Thursday, May 15, 2014

AUDREY HEPBURN INSPIRED WALL ART {SUMMER STYLE SOIREE}



Welcome to our first project of the Summer Style Soiree!  If you're new here, I'm so glad you're visiting.  Many thanks to Heather from Southern State of Mind who is the mastermind behind this little series and challenged us to create some projects through the summer inspired by four famous fashion icons.  We're starting off today with the beautiful Audrey Hepburn!

Well, my choice is no big surprise, but this image of Audrey inspired my project:

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She was a lover of black and white stripes too.  She also had a number of fun quotes, and I chose a line out of this one to highlight.

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I started with a thick 18" canvas that I picked up at the thrift store for a few dollars.  Cute, but I had other plans for it.  I think cashier was a little dismayed when I told her I'd be painting over it.


I knew I wanted to have some variation in the lettering, and for the emphasized words to have a colorful, abstract feel.  I started by making off the section of canvas where those words would be, and covering it with a variety of colors.  No rhyme or reason, just spots of paint.

After allowing that to fully dry, I adhered some large scrapbook stickers for the words "Happy" and "Prettiest."  Then, sprayed the entire canvas white.


After allowing for drying time again, I used Frog Tape to mark off stripes and then sprayed black.  Two striped projects in one week!

Shortly following the final coat of black, I peeled the tape and large stickers off.  The tip of an exacto knife is helpful in lifting the corners of the letters if your letters are stuck down really well.

Full disclosure if you want to try a project like this:  these stickers didn't stick very well to the canvas, so there were some messy edges.  A few touch-ups with a small brush fixed it right up.


Finally, I used these to complete the phrase.  I had planned to paint the gold lettering as well, but when I saw these stickers I decided to take the easy route for this part.  Unlike the larger letters, these DID stick well.


Just about finished, I thought it needed something more.  With Kayla's cute project fresh on my mind, I added a few thumbtacks to the edges.



When I planned this project, I had in mind to hang it in my daughter's room or bathroom as a reminder that there's no better accessory than a smile.  However, I'm not sure it will make it back there as I'm really enjoying it in the hall next to our powder bath!



Be sure to stop by these blogs too and see some other fun Audrey inspired projects!
Kristin from Bliss at Home
Amy from Blissful Bee
Amanda from Dixie Delights
Angela from Life in Velvet
Carmel from Our Fifth House
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Heather from Southern State of Mind


Now, we want to see what you created inspired by Audrey Hepburn.  Link up your project!






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30 comments:

  1. So cute Jennifer! I love that quote :) xo Kristin

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  2. I love that quote, the repurposing of a thrift store canvas, and especially love the technique you used for the paint affect. How fun, pretty and clever. Also the gold thumbtacks finish it off so well. I have to share this with my daughter…..I'm already thinking this would make a great project for her room!

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  3. Such a great quote and good message for our daughters! And way you did it is so fun - love how it turned out!

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  4. Jennifer, I LOVE this! The colorful lettering is gorgeous and the black and white makes it all pop!

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  5. I couldn't love this more. Perfect!!!

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  6. so fun! Love the quote too and I am guessing your daughter will see it plenty where you have located it. I have a few canvases floating around my house and now some inspiration!

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  7. i love that wall art you made - the colors are fantastic and the stripes just made it pop!!!! Another inspiration for my future nursery i think! thanks for hosting Jennifer!

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  8. Jennifer, I love it!!!

    XO,
    Krista
    www.goodwillglam.com

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  9. Great wall art, love it! I also love your black door :)

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  10. love the fun colors paired with the black and white stripes!

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  11. Adore the quote and the art is so you. Perfect!

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  12. such a great idea! i love the bright colors with the black and white stripes!

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  13. This is super cute! Love the stripes with the pops of color!

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  14. Such a wonderful quote and unique art piece! I love how it turned out...just gorgeous!

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  15. Love it! Have always loved Audrey and that quote too. I think using color for the words is genius!

    xo
    Pat

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  16. This is just way too much fun :) Love it!

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  17. That looks amazing and I love the saying - just the perfect spot!!

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  18. Super cute, love the b & w stripes! I bet your Emily loves it!! :)

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  19. This turned out so cute! I love where it landed in your house and goes perfect! What a sweet reminder for your daughter!

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  20. I love this! What a classic reminder for your daughter, and heck, all of us!

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  21. So cute! I'm in love with the bold colors and graphic stripes. Makes me smile just looking at it!

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  22. Fun project, and I'm so glad I found your blog through this link-up!

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  23. This turned out great and what a fun series! I'd love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog, http://upcycledtreasures.com/2014/05/makers-link-party-17/ Hope to see you there!
    ~Katie

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  24. Such a cute idea and fun piece of art! I love the turtle shell too :)

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  25. Love that Audrey quote and it looks so happy in your home, Jennifer! Love the black & white stripes. Nice touch! Fun series!

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  26. I just have to ask...what color are your walls painted? With what kind of paint (SW eggshell, semigloss etc). Appreciate you're feedback, thank you!

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