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30 September 2010

MORE Alternative Artwork and Framing Ideas!

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 I've had a lot of interest (#1 on yahoo search...yeah!) in the alternative framing post I did way back when HERE.  I have to warn you the photography is not all that grand...don't be shocked :)  Anyway, I decided to do some more posts on alternative artwork and framing because it seems like many folks are looking for it!!

This is an example of a non-stretched canvas.  They are about 1/2 price of the stretched canvases and I like the casual look of it.  I simply folded and nailed this one to the wall, but you can certainly buy a cheap frame or find a cheap painting at a thrift store and nail the canvas to it yourself to save $30-40.



We recently moved and I had a bunch of leftover photos, frames, etc that no longer "fit" in the groupings I had in previous homes.  Some of them went into storage until I can use them properly again, but this grouping went together in a hallway based on the color scheme.  All of the photos and frames have a large amount of brown in them.  Many of the photos have a sepia overlay, and all of the frames are either a light blond wood or a beech colored wood.  The small canvas in the middle is color, but  the skin tone reflects the blond wood and the darker browns in the photo reflect the beech woods.  This canvas is placed near center because it is unique and pulls all of the colors in the grouping together.  The entire grouping makes a large rectangle, so it has form and it also serves to camouflage the ugly plastic light switch a bit.



This is a super easy and cheap way of framing kid's art.  My kids don't always have a long attention span to makes big pieces of art, but they are able to make many small pieces.  I cut card stock into pieces and had my son draw all of the various things we did at Hershey Park.  I limited the cardstock colors to 3 and the crayons to 3 colors as well.  The look is slightly random, but cohesive and we've got a great framed memory of our child's artwork as well as a great reminder of trips to the park.



I have kept footprints of my older boys in books, but with the youngest, I decided to make a little bit of cheap art with them.  I took a free piece of plywood and painted it with leftover neutral paint.  I painted my kiddos feet with white paint and *very carefully* placed the footprints on the board.  Every few months I make another set and watch his feet "grow".  It is attached to the wall with 6 simple decorative nailheads (maybe a penny apiece?)  So basically a free project...and yes, that is a baby sleeping there :)


Another option when  you are looking at wall after wall of blank space, but have little money for artwork, is shelving.   I actually picked up a bunch of these white shelves when they were on closeout clearance at Home Depot for a penny each.  (These deals are amazing by the way...when they are clearing out stock, you can sometimes by tons of stuff for next to nothing!)  To make the shelf display cohesive, I used kraft paper fro the dollar store to wrap books, sprayed a basket white (where I store baby meds), a free giveaway photo album and a 30 cent car from TJMaxx.  It was 30 cents because it was missing a wheel, so you can't play with it, but it works perfectly to sit on top of a book and look cute! :)


...the other option is to pull paint off the wall to make modern art...at least that's what my 2 year old things :)


In the basement I found a huge canvas... can you see it hiding along the wall back there?
Well, I didn't really like the 80's pastel paint artwork, so I painted it myself...hello birdie!
There were already art lights on the ceiling to display it - yay!


To the right is another little project I am working on.  The little brown squares are various sized canvases that I painted a basic khaki brown.  They will turn into something interesting before long...I am thinking of spray painting around the edges of various leaves for imprints...but we'll see...stay tuned!  i've also got a great project in store for a wall and a screen and another wall...oh and these great panels from IKEA that will go above our bed...more more more to come!

For more ideas, check out Pinterest HERE.  There are some beautiful, creative ideas on how to display your stuff!  If you would like to join Pinterest, just email me for a referral!

...and for more creative ideas, check out  My Romantic Home's SHOW and TELL!!

8 COMMENTS:

Holly Anne Friday, October 01, 2010  

i madly love the little baby feet above the crib. i have a 5 month old and we have no art in his room. i posted that picture on my interior design blog http://firsthome.tumblr.com the photo links back to your page, hope you don't mind!

allenaim photography and design Saturday, October 02, 2010  

no- I love it! THANKS!

little petite Thursday, October 06, 2011  

I love the footprint paint idea! I have a newborn & want to do this. what kind of paint did you use for the footprints? Thanks!

Cheena Friday, December 23, 2011  

This is beautiful, I especially like the framed art by kids...If you have a moment, do stop by and post some of these beautiful drawings on www.littlesketchers.com!

Thanks!!

Pint Size Saturday, August 25, 2012  

Love. What paint did u use on babies feet?

Pint Size Saturday, August 25, 2012  

Love, what paint did you use on babies feet?
Thanks

Pint Size Saturday, August 25, 2012  

What paint did u use on babies feet?

Amy Renea Saturday, August 25, 2012  

Pint size - a bunch more details of the process are at http://www.anestforallseasons.com/2011/06/have-you-seen-my-babys-feet-diy-baby.html

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