Wrinkled Decoupage Canvas Art

If you search the internet looking for decoupage tips, you will constantly come across how to make something without wrinkles. That is something that can be difficult….those rascally wrinkles that you don’t want.

But what if you do want them? I couldn’t find anything on the internet about purposefully making wrinkles. Hmmm….does that mean that is not allowed when decoupaging? I liked my hubby’s wisdom on this. He said, “It is art Lori. There are no rules with art. It is your design.”

Normally I am all for the normal smooth decoupage. But not this time. This time I wanted to make something with texture. But I had an even greater reason for the wrinkles. I wanted them as a reminder. A reminder of my own wrinkles…my own brokenness. I want this reminder, because it points me to my great need for Christ and his redeeming work in my life.

I started with three blank canvases…

I wanted them to reflect the colors of the room….deep reds, orange, brown….

Here is a combined picture so that you can see the whole area. These walls are directly across from one another. I think these canvases go perfectly with the framed decoupage letter I posted about recently.

Wrinkled Decoupage Canvas Art

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Supplies:

  • Canvas sizes of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Fun patterned scissors (optional)
  • Paint brush for Mod Podge
  • Drop cloth or old sheet

Directions:

  • Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
  • Cut the scrapbook paper to completely fit where you want it on the canvas. When you have done that, put a lot of glue on the canvas and lay your paper down, making sure it has wrinkles. (If you don’t want wrinkles, then put a thin layer of glue and make sure to smooth your paper out before proceeding onward.)
  • You can make it as basic or complex as you want. For instance, you can have one layer of paper or multiple. Mine is basically all one layer.
  • When you have finished decoupaging everything onto your canvases and they have dried, you want to put at least one top coat, if not more onto them.
  • If you want the wrinkled look, be very generous with the Mod Podge as you are painting it on top. You can do all different angles to give it an even more texturized look. For a smoother look, make sure you apply the glue in one direction, and apply a thinner coat.

Besides the awesome reminder to me of my need for God’s grace, I love the wrinkled look because it brings a fun texture to the room! What do you think?

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Wooden Tile Board Project

Another fun DIY project for our kitchen! This room is very special to me….special, really, because it was a room I always hated, but now love. It was a room I dreaded going into, and now its the place where I feel inspired. It was the room I feared, but now am excited about. It was the room I knew nothing about, and now can’t get enough of exploring.

Because of this, I have really been wanting this room to be filled with the sentiment of my blog….my journey of creating beauty in the kitchen.

Remember this gorgeous canvas art my hubby made for the purple wall? Well, we have some of that beautiful fabric leftover, so I used it to make a matching wooden tile art piece. I wish I could show you the “before,” but I forgot to take a picture before I started working on it. Essentially, it was all unfinished  wood with 6 unfinished wooden tiles that pop out.

I painted the base a turquoise type color, to bring out the same color from our awesome kitchen towels. Notice that these are fresh herb plants on the towel….so me!! Love it!

I painted 5 of the pieces with chalkboard paint, and I decoupaged the other 4 with some of the extra fabric. I had fun making this part 3-D by layering different sections of the fabric on each other. And of course the chalkboard pieces were made with one particular phrase in mind, “Creating Beauty in the Kitchen.”

I love reading it when I walk into our kitchen…where it sits on the counter against the wall.  It serves as a beautiful reminder of where the Lord has brought me!

Wooden Tile Board Project

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Supplies:

  • Drop cloth or old sheet
  • Wooden tile board (I got mine at Walmart)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • 3 medium sized Paint brushes
  • Color paint of your choice
  • Fabric or scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors

Directions:

  • Lay your drop cloth or old sheet down and paint the base first. You will probably need two to three coats on it.
  • While it is drying, paint the tiles you want chalkboard paint on. Again, you will probably need several coats. Let dry well in between.
  • Decide what you want on the other tiles. You can either have one layer that fits perfectly on it, or layer it to make it 3-D like I did.
  • Paint a layer of glue on the wooden tile where you are placing the paper or fabric. Smooth the paper/fabric over it. If you use paper you will want a thinner layer of the Mod Podge, and for the fabric you will want thicker.
  • Continue doing this until your tiles are covered and you have all the layers you want. You may need to wait for the first layer to dry before adding another one.
  • When everything is finished, you want to seal your project by painting the Mod Podge over every piece….the base, the chalkboard pieces, and the decoupaged ones. 2-3 coats of this, letting it dry well between applications.

