Purple and Turquoise Patterned Canvas

Though I have been MIA in the blogging world for a while, I haven’t stopped “creating beauty throughout our home.” 🙂

This new piece of artwork has been in the making for months….in my head, that is. All those months of thinking about it and yet it only took me an hour or so to do. I find that funny. Surprisingly, or actually maybe not so surprisingly, this is not at all what I had envisioned. And I love it!

I’ll give you one guess as to how I made it…..

Drum roll please…..

Decoupage! 😉

I know, I know….I am so full of surprises. 😉

This piece is on our dining room wall and my goal was to pull in the purple from the kitchen and turquoise from the dining room into one beautiful combination that brings the two rooms together.

Go HERE to see how to decoupage a piece of canvas like this.

It has been so long since I have been to the party. You know which one I am talking about….Fiesta Friday! 🙂 So, popping my head in this week with some DIY artwork to look at while you enjoy eating all the goodies everyone brought!

A big thank you to Angie and the co-hosts!

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Purple, Red, Black, & White Decoupaged Pair

Okay, so my hubby is right, I think I am going to decoupage every room in our house. 😉 I am so glad he loves my decoupaging! ❤

This most recent project came about as a result of both loss and blessing.

Our dear, dear friends are moving far, far away. They are the type of friends that you can be real with, silly with, deep with….these are friends who have both cried with us and rejoiced with us. Good, good friends indeed! They will be missed more than they can probably know by so many who are a part of their lives here!

Can you imagine moving and needing to get rid of most of the things in your home? I can’t! Well, these dear friends who are doing just that, blessed Doug and I by giving us their awesome purple couches and gorgeous red rug.

I remember the first time I walked into their house and saw these in their living room….I knew we would be good friends! 🙂 I love their spunkiness, and this furniture is soooo them! It is also sooooo us! Maybe that’s why they thought of us when they pondered a home for their loved living room furniture.

Something so special that the wife told me which I will always remember as I sit on these couches (that’s where I am sitting as I type these words) is this, “Lots of praying has happened on those couches…even for you.” I am looking forward to saying the exact same thing back to her someday!

So, these beautiful couches and rug that have found their new home in our loft area upstairs are the inspiration behind this new decoupage project. Purples, reds, whites, and blacks….love it!

I started with two blank canvases….

Purple, Red, Black, & White Decoupaged Pair

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Supplies:

  • Mod Podge
  • Mix patterned scrapbook paper…some that have purple, red, black, and white. (Or pick 4 different colors of your choice)
  • Scissors
  • 2 white medium sized canvases
  • Paint brush for Mod Podge
  • Drop cloth or old sheet

Directions:

  • Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
  • Pick out the different scrapbook papers you would like to use and have an idea of what you want each canvas to look like.
  • I did not want to cover the sides of the canvases, so I cut all the scrapbook pieces to fit to the edges of the front.
  • You can use an entire scrapbook paper as is, or cut out random shapes to use. I did both of these things.
  • Put a thin layer of glue to the back of each piece of paper you have cut (one at a time)and make sure to smooth it out if that is the look you are going for. When it is sticking well and is also wrinkle free (unless you like the extra texture of the wrinkles, like I did in my Wrinkled Decoupaged Canvases…I did a bit of a mixture on this project), then you can add another piece. I really like the non-perfect look of it being a little wrinkly. I think it adds to the texture and character of the project.
  • When it is finished, layer a top coat of Mod Podge on it.  You may want to put several coats.
  • Hang on the wall.

Cindy & John, if you are reading this….we love you guys tons! May your hearts be comforted to know that your couches and rug are already well-loved in their new home! ❤ Miss you already! 

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Fall Decoupaged Owl

I have really missed you all! I know I have been MIA lately….reasons? I had a birthday (yes, I’m a year older…can you tell?! 😉 ), we have been having people into our home regularly, I have been learning to play the djembe drum, I have been reading, studying, and praying as I seek to prepare for a women’s retreat for our church that I am the speaker for….lots going on….not to mention cleaning, cooking, etc. 🙂  And I am honestly struggling to balance everything. Please know though that I really have missed you all, even though I haven’t been able to stop by your blogs as much as I would like! ❤

Yesterday I finally took some time to get crafty. 🙂 I had forgotten I had this fun felt owl that I wanted to decoupage.

You should know by now that I love owls! I think they are soooo cute! For this one I decided to use papers that would both match our living room decor and be good to use for fall on the slight chance we wouldn’t want him out year round. And that really is a slight chance. 😉

Here is a pic as I was in the midst of creating him…

Once I finished decoupaging, I sealed it with a layer of the Mod Podge. This is what that looked like…

I don’t normally put it on so thick, but I like how it came out.

Fall Decoupaged Owl

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Supplies:

  • Mod Podge
  • Fall colored scrapbook paper
  • Scissors (I used fun scissors that gave a texturized look)
  • Shaped hole punches in different sizes (optional)
  • Paint brush for Mod Podge
  • Drop cloth or old sheet

Directions:

  • Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
  • Pick out the different scrapbook papers you would like to use.
  • I did not want to cover the sides of the owl on this particular project, so I cut all the scrapbook pieces to fit to the edges of the front, or even a little over. I used fun edged scissors to create a fun look.
  • Cut out random shapes in different colors and patterns.
  • Put a thin layer of glue to the back of each piece of paper you have cut (one at a time)and make sure to smooth it out before proceeding onward. When it is sticking well and is also wrinkle free (unless you like the extra texture of the wrinkles, like I did in my Wrinkled Decoupaged Canvases…I did a bit of a mixture on this project), then you can add another piece. Continue to do this until it is all covered. I overlapped my pieces, put pieces at different angles, and gave it a layered look.
  • When it is finished, layer a top coat of Mod Podge on it.  You may want to put several coats.
  • Set out or hang on the wall.

