Friday, April 17, 2009

An Oil Change




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$4 oil pastels from Walmart (for a mother of two who can't make it to the arts and crafts store so easily), $3 black frames from Walmart, and plain old white printer paper (don't make me say it...also from Walmart)

= art


Real. True. Colorful. Art.

I was waiting to put something up behind our sofa in the living room until I was certain that it'd be something that I loved. I've always been enamored with this look from the 2008 House of the Year in Country Living and wanted to do a similar display.



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My brain prefers line art bontanicals but my eye gravitates towards bold splashes of color. I was lacking inspiration last Friday evening when I wanted to get to work and make something for the wall, so I browsed Art.com and was filled with all sorts of capital H happiness when I happened upon this print, which became the inspiration for my wall art.

One of the reasons that I love homemade art is that I have no qualms about taking it down, putting it back up, and moving it here or there and, quite possibly, everywhere in between. You can reuse pieces over and over again. I plan to store these, since they're on 8.5 x 11 in white printer paper (I need canvases, what?) in sheet protectors inside of a binder. I'm thinking watercolor ferns may be my next foray into unleashing my wannabe artist. I also plan on hanging plain white dishes in juxtaposition with this artwork, but I'm not 100% on how I'm doing it yet. Gotta let the inspirabug bite first.

Some of my favorites



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My dad and Alice make a lovely accent on Easter, dontcha think? (I pray that you and your family enjoyed a beautiful and blessed one!) And, yes, those frames are kinda wibbly-wobbly-kijobbly...I hung them myself. It was hard to balance a level, nails and a hammer while standing on that sofa. ("No, Ed! I can do it MYSELF!" wife rant...)



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P.S. Do you wear shoes in your house? Eek...I'm one of those who doesn't. New house, new carpet (anal retentiveness excuses, I know). My poor, obliging father! Someday I'll snap out of it. Though I do love a good pair of slippers!

40 comments:

  1. Those are so precious! And cheerful!

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  2. The pictures look lovely! I would have a shoe-less house if it were up to me, but hubby always "forgets."

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  3. You are AMAZING. You have me scouring sites for silhouettes, sheet music, and everything else you can imagine for my upstairs hallway. And now this... you're gonna have me filling up every square inch of my house!!! I just love everything you do.

    Oh, and no, I do not wear shoes. At first, it was because we had brand new carpet in a brand new house, but that promptly got destroyed when we moved two kids, two cats, and a foster dog in. So now we have hardwood everywhere but the bedrooms, and I still won't wear my shoes. I have a thing about needing to feel the floor when I clean. I have no idea why this is. I say... it's your home, so you make the rules! :)

    Blessings!

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  4. i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVB these. Fill free to make me some. :) Just kidding. Ok not really! They look amazing!

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  5. Ooh, you've inspired me! :) I'm rather new to this blog, and absolutely love what I've seen so far.
    And my apartment is totally shoe-free! :) Even my students who come for music lessons know to automatically leave their shoes at the door. Saves so much work!

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  6. Shoes?? What are shoes??
    I wear them only when I have to.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE those paintings, you did a fabulous job.

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  7. Fabulous! I love the contrast between the frames and the art. Beautiful, FRUGAL art..lovin' it!

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  8. Oh, and I don't wear shoes in my house only because I prefer going barefoot! My hubby has to wear slippers because his poor feet are so ticklish...lol! Our kiddos run around barefoot except for wintertime. But we don't make no shoes a rule for guests that come in. Our carpets are ruined for good anyway..lol!

    I also wanted to say I loved your made up word 'Wibbly wobbly kijobbly"...I make up words all the time! :)

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  9. Sticky tac works really well under cheap Walmart frames.. :) to make them level. I like it alot!

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  10. You've done an amazing job! I LOVE the results, and I MAY steal the idea for later...

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  11. I think your wall looks great! I need to re-do a couple in our home, and I think something along these lines would be fabulous!! And I think it is great that you got such a cool look for less by doing it yourself and using Wal-mart.
    As for the shoes...we don't wear them inside. Most of our guests do however, there are a few who know our "no-shoes" policy and oblige (which is so sweet of them!). One thing different though...we have tile throughout the house (except the bedrooms). Makes a BIG difference as far as clean up goes. I just don't like dirty shoes on the floor where my baby crawls and picks up forgotten cheerios!