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3-D Decoupaged Owl Welcome sign

My plan? To bring something yummy for all of our voracious Fiesta Friday appetites! 😀 What is actually happening? I am bringing something for your eyes instead.

Remember those cute little owls I painted and decoupaged the other day? I told you I wasn’t quite finished with them. 🙂

Would you believe this all started with a plain ole’ piece of cardboard? I have several more like it that I can’t wait to do something with. My mom is really catching onto my creative side. When we first spotted these sturdy pieces when we were unpacking, we both had the exact same idea…something for me to create on! 🙂

So, “create” is exactly what I have done!

I took all the scrapbook papers I had used on the owls and made polka dots from them for the letters. I wanted everything to come together really well. 

I loved using this little owl for the “O” in welcome!

One piece of large scrapbook paper wasn’t enough to cover the entire board, thus the fun blue strip. Something not quite fitting right is just a great excuse for me to get all the more creative! 😀 

This fun “Welcome” sign was inspired from these pillows below on this awesome bench in our mudroom. I used the colors from the pillows to pick out what scrapbook paper and color paint I would use. 

So now when you walk in from the garage, this welcome sign (in our owl themed mudroom) will greet you! Whether you come in the front or use the garage, you can’t get by without seeing some fun owl-themed decor that I have created. 🙂

3-D Decoupaged Owl Welcome Sign

*Lori at Creatingbeautyinthekitchen.wordpress.com

Supplies:

  • Decoupaged/painted wooden owls
  • Hard, thick piece of cardboard
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper to match the owls
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Paint brush for Mod Podge
  • Drop cloth or old sheet
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Paint brush for paint

Directions:

  • Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
  • Once you have picked out the background color for your welcome sign, cover the cardboard with a thin layer of Mod Podge and lay the paper flat, smoothing it out.
  • If it doesn’t cover the entire thing, then use another piece of paper of the same color and follow the same step as above on the cardboard you have left.
  • In order for the line to not show, pick out a fun and contrasting scrapbook paper to make a strip out of. Once you have cut the strip, put a thin layer of the Mod Podge onto the seam between the two papers and lay the strip down, making sure it is smooth.
  • After this has all dried for a few minutes, you want to flip the cardboard over and curve the excess paper over the sides, gluing them down by doing the same thing as you did above. You will need to fold at the corners to make them tuck down smoothly with the Mod Podge.
  • Flip the sign back over and figure out where you want to place your owls. Once you have that decided, put one of the owls where you want the “o” to go in “welcome” and paint the word around it. Let dry.
  • Before you Mod Podge any of the owls to the sign (including the one in the word), paint a couple layers of Mod Podge onto the entire front side. This will seal it really well for you. Remember, the owls have already been sealed. Let dry between applications.
  • Once the sign is dry, decoupage all the owls to the sign, one at a time. To do this, just put a layer of the Mod Podge onto the back and firmly stick it where you want it to go. Let them dry before hanging the sign up.

I hope seeing this sign I made will get some of your creative juices flowing as you snack on all the wonderful food! And I do know it will be wonderful! Always look forward to seeing what each and every one of you bring!

As always, a FF post would not be complete without a big shout out to Angie and her co-hosts! Thanks!!

Food, crafts, pictures, music….come bring something to the party! All are invited!

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Painting/Decoupaging Wooden Owls

I love owls. Every time I see one I feel drawn to its cuteness. My grandma actually used to collect owls. I can remember going over to her house when I was really little and walking around counting how many were in her collection. It always seemed to increase from the previous time we were there.  The funny thing is that I never liked owls. I was intrigued that she collected so many of one thing, but I wasn’t at all drawn to them like I am today.

My mom and I came across these cuties below and I was so excited to do something with them!

Some painting and some decoupaging and these owls turned out fun and colorful!

The owls may be finished, but the final project is not. 🙂 So, stay tuned for another post!

