Good evening everyone!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week, we are all exhausted here. You might have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while or visited my favorite blogs either, that’s because I have been struggling with some issues and on top of that this week our little boy is sick and we are keeping a close eye on him. This weekend we will try to relax a bit and hope our little man will be better by then.
On a positive note however, I participated in the popular ‘Room For Color Contest‘ from Apartment Therapy. I submitted my Fall Living room and was accepted in their ‘International’ category. It would make me very happy if you would go and visit the link and vote for my living room. Please, please vote for me as your favorite room, I truly appreciate it. My entry was live on their site as of yesterday but I only had time to share this with you today due to everything that is going around here. Thanks again everyone!
Now, please let me also share with you a small tutorial on how I created my own art wall by using a $2.00 canvas from the dollar store, acrylic paint and gold leaf sheets:
You might remember these canvases from my living room post. I wanted to buy art for this space but I wasn’t ready to commit on anything specific yet. Maybe next year, I will try to get my hands on some of the beautiful pieces from Jen Ramos, Made by Girl for my living room:
Please let me share with you the steps-by-steps:
These are the tools you need to create your own:
- – canvas
- – gold leaf sheets (mine are from Art Minds (Michaels Arts & Crafts store)
- – adhesive (mine is from Mona Lisa)
- – sealer (mine is from Mona Lisa)
- – small brush
- – spray paint (color gold)
- – acrylic paint (color black)
start by applying the adhesive to the desired area of the canvas where you will be applying the gold leafs:
place the gold leaf sheets to the canvas and apply them gently with your fingertips:
the picture below shows you how it looks when you are applying the gold leaf into the canvas:
wait a few minutes before you start applying a sealer with a brush to ensure that the gold leaf sheets don’t chip and then let it dry for at least 1 hour:
I wanted something different, so instead of working with gold leaf sheets again, I decided to spray paint the other extremity of the canvas with gold paint:
as you can see from the next two pictures; the look of gold leaf sheets on canvas is very different than the one from gold spray paint:
I prefer the look and texture of gold leaf sheets on canvas, too bad the pictures don’t do the gold leaf sheets justice:
before I decided to add black acrylic paint to the canvas, I used the colors pink and blue, I liked it for my craft room but not for my living room. That’s when I decided to dip a medium size brush in black acrylic paint and just draw black lines on the canvas, covering the pink and blue:
I took a couple of pictures for you in different spots and see how different they look depending on the light and time of the day:
In the picture below you can really see that the top of the canvas was spray painted in gold:
this picture was taken in the craft room, see how bright they look against a white wall and next to the window:
Wish everyone a lovely week and please, please vote for me at Apartment Therapy today!
Thanks again for stopping by!