It’s so easy to create custom one-of-a-kind art you can frame, it’s just a matter of thinking of the idea, right? RIGHT!
Seriously, it sounds intimidating but this is a quick project that even the kids can help with, and I promise it’ll turn out super cute.
Let me first back up a bit though. For the past several weeks, I’ve been working on figuring out what it is I really want to focus on when it comes to content, what I blog about and what I share on social media. Sure, it’s a lot of fun to make things like this DIY Apothecary dresser but in reality, I can’t create a project or even a post that in-depth on a weekly basis. Even as much as I’d love to. So during these long snowy days, I’ve had some time to both reflect and brainstorm. And what I came up with is #Project365. While it’s not an original concept, I am putting a twist on it by sharing a photo a day of something I’ve recently worked on. It could be big, small, a recipe I’m whipping up for work or a newly designed piece of jewelry.
Here’s the first post I put up last night on Instagram that better explains my intent and mission:
Decided tonight I'm trying something different! 🙃 I’ve been thinking about this for literally two weeks now and what I want to do is turn my Instagram feed into something that I hope you'll find inspiring. 😁 I'm really blessed to be able to make a lot of really cool stuff on a daily basis. Between whipping up fun recipes for work to tackling my ongoing list of DIY projects and designing new pieces of jewelry, I get to be creative everyday and for that, I’m so grateful! 🙌 However, I tend to get so wrapped up in the day-to-day that I don’t take the time to share these fun moments. But I should, because I LOVE what I do. And I hope that by posting a picture a day of something that makes me happy can in turn inspire YOU to do the same. Or at least serve as a swift kick of motivation needed to try something new. Or perhaps, to just find beauty in the ordinary. So here we go, welcome to my feed, #Project365! 👊❤️
Anyway, as I walked by one of my many collage walls last night, I noticed I still had Christmas art in one of the frames. Right then, it’s like a lightbulb went off. Over the weekend, I was reorganizing my office when I found all of my old Guash tucked in a box in the back of my closet. If you’re unfamiliar with Guash, it’s similar to watercolors. I’ve had it since college when I took Color Theory (14 years ago!), so surely I didn’t think it’d still be any good. But to my surprise, it didn’t dry up and was ready to be used!
Then, I thought about this video I created for work where I used watercolors with Myles to make this cool piece of art, so really everything just kind of came together to make this fun little piece of Valentine art to frame.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Guash or Watercolors – even kids watercolors will work just fine!
- A small paint brush
- Heavy paper (I used white cardstock)
- The dimensions of the frame you’re going to use
The first thing I did was cut down a blank piece of paper to the exact size of the opening in the frame. On a separate piece of cardstock, I painted random shapes and lines of red and pink. There was no particular rhyme or reason to what I was doing, as long as I was covering the piece of paper.
After the painting was completely dry, I drew a heart, cut it out and used that as a template for the rest of the hearts to ensure they all were cut the same size. Laying the little heart template down, I traced around it 12 times in different areas of the painted paper to get some variation in color.
To ensure all of the hearts were lined up, I used a ruler to center them all. The opening in the frame is 5″ x 7″, so I made a small mark on the side of the blank paper at 2″, 3.5″ and 5″ to know where to line up the hearts. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. I just like symmetry.
Once I carefully cut out the hearts and knew where they were going on the blank piece of paper, I used tiny pieces of double-sided tape to stick them on. That’s it! I then place the art in the frame and put it back on the wall. Not including the time it took for the paint to dry, I’d say this project took about 15 minutes. Not bad!
Have you ever created your own custom art that you love?