Over the weekend I tackled an art project I have had on my list for a while now. My inspiration came from the Young House Love book, project #124: Whip Up Custom State Art. Imagine the outline of your home state cut out of pretty patterned paper and framed. Nice, right? Since I have this triple frame from IKEA waiting to be reworked, I thought it would be perfect for framing the home states of the three people in our family.
I removed about 15 staples so I could open up the back of the frame and get to the glue that had come unglued inside. At this point I also spray painted the frame with an oil rubbed bronze finish.
I discovered the art print was glued directly to the backing of the frame, so I couldn’t remove it without ruining the mat I wanted to save. I’d have to go over the flower prints and I decided to use paint. I had some craft paint on hand and picked out one of my favorite colors.
That was one coat. It looks okay, but needs another. I didn’t do the edges very well, but I thought that was okay because when I put the glass back over the art print, the frosted areas of the glass covered the edge. It took me a while to get the right size outline. I had to resize using my copier a couple of times. Then I cut out each outline.
I’m from Iowa, Jeromy is from Ohio and our son, Josh, was born in Maryland. If you consider using Maryland for this project, I advise against it. I didn’t realize Maryland had so many islands and inlets. What a pain in the toosh. I decided this looks a little blah, so I wanted to add more color.
I outlined each state with avocado green. When everything was dry, I put the frame back together and this is how it turned out.
The edges didn’t line up like I expected. Once the glass was put in the frame, the frosted glass didn’t cover the edges of the squares. Shoot. My dear hubby took one look at it and didn’t say a word. So, of course I said, “shut up!”
“Are you going to tell people Josh made that?”
“Probably,” I admitted.
Groan and eyeroll. I don’t know why I try to be an artist. My skills never match up to my imagination. I can visualize the heck out of something, but executing the art is a problem for me. I can do a quality job painting a wall, but I can’t paint a shape to save my hiney. Maybe I should stick to photography?
I don’t know what I’m going to do with this piece now. I suppose I’ll keep the frame because I like the shape and size. I think the glass is cool because it’s frosted to reveal three prints. I’ll probably have to cut a new poster board to cover the back so I can reuse it. Oh well. Have your recently tried any projects that made your family raise an eyebrow? Did you tell them to “shut up” too?