Painting/Decoupaging Wooden Owls

*Lori @ Creatingbeautyinthekitchen.wordpress.com

Supplies:

  • Small wooden owls (or other small critters)
  • Acrylic paint colors of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Small Paint brushes
  • Foam brush for decoupaging
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • Drop cloth
  • Scrapbooking paper of your choice
  • Tray to pour your paint in

Directions:

  • Lay down the drop cloth, so you can keep from making a mess on the surface you are placing it on.
  • Choose what you want to paint, and do that first. It is much easier to decoupage over paint than to paint around decoupage. 🙂
  • Let dry. You may need 2 or 3 coats.
  • Use scissors and a hole punch to make shapes out of the scrapbook paper that you want to use.
  • In order to make the open holes (that are the eyes and mouths and some of the feathers) have color, I decoupaged backwards. I turned the owl face down, brushed on a small layer of Mod Podge and then put the selected paper on it, smoothing it out. Make sure your glue layer is light, so that the paper doesn’t get ripples. Once you do this to all the owls, let dry for about 10 minutes. Then, apply a top coat of the Mod Podge over the scrapbook paper. Let dry and repeat once or twice.
  • Flip the owls over and now you are ready to finish working on the front.  Use whatever scrapbook paper color and shapes you would like to finish decorating the owls. To do this, put a thin layer of glue on the part of the owl where you are going to place the polka dot, square, stripe, etc, and place the paper onto it, smoothing it out.
  • When You have finished decorating each owl, now you need to put a top sealing coat onto each of them. To do this, brush some Mod Podge over the front of each owl. Let dry and repeat once or twice.

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Creating Canvas Fabric Art

Purple? Hmmmm. I have never been a big fan of it. That is, until I saw the purple accent wall in the kitchen of the house we ended up recently buying. Do I love purple now? No. Do I love the purple in the rest of the house? No. In fact, we have already been painting over it. But the purple wall in our kitchen? Its a keeper!

As you all are getting to know my crafty side, you can imagine that my mind was spinning right away when I first saw this wall, coming up with different ideas for it. My very first idea, and the one I stuck with, was taking a canvas and wrapping it with decorative fabric.

I searched through a lot of fabric and had just about given up hope on the idea when I found this one. I took one look at it and knew it was meant for our wall. I absolutely love it!

I must say that I have such a sweet hubby! I trusted his ability with this project far more than I trusted my own, so he did it himself, from start to finish! Thank you hubby!! ❤

Doesn’t it look great on the wall?! This is exactly what I had envisioned!

Canvas Fabric Art

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Supplies:

  • 1 canvas (you chose the size)
  • Fabric of your choosing…enough to have about a 1 1/2 inches on each side for the stapling.
  • A staple gun with staples
  • Sharp Scissors (preferably fabric ones)
  • Iron and ironing board

Directions:

  • Iron the fabric to get out any creases.
  • Place the fabric over the canvas, deciding how you want it to look. For instance, you want to make sure you are not cutting something off that is essential to the fabric, like in my case, the bird’s head.
  • Once you know how you want the fabric to look on the canvas, cut about 1 1/2 inches more on each side. Now you should have your piece ready.
  • Flip the canvas over, making sure to keep the fabric lined up the way you want.
  • First work on the sides. Fold the fabric in from right and left side of one corner and staple at the corners, one at a time. Checking each time to make sure the fabric it still aligned correctly, and pulling it taut.  Do this for each corner.
  • When the corners are finished, pull the fabric taut, folding it behind the canvas and staple down along the right and left side.
  • Now you need to work on the top and bottom. On each corner fold in a little bit, pulling tightly up to make it a really tight corner. Then, pulling the fabric taut, staple it the rest of the way on the top and bottom.

Enjoy!

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Frame with Decoupaged Letter

I couldn’t resist another decoupage project! Yes, I am still busy unpacking, but I am also making time for creating and crafting some beauty in the kitchen and beyond! 🙂

This project was inspired by the accent colors in our living room, which you can see in the candles.

