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Create Your Own Artwork

Jan 8, 2008
Do you want to add some art to your walls but don't know where to start?

Don't worry - even the most 'artistically challenged' of us can create our own works of art with just a little imagination and a few ideas.

One of my favorites takes little in the way of time, talent or money which I think makes it pretty perfect.

All you need are:

* A couple of box canvases from an artist supply store - the cheapest they have will do fine.

* A quantity of fabric a little bigger than the canvas (or the two canvases if making a pair).

* A staple gun - one of my favorite interior design tools.

The fabric needs to be completely crease free so iron or press it now if you need to. You will need to cut your fabric to be the size of the front of the canvas plus extra to cover the sides and an inch or two more. With your fabric good side down on a table, simply place the canvas in the center of the fabric. This should be good side down too.

You will need to pull the fabric up the side of the canvas and staple it at the back. The corners are probably best done as if you are wrapping a present rather than bunching up the fabric as you will want the canvas to hang flat against the wall. It doesn't matter if the back isn't neat as it won't be seen.

To achieve a good end result you need to make sure that the fabric is pulled as tightly as possible.

You can do this on your own but a third hand might be useful as it is not easy to pull tightly and staple at the same time - especially if working with a large canvas, so ask someone to help you.

I find that this idea works particularly well when you use a fabric that gives the illusion of a painting on canvas or a tapestry or when you are trying to add a splash of color to an otherwise plain room. It is also a good way of co-ordinating your cushion covers with your wall decor to give the room a cohesive look.

If you buy a bed-in-a-bag set you may find you have excess pieces and this idea works well in a bedroom when something - an unwanted pillow sham for example - is used to create a stylish look. This is particularly good if you have something that is the opposite color-way of the main fabric of your bed cover rather than exactly the same.
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