Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Affordable Artwork

So the other day I decided the guest room needed some new art. I had a few things hanging up in there, but they didn't really match or go together. I suddenly realized the problem- I didn't actually have a color scheme in mind for the room. We had never changed the colors of the walls in there, and the furniture and bedspread were all left over from our old bedrooms at our parents' houses. The room just kind of "happened" without any planning.


So, this is the color scheme I came up with. This will be very easy to do because these colors are ALL already in the room! The bedspread (that I've had for years) contains colors #1,2,3. The wall was already light blue when we moved in. And #4 represents all the wooden elements we have in there (like the dresser and the bed frame).

So really, the color scheme had been there hiding all along. It wasn't necessarily what I would have chosen if I had millions of colors to choose from, but this made the most economical sense. And for a guest room that gets used twice a year, that'll work.

Back to the artwork situation.

I decided that natural-looking decor (flowers, trees, etc) would be the best way to go. Nature has all of my desired colors in it, and I'm drawn to that type of thing anyway.
You can absolutely customize both of these artwork options to fit in with your home decor. Just figure out the color scheme you're wanting and GO!



You will need:
  • A blank canvas (You can find them for REALLY cheap at Big Lots!!)
  • pencil
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • Brown paint, paint brush, small cup of water
  • Spray adhesive, or probably any glue will work
  • A printout of any of the FREE pieces of art from Indie Fixx- I love this website! A lot of great artists just trying to get their work out there! :)
  •  One piece of scrapbook paper/cardstock, cut slightly larger than your Indie Fixx art, with coordinating colors

1.This one involves a little bit of painting and drawing, but it's pretty easy to do. All you need to do is look up a "faux bois" pattern (fancy word for woodgrain) on Google or whatever, to get an idea of what woodgrain really looks like. Here are a few good examples: http://

2.Next, draw your woodgrain lines with a PENCIL, so you can erase any mistakes. Draw lightly so the paint covers up your lines. Don't worry about trying to draw the lines straight, you want it to look organic anyway! So easy!

3.After you've drawn your lines, mix some brown acrylic paint with a little bit of water. Paint your entire canvas with a "wash" (watered down paint) of brown. Cover every part!! This will ensure that you don't have any white canvas showing through at the end!

4. Dry your brush and get rid of the water. Let your paint wash dry.
5. Now you just want to use paint by itself, not watered down. Paint every other line of your faux bois pattern. You should end up with alternating stripes of light paint wash and dark
paint. Does that make sense??? :)

You are completely done with the painting and drawing part. It's all downhill from here; it only gets easier. Let your painting dry!

6.Now go outside if you're using spray adhesive. That stuff is not good to breathe in! spray your scrapbook paper, center onto the canvas- stick it on! Now, spray your Indie Fixx art, and center it on the scrapbook paper!



  • Blank canvas- or a messy,painted on one, it really doesnt matter on this one
  • Fabric cut slightly larger than canvas (my fabrics were from Goodwill- they were previously a pillowcase and a dress)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Spray adhesive
  • Art from Indie Fixx again!!!! :D
  • Coordinating scrapbook paper, again cut slightly larger than you Indie Fixx print-out

1.This one is really easy, as long as you have the supplies. Basically, you upholster the canvas. If you've never upholstered something before, all you have to do is stretch the fabric over the front of your canvas and staple it on the back all sides. Just be sure you are CONTINUALLY pulling it taut so the fabric doesn't wrinkle.

 P.S. This was my first time using an electric staple gun- it was pretty terrifying.

2.When you're done with that, just attach the scrapbook paper and the Indie Fixx art with spray adhesive just like in the first option.

I was really happy with the way these turned out. I was able to make custom artwork for our guest room. I hardly spent any money, and I didn't spend a lot of time either! I hope you'll try these out at home! I'd love to see some pictures if you do!

Thanks for coming by!


  1. Aww you're so sweet! :) I love all the stuff you make too!


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