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Multiple Canvases Used to Make One Piece of Artwork

A while back, with a bit of a scared look in his eyes, my hubby asked me, “Are you going to decoupage everything in our house?” 🙂 And you know what? He is such a sweetie, that he probably wouldn’t have minded even if he wasn’t sure he would like it.

Then I made this, and this, and this, and now the piece you see above, and he just loves them all so much. I have convinced him how awesome decoupage can be! Have I convinced you yet? 😉

When we moved into our new home, the people before us had left a wall mounting bracket up for the t.v. It was actually really nice, because they even put tubing in the wall where the cords could go down behind it to the floor level, instead of having them hang down. I am sure this is many a guys’ dream. But, it wasn’t our dream…. at least not at this point. 🙂

Hmmm….how to come up with something to cover the holes (that you may even want to use later)…..it was going to take some creativity, that’s for sure.

Thus enters this artwork you see here. My favorite piece, actually! I used 5 canvases of varying sizes and 6 different patterns of scrapbook paper to create something unique, something that was “us”, something that worked with the colors in that room, and something that would cover all the spots that needed covering.

I love the patterns! It is amazing how very different patterns can all go together to create something so beautiful! 

Multiple Canvases Used to Make One Piece of Artwork

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Supplies:

  • Multiple canvases of varying sizes
  • Scrapbook paper, making sure you have at least 6 different patterns. Pick colors that will compliment the room you are making it for.
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloth or old sheet
  • Regular scissors
  • Fun scissors that cut with different shaped edges (optional)

Directions:

  • Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
  • Decide how you want the canvases to look before you start.
  • You want to start with one canvas at a time (especially if this is new for you), though I admit I am a multi-tasker and worked on several of these at once.
  • I did not want to cover the sides of the canvas on this particular project, so I cut all the scrapbook pieces to fit to the edges of the front. At times, I used fun edged scissors to create a fun look.
  •  Put a thin layer of glue on the part of the canvas you are placing your paper on and make sure to smooth it out before proceeding onward. When it is sticking well and is also wrinkle free (unless you like the extra texture of the wrinkles, like I did in my Wrinkled Decoupaged CanvasesI did a bit of a mixture on this project), then you can add another piece. Continue to do this until it is all covered. I overlapped my pieces, put pieces at different angles, and gave it a layered look.
  • When every canvas is finished, layer a top coat of Mod Podge on it.  You will want to put several coats.
  • Hang on the wall with two nails for each canvas. Use a level if you have one to make sure each piece is straight. You can hang them close together where they are touching, or put some space between them.

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Multiple Decoupaged Matching Canvas Art

I love color! I love seeing how different colors play off each other and how different patterns can be combined to create something beautiful!

Hospitality is important to me. I want my friends and family to come into our home and feel welcomed. I want them to feel important. I want them to know they matter. These have been the thoughts running through my mind as I create art for our new home. Our home is truly a blessing from the Lord….a blessing that I hope will be a blessing to others.

What I love is that hospitality doesn’t mean you have to have lots of money, have tons of fancy things, the most comfy couches, or even your own homemade art. 🙂 As the author from a  book I’m reading says, “Creativity is so much more than ‘arts and crafts.’ It is a way of seeing, a willingness to see wonderful possibilities in something unformed or ordinary or even ugly.” (Emilie Barnes)

The most humble of homes can be just as hospitable as the most fancy ones. For “a welcoming home is where life happens. It’s where personalities are nurtured, where growth is stimulated, where people feel free not only to be themselves but also to develop their best selves. That caring, nurturing quality-not the absence of noise and strife-is what makes a home a refuge.” (Emilie Barnes) Love this!

Since I love creating art, I want to use that passion and gift as a piece of making our home a refuge for others.

When someone comes into our home they will be greeted with these bright and fun patterned canvases. 

Multiple Decoupaged Matching Canvas Art

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Supplies:

  • 4 small canvases of the same size
  • Scrapbook paper, making sure you have at least 4 different patterns.
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Drop cloth or old sheet
  • Scissors

Directions:

  • Lay out the drop cloth/sheet. This will be your work station.
  • Decide how you want the canvases to look before you start. I used a different base pattern for each one and then used pieces of the other scrapbook paper to accent them and make each canvas different, yet seem like one piece of art.
  • You want to start with one canvas at a time (especially if this is new for you), though I admit I am a multi-tasker and worked on several of these at once.
  • Cut the scrapbook paper large enough to cover both the front and the sides…you may just want to make it large enough the some of the paper goes onto the back. This will guarantee coverage for your sides. You don’t want to accidentally cut the paper too small and the sides not cover well.
  •  When you have done that, put a thin layer of glue on the front of the canvas and make sure to smooth your paper out before proceeding onward. When it is sticking well and is also wrinkle free (unless you like the extra texture of the wrinkles, like I did in my Wrinkled Decoupaged Canvases), now it is time to wrap the paper around the sides.
  • I cut the paper at the corners of the canvas so that I could glue the paper down without it bunching up. I recommend doing one side at a time. If the paper needs to be glued onto the back, then do that before you move onto the next side.
  • Do this with all your sides/back.
  • When every canvas is finished, layer a top coat of Mod Podge both to the front and sides. You will want to put several coats.

*Note: One of the fun things about Mod Podge is that it comes in different finishes….satin, gloss, matte, etc. You choose whichever you would like.

Are there ways you seek to make your home hospitable? I would love to hear your ideas! 

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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

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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

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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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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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