Sunday, August 21, 2011

Distressed Art

I have found a new love....Distressed Art! I love old-looking artwork and unique pieces, so when I found out how to make some for myself I just had to get to it. Delia at Delia Creates has a great tutorial on how to make distressed wall art. Using blank canvases and gel medium, you can turn any photocopied image into beautiful artwork. The trick is to use super cheap paper and and a copier with toner. The cheap paper and copier at the hospital was absolutely perfect!!  It may seem complicated, but it's super easy and the results are totally worth the time!

My first project of course had to be a picture of my favorite little person.

This was one of her 6 month pictures, taken by the fabulous Angie Dean . This is probably my all time favorite picture of her. It looked old fashioned to begin with, but this distressing was the icing on the cake!

This is the original photo I have framed, and the distressed canvas next to it. Not too shabby.

When Hubby and I were in Myrtle Beach a few months ago, I saw a plate in an SC store that had the most amazing saying on it. Ya'll know that I have a serious love for all things South Carolina...

I wanted to see if the transfer using gel medium would work if I painted the canvas first. It worked!! I wanted swirls and polka dots for my kitchen, and I put the saying right on top. It will be a welcome addition to the wall.

I love how both of them turned out. I have ideas of other project swirling in my head using the distressed concept, and I can't wait to work on them! I'm thinking some great Christmas decorations....

God is Good,
God is Great.
Thank you God
for the
Palmetto State!

This could of course be written for any state, or state of mind for that matter.


  1. Oh my gosh, that is SUCH a great idea! I love distressed artwork too, I think it adds so much character! I can't wait to look at that tutorial. I just bought a cute vintage heart shaped rose frame that would look adorable with a picture like this in it. That picture you chose really is perfect! I would LOVE for you to stop by my blog sometime and say hi!
    Have a GREAT weekend!

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