Saturday, June 5, 2010

Quick and Easy Summer Decor

Like so many of us, I like to have seasonal touches throughout the house. In the Spring, I made a 12x12 canvas that I put in the powder room and when I took it down for Summer, the place where it was looked so bare that of course I had to make another one for Summer. Right? Had to?

This was a super quick and easy project.

  • 12x12 pre-stretched canvas ( I got mine on sale @ Ben Franklin for $2 or $3)
  • Acrylic paint ( I used Folk Art Linen and Ceramacoat White)
  • Clipart ( found mine online)
  • Desktop Publishing program (I generally use  Printshop Deluxe)
  • Clear label paper ( I'm in love with Avery 8665)
  • Bag o shells from Michaels ($6.99 before the 40% off coupon of course!) and not the $16 bag from Pottery Barn!
Paint canvas with linen paint. Impatient people like me assist the drying process with a blow dryer.
I only did one coat because I wanted it to look aged. Dry brushed that with the white.
Using your graphics program, make a layout that you'll print on your label paper:

"Sea Shells" sounds so much better in French 

Print your images, cut out and arrange on your dried canvas. Choose some shells and glue on. Wait for glue to dry and take pictures to put on your blog because you're too impatient for the glue to set to take a picture where the canvas is actually going :)

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Trish @ A dream house for Trish said...

Ha Ha Ha , I love it.... both your art work & your honesty about your impatience!!! A girl after my own heart!!!

Mama Hen said...

Hopping by from Friday! You have a great blog. You also have a new follower! Come visit me at Mama's Little Chick.

Mama Hen

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

Nice work! I don't know how you do it!! I am in no way crafty... so I follow your blog and watch you do all the work! :)

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Thanks all for the comments. Mama Hen, I'll come pay a visit.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Seashells in in language is beautiful! Great project!

Anonymous said...

i love the seashells...ur so crafty :D great project!!

Unknown said...

It's too cute! I must be in the dark ages because I didn't know there were sheets of blank labels.

Great idea & tutorial.

Unknown said...

WOW! How charming and beautiful! You are so talented!
Thank you for linking to French Obsession!
Have a great day!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

This looks adorbale! I love inexpensive and easy wall art! Simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Its A Blog Party said...

Love it! Very adorable!
Thanks for linking up!

Anji* said...

This is really cute - summery and beachy. Fabulous!

Unknown said...

I still haven't tried the labels, but it's on my 'list'!

I included this project in my Wall Ideas post today :)

Kelli W said...

I love the mix of printed shells and real shells! And you are right, seashells sounds very pretty in French!