July 18, 2011

100th Post!! And (if there's time) an art tutorial!

100th post on this blog!! An exciting milestone that I'm glad I didn't miss. How do I want to celebrate? Well, an art turtorial of course! This is an awesome cheater project (don't worry, I won't tell).

A corner of our living room was looking a little too sparse, so I decided to spruce it up with some cheap artwork using mostly things that I had at home (and normal people could find at a craft store)

I grabbed two art frames, and headed (virtually) over to Graphics Fairy (who I`ve mentioned here before) for some ol`fashion prints. I simply printed the images on white cardstock, taped them to large white poster board, and framed!

Loved it! Except, something was off. I lived with it for a few days until I realized what it was.
The white cardstock was a much brighter white than the poster board. Boo.

So I decided to get crafty again, and I carefully removed the art from the frame to rearrange it.

I decided to add a border of black to frame the white cardstock, to see if that fixed the problem (Spoiler alert: it did). I grabbed some black cardstock (sometimes it's nice to have a surplus of scrapbooking supplies in the house) and my handy tools.

I fiddled around with the black cardstock to see how much I wanted to show - I decided on 1/2 cm all the way around the print.

Because both cardstock pieces are 8 1/2" x 11", I figured I would cut the print down 1/2 cm on each side, so that the black cardstock would be big enough for the frame.

Chop chop!

Then I lined up my snipped print with the black cardstock and taped in place (I always like my artwork to be reversible)

And I taped the newly matted print back on to the off white poster board.

Hint for when framing: SwifterDusters are the best!! A quick once-over will make sure that no little fluffs and how-did-that-get-there 's get framed as well.

And here are my two newly reframed prints! I love the way the black matting frames the print so perfectly. Even without the white/off white dilemma this is a great idea.

And here is a before-and-after, so you don't have to tire your weary finger from scrolling up to the top of the post.



And there you have it! A quick artwork idea to fill up an empty wall, while not breaking the bank. Because I had all these supplies on hand, the whole project cost me zip! Here is a break down for you 'Norms':

Frames $8 each
Poster board $3.50 each
White and black cardstock $3.00 for a package of 100 sheets

This only feeds my need for vintage prints. What type of cheap artwork do you have in your place? Any bicycles in your living room? Every room needs a little 'bicycle'.


  1. I love it, you need to come to my house and do it cause the bicycle in my living room is well - an actual bike!!! :)

  2. Teenagers can ruin any nice house..