Wednesday, April 21, 2010

DIY Wall Art - My Masterpiece


I'm so excited about this project!  I've been working on it for the last three days during nap time and in the evenings.  At times I was so impatient to finish it!  I needed something to go in this blank space above the entertainment center in the family room.  Here's what I came up with for about $8.00 and change.
We hung it way up here.  It took some serious ladder action.
After some careful measurements and a few acrobatic maneuvers we have this!
I love it!  It's the perfect filler for the blank space created by the cathedral ceiling and it brings the fireplace wall color over to this side of the room.

Here's how I did it.  I grabbed a couple of two packs of 16x20 canvases at Michael's last week when they were on sale for $5.98.  Plus, I had a 40% off coupon!   I also picked up extra white craft paint for two dollars.

When I got home I painted three of the canvases with blue paint that we used on the opposite side of the room.  When that was dry, I sketched the tree on to the canvas with a pencil and then painted it with the craft paint.  It definitely needed two coats of paint.  

My inspiration was this set of 3 tree canvas panels from JC Penney.
Source: JCP.com
I'm not an artist and up close it's not perfect.  But the imperfections give the tree some texture and depth - like actual bark (well, that's what I'm telling myself anyway).  Either way the canvases are hung up so high no one is getting such a close look at it!  
Thanks for visiting!

75 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! I'm a follower, hope you can come by and check out my blog sometime soon!

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  2. Awesome! I am very impressed, and will need to inspect on Friday. When I finally buy a house, I may have to commission an original Thriftress for myself! ;-)

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  3. So cool. I love it.

    Jessica @
    mattjessicapope.blogspot.com

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  4. Very pretty and just my kind of budget!

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  5. that looks awesome! i think you ARE an artist- give yourself some credit!

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  6. Holy cow! What a great job you did! Love, love, LOVE the color with your walls!

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  7. Lovely!!! I'm searching for ideas to re-do my LR wall art...this is definitely a contender!!! Thanks for the great idea! (and it looks great in my opinion!)

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  8. As they say in Oklie-homa--OH My lands. That sure is purty! I love it! I hope to convince hubby of doing this for our house-I might go black and white..what do you think?

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  9. Beautiful!! I adore it. Such a beautiful idea and execution.

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  10. Excellent idea, gorgeous outcome! Very graphic and colorful and so thrifty! Bravo!

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  11. That is AMAZING! It looks great in a place with high ceilings!

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  12. What a great idea! And is seems pretty easy for such a big impact. I'm doing a living room redo this summer so I'm definitely putting this project in my "to make" list! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wow, that turned out really neat! Good job!

    Nancy

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  14. I love this project! Especially the cost. Very and cool and thrifty...two of my favorites. Kudos to you for getting on that ladder...NOT one of my favorites.

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  15. I really love your wall art. It kind of reminds me of something in my home. Take a look here:

    http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/2010/04/master-bedroom-complete-at-least-for.html

    I love the look of tree limbs so much that I painted my entire wall with them! See? I really do LOVE your art!

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  16. LOL - My husband has been wanting to paint that JCP print since it came out last year. {he is going to die when he see's yours!} YOURS Looks AMAZING!! I think it looks just like the orginal. We liked them beacause they filled such a large space but we didn't like the over $100 price tag. You did an incredible job! Love them!

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  17. Fabulous piece of art.!!!!
    Visiting from New Friends Fridays.
    Sylvia

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  18. Visiting from New Friend Friday - I really like the canvas. I bookmarked it for the future

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  19. Awesome! Great job! yeah....whats up super tall ladder...that looked way to tricky for me to go up on :)

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  20. WOW, you did such a great job!!!
    Happy new friend Friday!
    I am following you, come follow me :)
    Gros bisous
    Frenchy

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  21. Visiting from NFF... LOVE this! You are so talented, no way could I just "sketch" something like that.

    Hope you are enjoying PR!

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  22. Here from new friend friday..you did an amazing job on your artwork!

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  23. This is GORGEOUS! great work! we're looking for a home right now and when we do, I think I will copy this! I love the blue that you chose too, it makes the tree stand out more than the beige color. :)

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  24. Wow you are really creative.
    I am here from New Friend Friday and decided to follow you. I hope you will check me out. I am #38 on Mr. Linky or http://traci66.blogspot.com
    Happy Friday

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  25. Stopping by from New Friend Friday. I'm following you now! Hope you can stop by and follow me, too. :)

    http://tweepoppets.blogspot.com
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    By the way, I'm starting a NEW BLOG HOP!!! It's called Tuesday Tag-Along, and it premieres this coming Tuesday! I hope you'll be there to join in the fun!

