Monday, March 26, 2012

"IT IS WELL" Decopauge Art

Pinterest Inspiration Easy Peasy Project Week is over!

Today is day 7 of my quest to pare down my "things I will make" board on Pinterest.    My goal was 7 projects in 7 days.  I finished 5 projects ( and read 2 of the Hunger Games books).

Project 5:  Today's Project...

I have always loved the hymn "It Is Well" and when I saw the inspiration piece I knew I had to make something like it.

This is a painting by Ashley Kossick and was her original Pin.  The link here should take you to her Pin board.  I didn't find any other information about her.  

To make my version I did the following:
  • used a wooden canvas that I removed from a frame.  I bought the frame at an estate sale and the picture was horribly unattractive so I used the oil painting as my base for this decoupage.
  • picked out scrapbook paper to use as my background
  • painted water around the edges to tear off sharp edges of paper.  I also painted a line down the middle and tore the papers in half

  • covered the canvas with ModPodge and attached scrapbook papers across the board in the desired pattern
  • covered the pieces with ModPodge 
  • cut out letters from old piano music
  • attached letters with ModPodge and covered with ModPodge
  • drew and cut out bird/branch
  • attached bird and branch and covered with ModPodge
 Notice this really looks bad.  Decoupaging scrapbook paper tends to wrinkle paper because it is water based.  The texture on the oil painting also made a considerable pattern underneath the paper.  A good part of the wrinkles go away when the paper dries up.
  • Trim off the extra paper - it took about 1 1/2 widths of paper to span the canvas.  I staggered the seams where they overlapped so there wouldn't be one huge seam going down the picture.
  • ModPodge the edges of the canvas and the paper and wrap around the edges of the board.
  • paint on a couple more layers of ModPodge.  I pounced the brush instead of making brush strokes 
  • let it dry completely
  • attach whatever you want to use for hanging - I have done nothing yet because I don't know what I'm going to do with it yet.
  • DONE!

It is nice and springy and goes with the birds on my mantel - so I will leave it there for now.  

It's kinda pretty .  I wish I had used bigger words.  But I did not.  Actually I printed out letters that were WAY too big and I guess I overcompensated when I made them smaller.  I like the way the original had two sizes of letters.  I must have zoned out on that when I was making them.  It sucks to have 3/4 of a brain.

I think I might experiment with framing it I think a dark frame will bring out the musical notes in the letters.  Maybe?

UPDATE!  There is a new and improved version of this project here.  I did it again and think it looks much better!  Check it out!

I'm glad my week of projects is over.  PHEW! It was a lot of pressure.  Each project really was easy peasy.  That dang letter H was the hardest but should have been the easiest!  I really wanted to get a wreath made for my front door during this time.  But I did not.  Maybe tomorrow.  Then I really need to do a piece of furniture.  I'm a little ashamed of how many pieces I have that I need to get done.....

More about that later.

Have a great evening.  I am going to go grab a burger and see The Hunger Games.  I'm pretty excited about that!  "May the odds be ever in your favor" 

Make something wonderful today!  See what you can get done when you put your mind to it...



Abby said...

I love this! This is one of my favorite hymns! I have to try this! It's gorgeous! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

WOW!!! most impressive! fabulous job and thanks for joining us today...hugs...

lynn said...

i wish i could get this much done in a week! awesome projects, karen! LOVE the last one, esp:)

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Just love all your projects! I need to start pinning ....

Thanks for linking it up!



Laura said...

One of my favorite hymns as well. Your canvas is gorgeous. Bravo.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Whew - I'm exhausted reading this! 7 things in 7 days plus finding time to read two book - you go girl!! Love this project (and all your others - that sun is amazing)! I have a hideous painting that came with a fab frame - think I may need to get to work on it. So glad you joined our Cinch party.

thistlewoodfarm said...

What amazing projects! I am worn out reading about the week of the easy peasy, but I am sooo glad you linked up. You are so amazingly talented and creative.

Thanks for joining our party!


May said...

My favorite hymn! I would display this happily in my home. Nice job.

DebbieDoesCreations said...

Love that hymn. Now I will be singing it all night. Love the idea of 7 projects in 7 days but hey The Hunger Games took over. I haven't read them yet. I was hoping they would come to Costco like Twilight eventually did so I could buy the series there. Nice job on all your projects! Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Are you kidding...these are 5 AWESOME projects...and you read two books in the meantime. Impressive!! I love all of the sayings you chose and your letter is one of the best I've seen. Great detailing.
Thanks so much for linking to our party and sporting the button. :)

Candy said...

Enjoyed the decoupage tutorial and it turned out gorgeous. Now I want to try one. Im now following you, so plase come visit me at and maybe you'll follow back??? THANKS

My Dream Canvas said...

This looks so pretty and very impressive. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. I am visiting u via Wow Us Wednesdays.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

So sweet and pretty!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

You have been very busy!! Your projects are fabulous! Thank you for sharing with us at Uncommon!

Bonnie ;)


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...