. Obviously a lot of these things were photos that I took, art that I bought overseas, or calligraphy that I made including that Dumbledore quote which I am kind of in love with if I don’t say so myself. Colleen and I are working on trying to make a shop for purchasing art and wedding calligraphy. In the mean time, if you have any interest, just email us. Currently, you can buy her photos here, but that will probably be moving soon as well.
1. Old floating frame from Target (no longer online) with photo by me from Notting Hill
3. Target frame with print from Ireland of the Cliffs of Moher
4. White Frame with photo by me from Trinity College Library Long Room in Dublin
5. Target frame with print from Bath of the Abbey
6. Frame from antique mall and calligraphy art by me
7. Art made for me by my buddy Taylor We loved Now and Then growing up
9. Target frame with Cappuccino photo by me. My last morning in England before flying home and the barista made my coffee with a heart. I thought it was the cutest and reminds me of how much I loved my trip.
10. Custom frame with lavender fields watercolor that Colleen brought me from Provence. One really obnoxious thing about art from other countries is that they are always random sizes and they require custom frames.
11. Target frame with mushy boyfriend picture
12. DIY art by me. Tutorial coming this week.
13. Frame from Dick Blick with calligraphy by me from the great Dumbledore
14. Frame with photo by me of garden gate with wisteria in Castle Combe, England.