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  26. That really did turn out FABULOUS! :)

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  27. Now that is going on my DIY list of to dos!

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  28. Elegant! Love it. Happy New Friend Fri!

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  29. It's beautiful! I love the color too. I'm visiting from New Friend Friday at The Girl Creative.

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  30. That's awesome!! I need to start being more creative. I see so many great ideas out there.

    Just popping in on my Friend Making Friday rounds. Love your blog and wanted to say hello.

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  31. This is amazing!!

    I am hosting "Saturday is Crafty Day" tomorrow and I'd love it you stopped by!

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  32. I am so doing this. I hate to copy but I hope you are flattered. I have been looking at all of the projects on Fingerprints on the Fridge and this is definitely my fave.
    Pamela

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  33. Wow! I can't believe you painted that. It looks beautiful.
    -Crystal
    (I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow hope you don't mind-crystalscraftspot.blogspot.com)

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  34. WOW!!! IT looks just like the JCPenny one. I love it!

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  35. Wow! You go girl! & yours looks better! :)

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  36. Lovin' this idea!!! I Have a HUGE space to fill--I can't believe those are only 16 x 20...seem larger, they fill up the space so great!

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  37. This is fab! I love it..

    Thanks for joining Get Your craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party.

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  38. GORGEOUS! I like yours better than your inspiration.

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  39. That turned out so beautiful!!

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  40. This looks perfect...I love it! And you saved a ton of money too!

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  41. I like your's more than JC Penney's! Very unique shade of blue there. Great job!

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  42. This is truly inspirational. I found a cute card I'd like to use for my own tree inspiration. Thanks for showing me how!!!

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  43. I love this! I've been looking on etsy at artwork similar to this, but it's all been more than my frugal self wants to spend. You've inspired me to just do it on my own. Many thanks!!

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  44. so awesome looking! I remember seeing that in the jcpenney catalog and loving it! your blue is beautiful

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  45. Wow, you did an amazing job. It looks great!

    Susan,
    http://entertainexchange.blogspot.com/
    Party and entertaining inspiration.

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  46. uh-mazing. I'm all about cheap decorating projects right now since I'm on a newlywed budget and this would be awesome in our bedroom!!!

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  47. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Sunday Showcase! Love this! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  48. Hello! I'll be featuring your wall art today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Thanks for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! ~Stephanie Lynn

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  49. Wow! What a great idea!! It turned out sooo well!!

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  50. Hi,
    I followed you over from the Life As Lori link party. I am now a follower of yours. I would really love it if you stopped by and visited me too. Be sure to enter the drawing if you do. Keep up the good work. Rory http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/

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  51. I would be excited too--what fabulous impact--I am going to highlight this this week :)!

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  52. Wow! I am so impressed! That turned out gorgeous, and I can't believe you drew that tree yourself. Looks fabulous above your entertainment center. What a great way to fill up that space.
    Thank you for linking up to my party!
    Blessings,
    Trac

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  53. showing this off wednesday on my blog! Feel free to grab my I've been featured button!

    Thanks for linking up!

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  54. Super Amazing! Love the canvas art - I am obssessed with canvases and all you can do with them!!
    Love the trees and color!
    ashley
    www.noapologycrafts.blogspot.com

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  55. I like yours better than JC Penney's!
    Great job!

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  56. Very cute. I love trees, and yours is no exception.

    www.themudpuddle.etsy.com
    www.themudpuddleproject.blogspot.com

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  57. Love how organic and chic it looks! great job! stopping by from the CSI project! :)

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  58. Gorgeous! I may have to try something like this...

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  59. That is GORGEOUS!! Wow, what a statement for so little!

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  60. It turned out so great! What a great project to do at nap time:)

    Thanks so much for linking up to the CSI Project! We really appreciate it. I hope you will come back next week for our Hardware Store challenge!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  61. What a fabulous idea + a total bargain = girl, you are good!!

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  62. Love it, looks great!!

    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  63. Thanks for the idea! I made a similar piece and love it :)

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  64. I did the exact same thing about a year ago when I saw those prints at Penny's for like $80.

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  65. I just found your blog and I've gone all the way back to the beginning! Just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I LOVE this artwork! It's totally inspired me to do something similar. Though I doubt mine will come out nearly as good as yours!

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