I began by painting this super neat frame where I used a plain color (brown), so that it would contrast with the letter that I wanted to make stand out. Then I searched through all my papers until I found the right ones to decoupage the “K” with. I loved the papers I found….they match so wonderfully with the candles and the comfy rug on the ground. Plus, it is just super fun! It is a little on the spunky side…love a bit of that in our home! In fact, it wouldn’t be home without it! 🙂

When my mom first saw what I was doing to the “K”, and when she saw the paper I was going to use, she informed me that she didn’t like it at all. That didn’t stop me though, because I knew she would love it in the end.

Indeed, she did! 🙂

This is one of my favorite spots in the house. Even as I write, I am sitting in a cushy chair in front of this beautiful wall, enjoying it…A great place to sit curled up with a good book, a comfy blanket, and a cuddly cat! 🙂

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Artwork for my Blog

I love to draw. The funny thing? I don’t love to draw with a paper and pencil. Hmmmm…..how do I draw then?

Well, I love drawing on my computer with my graphic tablet! But actually, since my tablet is not unpacked yet, I just used my finger and touchpad on my laptop. 😉

This image I drew below will be familiar to most of you since I have had it at the top of my blog, and yet you should hopefully notice some changes that I made to it in the last 24 hours. Because I decided to add a crafts page, I wanted to change her up a little. And yes, for those of you who aren’t familiar with this pic, this is a whimsical caricature I made of myself. 🙂 From what you all have told me, usually the smile and the hair are a giveaway. 😉

I kind of want you to play Where’s Waldo with my picture! Hehehe. Though I am an adult, I still love those books to this day! Okay, so what changes do you notice? 😉

Also notice the top left side of the blog where I have this…

I really love making my blog “my own!”

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Owl Themed Decoupage

I decided to add a crafts page to my blog: “Crafting Beauty in the Rest of the Home.” Because, like I wrote on that page, I believe we were made to create beauty….and for me, that beauty begins in our home. I have learned to love creating beauty in the kitchen, and now I am crafting beauty into each nook and cranny of our first home. Come along for the journey!

I have done crafting for years, but decoupage?! Let’s just say that I tried it one time about 4 or 5 years ago and the project didn’t survive. 🙂 So you can imagine my hesitation to ever try it again. In fact, I was pretty convinced I never would. Then I got these letters that spelled “Hope” a year ago. I knew I wanted to decoupage them. But they sat there. And sat there. And sat there.

Until we bought our first home and I went into super gear and did nothing but decoupage for days. I had Mod Podge all over me. As a couple of you saw on instagram, I am just as messy in the craft room as I am in the kitchen! 🙂 I love owls! and I also love bold colors and fun patterns! That was the inspiration for all that you will see below. I knew I would be using it all together as decor, so I made sure they all complimented one another.

I painted this tray a dark brown and then I decoupaged the inside  of it.

I just loved how these came out!

This is a canvas board that is completely decoupaged. It actually started out just as practice…I didn’t really ever consider that it would work out and I would end up loving it. My favorite part is the border I decoupaged on it that is the same pattern I used in some of the other things.

I went shopping around my house, looking for things to decoupage. Hehehe. I was on a roll. and that’s when I found this little black box that I got for free years ago and never use. It is amazing what adding some flare to something can do! Now I love this box! And notice the little pin I made to match at the top of the chalkboard. That is actually a magnet that I decoupaged! 🙂

Now that we have moved into our new home, I have the perfect place for all of this….the entryway! As a side note, do you see this awesome antique icebox that the realtor left for us?! It is so much fun! I love the character of it!

So when people walk in our home, this is what they are greeted with. This is what my mom saw when she walked into our house for the first time…

My mom flew in to help hubby and I get settled! This is a huge sacrifice, because my mom takes care of my dad full-time…this is a sacrifice for both of them and we feel so grateful and so loved! She has been helping me unpack, organize, and is painting a couple of rooms for us! It has been such a blessing! Plus, we don’t see her often enough since she lives so far away…this is such a treat! ❤ my mom!

I actually have the majority of our kitchen unpacked, and I can in fact cook in there now! I actually made something that I planned to bring to Fiesta Friday, but hey, why not bring some crafts this week for you to enjoy while you are munching on all that awesome food! 😀

So, Happy Fiesta Friday friends!!

So grateful to Angie at The Novice Gardener who so graciously hosts us every week, along with her co-hosts who make the party all the more fun!

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