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  12. Please go check out my blog, I have passed an award your way. Robin

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  13. These are great!! Bold graphic color against the white background and black frames! Love your interpretation from your inspiration! :>

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  14. I love your art! So creative and so frugal. I have two artists still at home, so I think I'll make them get to work!

    We don't wear shoes inside, either. Actually, I just don't wear shoes unless I absolutely have to.

    Have a great week.

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  15. You are a pro at taking great ideas and making them amazing and affordable!

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  16. Wow, very inspiring! Great idea.

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  17. Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for sharing that with us! We love your
    site!! Amen & amen! :)

    Hey. If you get the opportunity, would you
    mind praying for the prayer requests that are
    on our main page?

    May the Lord bless you and your family!!

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    www.LighthousePrayerLine.org

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  18. How pretty. Great idea to stick away in my mind. We have a ton of white walls that I'm not allowed to paint.

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  19. You are AMAZING. You have me scouring sites for silhouettes, sheet music, and everything else you can imagine for my upstairs hallway. And now this... you're gonna have me filling up every square inch of my house!!! I just love everything you do.

    Oh, and no, I do not wear shoes. At first, it was because we had brand new carpet in a brand new house, but that promptly got destroyed when we moved two kids, two cats, and a foster dog in. So now we have hardwood everywhere but the bedrooms, and I still won't wear my shoes. I have a thing about needing to feel the floor when I clean. I have no idea why this is. I say... it's your home, so you make the rules! :)

    Blessings!

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  20. Shoes?? What are shoes??
    I wear them only when I have to.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE those paintings, you did a fabulous job.

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  21. Those are so precious! And cheerful!

    ReplyDelete
  22. i LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVB these. Fill free to make me some. :) Just kidding. Ok not really! They look amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Please go check out my blog, I have passed an award your way. Robin

    ReplyDelete
  24. Ooh, you've inspired me! :) I'm rather new to this blog, and absolutely love what I've seen so far.
    And my apartment is totally shoe-free! :) Even my students who come for music lessons know to automatically leave their shoes at the door. Saves so much work!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Fabulous! I love the contrast between the frames and the art. Beautiful, FRUGAL art..lovin' it!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I think your wall looks great! I need to re-do a couple in our home, and I think something along these lines would be fabulous!! And I think it is great that you got such a cool look for less by doing it yourself and using Wal-mart.
    As for the shoes...we don't wear them inside. Most of our guests do however, there are a few who know our "no-shoes" policy and oblige (which is so sweet of them!). One thing different though...we have tile throughout the house (except the bedrooms). Makes a BIG difference as far as clean up goes. I just don't like dirty shoes on the floor where my baby crawls and picks up forgotten cheerios!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love your art! So creative and so frugal. I have two artists still at home, so I think I'll make them get to work!

    We don't wear shoes inside, either. Actually, I just don't wear shoes unless I absolutely have to.

    Have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh, and I don't wear shoes in my house only because I prefer going barefoot! My hubby has to wear slippers because his poor feet are so ticklish...lol! Our kiddos run around barefoot except for wintertime. But we don't make no shoes a rule for guests that come in. Our carpets are ruined for good anyway..lol!

    I also wanted to say I loved your made up word 'Wibbly wobbly kijobbly"...I make up words all the time! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Sticky tac works really well under cheap Walmart frames.. :) to make them level. I like it alot!

    ReplyDelete
  30. You've done an amazing job! I LOVE the results, and I MAY steal the idea for later...

    ReplyDelete
  31. The pictures look lovely! I would have a shoe-less house if it were up to me, but hubby always "forgets."

    ReplyDelete
  32. These are great!! Bold graphic color against the white background and black frames! Love your interpretation from your inspiration! :>

    ReplyDelete
  33. You are a pro at taking great ideas and making them amazing and affordable!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for sharing that with us! We love your
    site!! Amen & amen! :)

    Hey. If you get the opportunity, would you
    mind praying for the prayer requests that are
    on our main page?

    May the Lord bless you and your family!!

    Mark, Lynn, Brooke & Carley Seay
    www.LighthousePrayerLine.org

    ps - please consider "following" our blog
    -or- atleast grab one of our free, linking,
    blue buttons. ( see top sidebar at
    www.LighthousePrayerLine.org ).

    •´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Visit Us Soon!.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´•

    ReplyDelete
  35. Wow, very inspiring! Great idea.

    ReplyDelete
  36. How pretty. Great idea to stick away in my mind. We have a ton of white walls that I'm not allowed to paint.

    ReplyDelete