Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

I needed some art for my bathroom redo.  I have some seriously awesome artists in my family (like people who actually sell their stuff) but alas I DID NOT GET ANY OF THAT TALENT, I have zero artistic ability, but what I do have are mad cutting skills so after the trashcan went so well I decided to do more contact paper art. Each picture cost me about $4.00 to make… so YEAH!


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I started off with these they cost me $8.something for the 3-pack.              @ (Wal-Mart)
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Then I painted them all burnt umber. I liked the lines in the paint so I only did one coat of burnt umber.  The paint was like $1.something
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When I was doing the trashcan I noticed the cherry blossoms in my clipart and I knew then, I would be using them.  I just enlarged them to the size I wanted, then I cut my contact paper to 8.5 X 11 and put it through my printer.   Then came the fun part, cutting them all out.
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After they were all cut out I placed them on the canvas.
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And carefully painted over the top of them.
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I added two coats of white and peeled the contact paper off as soon as I was done with the second coat, while it was still wet.
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I’ll show you how it all came together when I do my big bathroom reveal. (hopefully soon)

45 comments:

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

They look AMAZING!!!! You are amazing!

JKclark said...

That is awesome. I too do projects with contact paper. It's crazy how much people spend on vinyl. (Okay, so I'd probably do it too if I had the money) Thanks for keeping the ideas coming!

~Beth D. said...

great idea! the cherry blossoms are awesome!

Angie said...

Love this!

Marie C. said...

I'm a new follower to your blog and you just gave me a "Well, duh. I should hit myself for missing the obvious" moment. I don't have a fancy Silhouette machine, so I use contact paper, too...except that I was an idiot and always gave myself an extra step because I printed and then traced designs onto contact paper. I didn't even think to print directly on contact paper! Yeah, I know, I'm a genius.

Thank you for saving me from myself! :-)

Cris said...

Love this project!! I might try to do something like that! I am a follower now!

Susan said...

I saw your link at Tatertots and Jello and I love this! I can't draw at all either and have a few canvases laying around that I got on sale recently so maybe I'll try it. I never would've thought to print on contact paper!

Lela said...

That is awesome! I am looking to put some art at the head of our bed. So I am wondering, did you really just put the contact paper in a regular printer? Thanks

Beth said...

it's amazing what you can learn by following all these great blogs. Great project. Thanks so much for sharing all about how you did it. Can't wait to try this out.

MJ @ MD School Mrs said...

a NON-SILHOUETTE project? What? Those even exist anymore??

A big thank you from all of us who haven't shelled out the $225 for a silhouette - Personally, I think it looks just as good!

Thanks for sharing!
MJ @ MD School Mrs

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

That is really pretty, and very simple, when I first saw it I was like wow you hand painted that, but contact paper is a much better idea :)
Crystal

Jami said...

Well, aren't you clever! I just love the finished product, and who knew you could print on contacT paper??? Not me!

Sommer said...

That turned out BEAUTIFULLY! I am suprised to see you didn't use a silhouette lol. I would love to have you share this at my VIP party today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-8.html

Becky said...

I LOVE cherry blossom trees. These turned out amazing! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I featured this on my blog today. You can check out the post here:
http://justbeckause.blogspot.com/2011/03/blog-head-monday-5.html

Have a great day!

<3Becky
justbeckause.blogspot.com

Megan said...

very pretty. I love the blossoms. you are all set for spring.

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Madigan at madiganmade said...

What is it about cherry blossoms (and silouhettes) that I just adore?? LOVE this project. Simple elegant and stunning!

Monica said...

Contact paper?!?! Who knew?! That's awesome. I've been so envious of everyone and their fancy cricuts and vinyl, now I can play too! lol
Thanks for sharing!!
I'm a new follower ;)

Monica @ ellabellabutterfly.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

Love it!!! Great job!I'd love it if you joined the Glitter Link Party!
http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-tues-thurs-link-party.html

Michelle said...

What a great Idea! And perfect for those of us not fortunate enough to have a vinyl cutter!

Thanks For the inspiration!

Tasha from Creation Corner said...

Gorgeous. Just beautiful. Thank you for linking them up.

Katie said...

Found you on Creation Corner! This immediately caught my eye--such a great idea! Thanks for sharing the step by step process, I'm excited to come back and see it hanging up! Great job :)

Katie@Little Things Bring Smiles

Wendy @ Ramblings from the Sunshine State said...

That turned out really pretty!!

Natalia Lynn said...

Wow, this is beautiful! Very impressive, you would expect to see this at Pottery Barn or something. I love it! I am visiting from Vintage Wanna Bee's party and I am now your newest follower!

Shannon said...

Wow! You did an amazing job. It looks like a professional did it - seriously (despite the title of your blog). I love it!

Ruth said...

I love this idea. I do not have a cricut or silhouette so it's great to see a project done in an alternative way. I love that you could put the contact paper in your printer.

Ruth

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

I LOVE this! Its PERFECT for you to Link up at my Linky PAR-TAY,

Whassup Wednesday!!!

And I have a party button you can grab so your friends can come too:)

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xoxokara

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

ME again! OOPS...I think i hit the publish button 2 times...sorry:) Hope to see ya!

xoxokara

Lyssa said...

That is amazing. Great job. I love Cherry Blossoms too. I have never used contact paper but I want to try it now. Thank for sharing and linking up to Thrifty Thursdays!

Lyssa said...

This is amazing! I love how cherry blossoms look too!
Thanks for sharing and linking up to Thrifty thursdays!

EmmaJ said...

Look at these mad crafting skills! So cool, I love this project.

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

Holy cow!!! You are AMAZING!! I would never have the patience to cut that all out of contact paper. But I LOVE it and am in the market for art for MY bathroom...oh how I would LOVE to do this....

Thanks for linking up!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I am featuring you tomorrow!

Feel free to stop by my blog and grab an I've Been Featured button if you like.

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Janet said...

This is so cute!

Love the blog name!

www.iheartmygluegun.com

Krafty Kat said...

Are you crazy (zero artistic ability)?! I have seen lots of your projects- they are all AMAZING! Don't sell yourself short! These cherry blossoms are gorgeous, can't wait to see your bathroom reveal!

AmieAnn said...

These look amazing! Artistic ability or not you rocked it! Thanks soo much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you come up with next week.. And I am your newest follower!

AmieAnn said...

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Jaime Lynn said...

Could you please let us know where you got the clip art if possible? Id love to use it! Thanks! :)

Elite Design said...

I have a very large open wall in my family room this would be prefect...You Rock!

Jaime @ I'm a Mom not a Professional said...

I got my clipart online at printmaster

Karajeanne said...

I just cam across your blog while looking for cherry blossom clip art to do my living room tables, and well I got a little off task exploring your site. I love it, I'll have to keep on coming back.
Karajeanne
http://decor-voyeur.blogspot.com

Jo at theCreativeCollage said...

This turned out great! Love the color and texture. It is really really pretty - can't wait to see it hanging!

Melanie said...

This looks fantastic! What kind of paint did you use?

Jaime @ I'm a Mom not a Professional said...

I used acrylic paint

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Brilliant!!! Contact paper through your printer. :) Thanks for sharing. I can hardly wait to use that idea.
Jaime

c88fb518-2865-11e1-8b07-000f20980440 said...

Where do you buy that clear contact paper? I've looked everywhere for it and no where has it.