A Simple (and free) DIY To Create Some Seriously Cute Kid’s Art

We’ve all been stuck at home during this quarantine and while I can still online shop, there is nothing like a good trip to the thrift store.  If I had to pick the one thing I miss most about thrift stores, it would hands down be the art.  And while I can’t leave the house, I decided to get creative.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve had the kids draw/paint pictures that I framed and hung up in their bedroom.

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Step 1:  Grab all the old frames I had in the house and put them in a pile so that I could see what sizes I was working with.

Step 2: Grab all the books that you feel comfortable murdering and put them in a pile so you can see all the different sizes–in all seriousness, we have tons of duplicate books from bday parties and gifts.

Step 3: Make two piles–A pile for the books that have art that speaks to you, and a pile for the books that don’t.

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Step 4: Go through the pile you love and start to pick out what pictures you want in what frames–and trim the pages when applicable.

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I also opted to keep the glass out of the frame because I really hate when there’s a glare.  See below?  No bueno.

img_5311Because I was doing a gallery wall, I decided to spray paint some of the frames so I could have a good mix of metals.

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I wish you could see it in person, the wall is coming to life!  Who knew that children’s books would make such beautiful art.img_5356

My kids absolutely love it too!

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Here’s the link to my highlights where you can see a close up of all the pieces and a video of the wall. 

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As always, please DM me on Instagram if you try it.  I would LOVE to see.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art To Frames: My Source For Framing.

Last week I wrote about some of my favorite digital download sources, and so many of you asked about framing!  I’ve used a few framing companies, but I thought I’d share one of my favorites, and how it worked.

I used Art To Frames for my most recent art purchases because I’ve used them before and really love their frames. Here’s what I did:

Step 1:

Purchase the art download and save it.

Step 2:

Go to Art To Frame’s website and start browsing.  They have tons of selections!

Step 3:

Choose the frame, glass, matting..etc

Step 4:

Upload the art and they will print and frame it for you.  Sit back, relax, and wait for it to come in the mail.  It’s that easy.  (same with family photos, or anything you want printed)

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I chose the muted glow picture frame for these.

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Here’s a close up, the frame is beautiful..

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That’s the process if you want them to print it for you, however, I have ordered a frame solo before too.  I had some fine art I needed to frame.

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I’ll probably be back for more when I do my family photo wall down the road, and my kid’s art wall too!  I snagged you guys a 15% discount code that lasts a week (Until January 20, 2020).  Use Pretty15 at checkout!  Now go get crazy and enjoy! 🙂

Love,

Deema

My Top 7 Sources For Digital Downloadable Art

The number one thing I have consistently been asked about on my Instagram account is, “Where did you get that art?”  First of all, there is a special place in my heart for original art pieces.  Unfortunately my bank account cannot keep up with my love for most art, and digital downloads have been my affordable alternative.  It has taken me a LONG time to find all the pieces in my home, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite finds as a result of months of internet searches.  You are so welcome.

Without further ado, below are the 7 shops I have downloads from in my home.

(Please excuse the glare and the amateur photos)

1. Echo Shop

You can find them on Etsy here.  I personally have two of their pieces in my home.  Both of these pieces are framed by Framebridge.

**TIP: You can pick whatever company you’d like, however, I’ll be sharing the 3 frame companies I’ve used for all the art in my home.  It’s definitely cheaper to print it yourself (like at Staples, Shutterfly, or any other print shop), but I personally like the convenience of having it printed and framed for me.  It also looks way more professional–I HIGHLY recommend.

The two pieces I have are:

Altered Portrait Vintage Painting Bohemian

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The glare is tough…here’s another angle…

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Altered Vintage Portrait Eclectic

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2. Chaos And Wonder Design

This shop can be found here.  All these were framed by Frame It Easy.

Altered Painting

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Collage Surreal Art Portrait

These used to be together on my dot wall, but I now have them separated.  However, they are beautiful together, and they come as a set.  Below is the first one that’s on my new gallery wall..

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And here’s his partner that still doesn’t have a home yet..

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3. SMUZI

I’ve used this shop the most, you can find them here.  I’ve used them for a ton of pieces in my old apartment, and you can find the link to that blog post here (there are some good ones there, be sure to check it out).  I used Frame It Easy for all these.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Jack Nicholson

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He is one of my favorites, and definitely my most popular piece.  He is currently off the wall temporarily until I find him a home.

Peony

This one is currently on my kitchen counter.

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James Dean

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4. Ashlee Binder 

You can find her shop here. Below is the piece I have in my bedroom.  This was framed by Framebridge.

Minimalist Cottage Photo

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5. Belle Art Prints

You can find her shop here.  I had this framed at Frame It Easy.

The Goldfnch Print

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6. BFF Print Shop

You can check their website out here.  I have two prints from them, and both are framed by Art To Frames.  Do me a favor and go to their website for a better picture.  There is so much glare from the windows behind me that no matter how close I get, you can’t really appreciate the texture that these prints offer.

The picture on the left is the Guitar Player, and the one on the right is the Man Studying.

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7. Juniper Print Shop

Last but not least, you can find their shop here.  The print below is framed by Art to Frames.

Cedar

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And that’s a wrap folks.  I encourage you to check out all those shops and their other pieces, you will not be disappointed.  And be sure to visit me on Instagram, and share your thoughts.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema