Friday, August 30, 2013

Land of Nod Hack

*This post originally appeared on my blog, Inkgenious on July 19, 2011. That blog has been made private so I may repost some of my own material from that blog here on Predilections on occasion.
For about a year now I have had a couple of blank canvases floating around my house. I finally decided what to do with one of them. I was perusing my Land of Nod catalog and saw this piece. I thought to myself, "that wouldn't be too hard to duplicate" so I did.

I started by hand cutting (freehand) all my alphabet letters out of patterned paper. For this project I used mostly Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon papers with some Pink Paislee, Stampin' Up and The Paper Company bits thrown in.

After I got my letters all cut, I painted my canvas with off white acrylic paint and let it dry. When it was dry I measured and drew vertical stripes on the canvas with my trusty yardstick using a Copic Marker in a really pale blue color to create the pinstripes (look closely--I promise they are there).

I put my letters where I wanted them and tacked them down lightly with a little bit of glue stick. When I finally found my Mod Podge (which took me forever to find because my organizational skills stink right now) I Mod-Podged over the whole thing with a sponge brush to seal it.

The most awesome thing about this project was that I didn't spend any money--I had all the materials, including the canvas, on hand. Even if you were to go out and purchase the materials though, it wouldn't come close to the $89.00 price tag that Land of Nod places on the original piece, so it's a project you could feel good about. Use up scraps of paper and a little paint and glue and you have some whimsical art for your kid's room. :) It's not perfect but that's part of its charm.
So what do you think? Is this something you might try? It's a great way to use up paper scraps. Maybe you could try it with fabric or embellish it with buttons, perhaps? I'd love to hear your ideas.

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