The Nursery: Chapter 6 {DIY art}

>> Monday, February 28, 2011

Last week I tackled some DIY art I had planned for the baby's nursery.  My very, very talented and creative friend Laura was the originator of this DIY. She posted pics of her baby's nursery on Facebook several months ago and I immediately emailed her to see if I could commission her to paint me the same painting she had hanging over her changing table. Laura is beyond a crafter like myself, she is an artist. One time after Mr. Sabbe and I had visited with she and her husband at their house, Mr. Sabbe made the comment "I think she might be better at this design on a budget stuff than you are." We almost divorced that day:)

When I found out that Laura's art was not a painting, but a manipulation of free online clip art paired with a bottle of decoupage, I decided I would give it a go. First I purchased a 24x36 canvas at our local art store for $8. Second, because I knew that the orange that I was trying to pull from in my rug would not come in an acrylic tube, and I am not a professional paint mixer, I matched the orange in the rug with a color in a paint deck. Then I took it to Home Depot and had them make one of the $3 sample paint jars in that color. Then I painted the canvas.

For the tricycle I took the same image Laura used into Illustrator and ran the live trace tool. Then I flipped it because I wanted my tricycle facing the opposite way on the canvas. I took the image to Kinkos and had them run a 20x30 black and white plot for around $3.50. HERE is the image if you are interested in giving this DIY a try.

I cut out the tricycle, covered the back in decoupage, and laid it on my dry canvas. Then I painted all around the edges of the image with more decoupage. You have to be pretty aggressive about smoothing out all of the bubbles during this stage. And because I wanted the tricycle to look as integrated as possible on the canvas, and the fact that decoupauge dries a little shiny, I then covered the entire canvas with a coat of gloss varnish (which I already had). And whaalaaa, DIY nursery art, for less than $20.

 See how well it goes with his rug.
I really like it. Our little guy does not have a window in his nursery, so I really wanted to do something bright. For a little girl I thought it would be cute to use the same image and have colorful ribbons, that looked like streamers, coming off the handle bars. Let me know if you give it a try!


abode love February 28, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

I LOOOVE this art! I also love that it was made by you... it makes it so special :) Thanks for sharing this DIY-- I'm definitely going to remember this for future projects! Looks GREAT with the rug....

pve design February 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM  

How sweet for your little tike! I love the stories you add to each of your posts. I love knowing that comments from husbands can be grounds for divorce, but I bet you won him over with that great work of art. I almost typed "run" him over.... ha ha.

lizziefitz February 28, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

This is such a great idea. When are you opening an etsy shop?

Julie Q February 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

NICE!! I really need to get back into trying out some DIY stuff, its so hard with Etsy barking in my ear every day :)

And our 'pregnancy coffee' date needs to be turned into a 'summer play/coffee date' with the babies :)

Emily @ GEORGE Interior Design February 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM  

cool! i think this could translate well to grown up art too! i have a friend who needs something over her sofa...i'm going to send her your link!

Anna of IHOD February 28, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

Isn't it fun planning a nursery! that carpet is awesome!

Melissa February 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

That is fantastic! I will have to steal for my boys' room-- I have already used orange (M.S. "Butterscotch") and I'm considering that rug. Do you love it?

Emily February 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM  

okay, i am loving this idea and you are so crafty! it would also be cute if you could do a baby pic of you and bryan in black and white on one. or the new baby sabbe!!! :)

Savor Home February 28, 2011 at 6:44 PM  

Lovely touch! It's also a great thing to pass down. Hope you had a great day!

Amy @ Varnish February 28, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

Show off! I'm going to post on my nursery artwork now too!!!

Lola Storm February 28, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

Awesome! Thanks for the great step-by-step. I must needs try this (in MY bedroom)...

Rambling Renovators February 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

That looks so fantastic! What a great DIY. It looks fab with the rug.

Bella March 1, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

Awesome idea yet again! How do you do it? Glad we met :). Hoping to get you your photo DVD soon. I have such a huge backlog. Aiming for the end of this week. I hope you had a great weekend at the lodge!

Bella March 1, 2011 at 8:53 AM  

Your friend has some awesome ideas. I must imitate when I start to decorate :).

Honeybee Ministries March 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM  

Nice!! I like how it's all coming together!

And Yeah...Laura is just like from another planet...You should ask her to send you a pic of the piece of art she did to depict Psalm's freakin jaw dropping. You'll get goose bumps.

The Social Secretary March 3, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

this is wonderful. what a good idea!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking March 3, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

You are so talented!!Your nursery is going to look awesome!

Beth @ the Modern Home March 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM  

I love this! Do you mind if I share it on the Modern Home?

Rebecca April 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM  

It looks a bit intimidating for someone like myself who is definitely NOT a diy-er but I'm going to give this a try! Thanks for the great tip!


dusty@TheRedPolkaDot July 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

Wow what a great idea and the art looks so professional. I think I am going to do this with a train, I'll send pics if I do. I love it though!!! I featured the post on theRedPolkaDot. Enjoy your blog

xxx xxx November 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

Thank you so much for sharing this! However, I don't know what a "20x30 plot" is. What is that? Is that like a stencil?

Lola Storm April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

Boohoo -- I came back, trying to remember the details of this tutorial, but the pictures aren't showing up for me (and I'm a very visual girl)! Any chance they will return? :)

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