Monday, January 17, 2011

Do I see a contender for Artist's Date #4?

It is quite possible that The Artist's Way is a disease.  I feel creativity spreading throughout my days and weeks. Today I stopped by the dollar store to get some batteries for Honey's BBQ lamp. While there I saw a hideous frame:

It cried out: "Please, rescue me!" But what could I do with a hideous gold frame? That's when inspiration struck. I have spray paint (always a favorite). I have fun scrapbook paper (on clearance at Michael's!). I have Mod Podge.  It was time for a mini project. Not something big enough to be considered an artist's date, but something fun.

I removed the glass and the matte from the frame. I spray painted the frame black to match the paper I chose. I then took the matte and cut strips of paper to Mod Podge along the inside:

Once I let it dry, all I had left to do was reassemble everything and choose a photo! This was my first attempt, so it wasn't as perfect as I would like, but it works and I am excited to try it again. Poor, forlorn frames, fear no longer -- I will rescue you from a life of misery!

Today's artistic endeavor inspired me to look around for other projects.  I've been looking for lamps for the family room, wanting something unique, in my price range, and "nowtro" (kind of like the 70s, but updated -- like our house). Tonight I found a tutorial for a wonderful lamp idea and I am so excited to try it!  It seems the ideas just keep coming. Yay!

UPDATE (1/28/11):
I realized that I should start offering links on my posts back to different crafty blogs where I've shared my ideas and found great new inspiration.  I've posted some "buttons" to various blogs that I love and have linked, but this is probably a better, more deliberate way of keeping track of things.  So here it goes....

You can find this project on The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday.


  1. That is such a cute frame! It turned out very nicely. And much better than the original!

  2. Thank you, my dear! The only problem is that I already have a dollar store if I can even take ugly things and make them work for my life, I am quite afraid the addiction will increase!

  3. Stumbled upon your blog via a little lovely. I am always spray painting frames and anything else that needs it. I have never thought to jazzy up the matte, glad you are here to point out the obvious. :) Glad to be a new follower, please consider linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S.=Keep It Simple Sunday, link is open til Tues. evening.

  4. Thanks, Christina -- I'm glad I could add a little inspiration. And I was happy to discover your blog and your crafty ideas! K.I.S.S. is definitely on my radar now! :-)

  5. I love the colors of the paper it looks great with the frame.

  6. Thanks for linking up at my blog bash K.I.S.S=Keep It Simple Sunday, I appreciate your creativity.


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