Hello, friends! Welcome to the summer edition of the Pinterest Challenge link party! I'm excited to see all of your awesome Pinterest-inspired projects and to share my little project, as well.
Speaking of... what do you get when you combine a pile of funky scrapbook paper, about a gallon of Mod Podge and a sentimental pregnant chick creating art for her soon-to-arrive son's nursery?
For my Pinterest Challenge project, I challenged myself to create this piece of art for my little man's nursery. Even though he's due in early September, David and I are waiting until the last minute to finalize his nursery because our sweet little 1952 ranch is currently on the market. More deets on that here.
With that said, I've sort of started in reverse order and began tackling some of the smaller projects for the nursery first, before we start big tasks like painting the room, etc. So far, I've created a rustic wooden growth chart and repainted a hand-me-down kiddo rocking chair with a color-block theme. That rocking chair melts my heart!
But anyways, back to the Mod Podge art project. Because our nursery work has been slow to start, it means so much to me (cue the sappy pregnant lady music!) to work on every sweet little project... and this art project was no exception!
I've seen a lot of great Mod Podge art all over Pinterest, like some of these.
I've been secretly scheming to create my own similar art for awhile, but it wasn't until I saw a painted + collaged piece of art at a local festival that inspiration really hit. The piece was essentially a rendering of the Atlanta city skyline. I. Loved. It. But for $200, I couldn't convince myself to bring it home. So what does this cheapola gal do? It was time to recreate my own.
After studying some of my favorite Atlanta landmarks online, I sketched out (ahem, I use that term loosely... I am definitely no artist!!) my vision on paper.
David and I made sure we included all of our favorite spots in the city (we both grew up here in Atlanta!), so there's a lot of sentiment in which buildings we chose. Next, I transferred my
Next up, I took this gigantic pile of scrapbook paper and began laying out pieces that I wanted to use for each building, making sure the colors and patterns worked well together.
It may look like a chaotic hot mess to you, but it was coming together for me!
Then came the tough part- cutting the buildings out of the scrapbook paper. I took the approach that this was for my little man's nursery, so I didn't need to take the fine architectural elements in each building too seriously. I tried to cut a few buildings out with a fine attention to detail and precision and they just didn't look right. So lots of buildings turned into basic squares and rectangles, and I'm okay with that : )
I asked David if he thought our son would be confused one day when I pointed out the buildings to him on the canvas and they didn't replicate the actual buildings in real life. David pointed out that he'll probably be more concerned as to why the buildings aren't painted with polka dots. Ha!
Side note: at this point, Maggie and Tucker weren't too sure how this was going to turn out. Let's take a brief moment to capture their thoughts about the project.
Much to their chagrin, the piece really started coming together!
After cutting out the shapes, it was time to glue these suckers down. Enter Mod Podge, an awesome glue/sealant/adhesive product that works on just about everything. By the way, I didn't actually use a gallon of Mod Podge like I said above, that was just me being silly. I used two gallons. Duh. I simply painted the glue on the back of all of the paper, as well as the canvas and certain corners and edges of the paper that liked to stick up.
I think it's starting to look like art....
And yes, that'd be my 31 week baby bump taking up a large part of this picture... it's kind of hard to get it out of the way at this point, even for blog pictures ; )
Next, I decided to paint the edges of the canvas with some craft paint for some extra detail. We're planning on using a lot of navy in the nursery, so it was an easy choice as to which color to use. I taped off the edges of the top so it'd be easier to paint the sides, but honestly I still had to wipe up smears that got onto the top part of the canvas.
I also added some green paper at the bottom of the piece to represent grass. Luckily, we actually do have a lot of greenery in Atlanta, so this is pretty accurate!
And the finished product?
Here's a close-up of each section of the piece. I included the Varsity restaurant (what'll ya have?), the Coca-Cola building, the gold-domed state Capitol, the rotating Westin hotel, Turner Field (home of the Braves), the Georgia Power building, the Bank of America building and the Fox Theater.
I'm kind of in love. I think it will be perfect for the nursery!
I really love the navy blue side accents, too.
Oh and by the way, I randomly took these photos in my kitchen/ mud room area!
Looks good in there, right? ; ) Since we haven't painted the nursery yet, it was the space with the best lighting available when I snapped these pictures. I did take one little shot of the piece in the nursery, with the rug that will be in the room. And yes, that wall color is dreadful. It can't wait to be painted.
All in all, I'm really happy with the piece. You can't see me, but I'm raising the roof (again) for Pinterest. Virtual high-five for being so inspirational, big P.
If you want to learn more about our budding nursery, you can check out these related posts: choosing a nursery room, buying a crib and glider, creating a rustic wooden growth chart and repainting a hand-me-down kiddo rocking chair with a color-block theme.
Speaking of... what were you inspired to make via Pinterest? It's time for you to link up your projects! And don't forget to link up with Sherry, Katie and Kate as well!