Recently, we went on our Annual DFW Anthropologie Christmas Tour. Anthropologie is on the frontlines for inspiration during the holidays. Dallas/Fort Worth has a number of Anthropologies to visit for elevated ideas for special holiday decorating, insight and motivation.
We are always particularly keen on anything that has to do with animals and birds. We constantly ask ourselves, "How do we incorporate their ideas into our own art pieces?" and Anthro has the answers.
Take their displays & merchandise and recreate that idea into your budget & skill set.
This year's catalyst was creating personal art for a family member. It's about how you know the gift recipient loves their animals and anything that would portray their likeness, a true act of love.
Using printed photos, canvases, pencil, fabric scraps, needle & thread, scissors and a knack for tedious & artistic focus, these appliqué pieces will come to life.
A folded grid was created on the photo and recreated on the canvas with pencil. As with enlarging your pattern onto the canvas, sheer white fabric was used to create individual pattern pieces. Cut the fabric you choose to make your applique art. Each piece was added and sewn before being attached to the large piece of fabric which is then stretched onto the canvas frame. Staple the corners by lightly stretching the fabric, cut corners at 45 degree angle, stretch and staple beginning in the middle of each side. Lightly stretch and pull from middle, stapling to each corner. Caution: Don't over stretch your applique art, could become distorted.
This project is easy to over think, so go into it realizing this is supposed to be a cartoonish version of the pet. Enjoy the process and the results!
I like to paint . . . A LOT, but the opportunity rarely presents itself on a regular basis. My blog partner brought me a blank, framed canvas a few weeks ago. I finally took a weekend off & did a few things I wanted to do.
This was a pre-made, framed print - it had been purchased at a Blockbuster years ago. We taped it off & painted the canvas white with a primer.
A lamp & pillow were the color/style inspiration, but that was about it. I was given free reign to create my own design. So here I am wondering how to get this started. Her son wanted a large piece of artwork and I have never, ever tried anything like this. The print was destined for Goodwill if it didn't get a makeover, so I had nothing to lose.
It wasn't as hard as I thought. I liked the freedom & loose style. It pushed me further and challenged me to try new things. For example, I didn't have a spray bottle with water, so I gave the painting a misting of Febreze. It mottled the paint & gave it an unexpected texture.
Ah, an old dog can learn new tricks. I am by no means an expert at any of this, but I can say trying is half the battle. It's not what ya know but what ya do. I got so inspired I even went out & bought new brushes. There's nothing like a natural bristle that will get the stroke on . . . Oh Yeah!
Through our lives we have places that have meaning to us. These places bring back fond memories of our childhoods or special family trips that keep our connection to family history alive. Don't keep those photos in your computer or a box on a shelf. Give average photos an artistic flare through editing. You can use your computer or try one of the many apps available. Be creative & have fun turning those mediocre photos into framed art.
See some of our examples & think of the possibilities. Express yourself - enjoy the process!!
We are all worthy of feeling satisfied about where we are in our homes. Our approach to the adventure is as important as the results. The journey of finding our design ideals shifts with seasons & people passing through our lives. We are more likely to enjoy the creative process when things are made easy and How To Love Your Home's passion for finding & sharing tools, tips, & triumphs is here for simplifying the journey to a commonsense approach to homemaking & design!