As I have said before, I love having real art in my house. It feels special to have art that not everyone else has. While we can’t afford to go to local galleries and buy original paintings, I have to find other ways to fill our house with original (or at least rare) works of art.
I did this painting a couple years ago. I had seen some like it on Pinterest or Etsy or somewhere. I decided that I could do it myself, but use my favorite books. I did it over a weekend when Jesse was out of town (and before I had any babies).
I did it to scale, meaning I just took the book, laid it on its spine and traced it onto the canvases. I used two canvases because I didn’t have one the right size on hand. I could have gone to buy one, but this was cheaper and easier. And that’s the way a roll. Cheap and lazy.
These are all my favorite books. Sure, I might be a little embarrassed to admit a couple, (ahem) but I have to live my own truth. Haha. Sure, I should have used a smaller brush, or perhaps more patience with the writing, but I like how it ended up. I like how it looks handmade and imperfect.
It hangs in our hallway, so I see it multiple times a day. Sure, it might be a little small for its space, but things move around in our house a lot, so I’m sure it will live somewhere more fitting someday. For now it works, and I love it.
I love that you want to fill your house with original artwork! I feel like that just makes each piece mean so much more. And how cool is it, that your daughters can grow up seeing Mom’s pieces hanging on the wall? Someday soon it will be their pieces hanging up there.
Your house is full of your art, too! I love that about your house. You totally have that ‘see-something-on-the-internet-and-make-it-yourself’ attitude! 🙂