Friday, February 8, 2008

Making Me Happy Today

This adorable paper crafting party invitation from my sister, Shannon:

A beautiful hook given to me by my mother. She purchased it while on her trip to France. I finally decided on the perfect spot:
There was a bare space (heaven forbid) between the two closet doors in our bedroom. Every time I looked at it I thought I should hang something there, but I didn't want it to be something too bold. Now I have something lovely to smile at when I wake up:

Reading Ali Edwards' blog, I was inspired once again to create a little something. I wish I had the awesome butterfly punch that she used for her collage, but it wouldn't have looked right for the large collage that I had in mind anyway. The display on this bookshelf was very stagnant. I was excited to do something new:

The artwork was very simple to create. I started with an artists' canvas. I often paint them, but decided to leave this one white to stand out against the wall and showcase the circle design.

I dragged out my folders of paper and chose a variety of designs. I love red and thought it was fitting for February. I added a bit of black and a few naturals. Then I popped in some green to tie in the grasses. Using my circle cutter, I started right in.
I placed the circle cut-outs on the canvas to get an idea of layout and how many I would need. I didn't want a lot of white space.
After all my circles were cut out, I played around with them--arranging them until I liked the positions of the colors and patterns. Then I simply glued them on. No measuring, just eye-balling it! Voila! Wall art.

I loved the smaller framed collage that Ali Edwards showcased. Any repeated shape would be fun, and you could use tiny scraps of paper or magazines and catalogs to make your design.


heather said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing, along with the steps of "how to." I am getting super antsy to get my walls filled up. This is helpful.

Renee said...

Love this project! In March, when our calendar slows a little I am going to try it! I didn't get to create the grass this project is a must! Aren't you glad you started posting these projects? It's a kindof accountability for taking time to create and enjoy little bits of beauty. Good for you! Thanks for sharing.

Renee said...

I linked to this project! I hope you don't mind. It's just too fun not to share!

Heidi said...

Heather~ I think a project like this would look great in your home. It is a personal and fairly inexpensive way to spruce up a wall.

The Good~ I *am* glad I started posting these projects. You have no idea how good it has felt to get back in a creative mood after such a long time of just being an exhausted mother! I feel like me again! Absolutely feel free to link whenever. :)

Mark said...

I love your finished product! The white canvas with different colored circles looks great together. I love how you included the green. Thanks for sharing!

ohradiogirl said...

Great take on Ali's collage. I think I will try something akin to what you did to add to my bare white walls at home. I will try an 'Ali-like' collage to post up in my craft space. Good stuff. Thanks for posting.

Totallyscrappy said...

A lovely collage!