Category Archives: Art

The Printable Bug

Perhaps it is well known to many of you out there, but I have only recently discovered the trend of “printables” out there on the wide world web. From cupcake toppers to patriotic 4th of July quotes to cute coloring pages, whatever the style and whatever the purpose, you can download them online and your printer will spit them out. Though I’m not necessarily downloading every single one out there (I’m not so cute as to bake cupcakes, much less top them with anything so adorable, nor am I so patriotic as to display anything about the US of A), I think the general idea is pretty sweet.

So, as inspired partly by this beautiful printable (which is the first one that caught my eye), I have made and am now posting my first self-made printable in honor of my graduation from failed to novice gardener. You can read about my new, very exciting success in my last post, Brown Thumb Vanquished!

Here is the printable as a blank slate. Click on the words Just Keep Growing to download for free and color yourself!

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Here I am coloring it. Now you all know that I let my fingernails get to this shameless point. *Sigh*photo (60)

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And here it is when I was finished with it:

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 Again, if you have a green thumb to celebrate, or want a reminder to inner self … or just like coloring …  you can click on the words Just Keep Growing to download for free and color yourself! Heads up – It goes on 11×17 inch paper.

Moral of the Day

Dark chocolate (we’re talkin’ 85%+) is a frequent treat in our cupboards.

This morning (yes, morning, don’t judge) Daniel asked me if I would like a square of our Blackout dark chocolate. As it is delicious, I accepted.

It turns out, after one square … I really wanted another. So I proposed we each have another, but Daniel hesitated. I suppose his conscience began whispering, “It’s morning” on his shoulder just about then. But rather than leave myself at the mercy of his unpredictable answer, I swiped the foil-wrapped goodness off the counter, placed one square in his hand and the other one in mine.

However, along with that piece of chocolate, I offered a piece of sage advice:

“Never give a girl a piece of chocolate unless you’re prepared to give her another.” 

This little nugget of wisdom, or “moral of the day” inspired two pieces of art in our household today…

Inspired Artwork #1) This drawing by moi.

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Inspired Artwork #2) This message, by Daniel, on our fridge with those wonderful magnetic letters.

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… which then got rearranged to form this:

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Fun in the apartment this spring break!

Dear Plexiglass, You Made My Day

Is there anyone else out there with a piece of art they adore that has some awkward measurements that don’t fit in ANY frame, but you don’t have the money to buy a custom frame … or the skills to make your own?

That is the story of me and this great print, Violeiros, by Brazilian printmaker José Miguel. I found it at lovely Tesoros Trading Company on South Congress for a pretty reasonable price for a piece of art that you love. You might have noticed it in my last post, laying on the chest beside the sofa like the lost piece of art it was when it was replaced by the frame collage.

This piece of art has caused me a good amount of distress, especially when I first bought it, couldn’t wait to hang it, and found that not even the mothership of home stores, IKEA, didn’t have a frame that would fit it. So about 9 months after hanging it squeezed between two swaths of wood boards, I decided to hang it with a DIY plexiglass frame. The bathroom wall was the only wall left that was JUST the right size for it.

So I followed a combination of instructions I found online, which I can no longer bring back up in my search! So here it goes at a summary how-to.

STEP 1: Measure your piece and buy plastic sheeting from the glass and plastics department at Lowe’s. Do NOT think you can do this at Home Depot, because they will not cut your plexiglass or plastic for you. Lowe’s will. For free.

When measuring, give yourself about 1.5 inches for margin around your artwork. This is enough space so you can drill holes for the screws, but small enough to not drown your art in a floating frame of nothingness.

STEP 2: Add to your shopping cart 4 screws, 4 nuts, 12 washers, picture-hanging wire, and a picture-hanging hook.

STEP 3: Place your art where you like between two sheets of the plastic. Perhaps tape it into place with tape on the back of the piece if it won’t damage it. Also tape the sheets of plastic together to prevent them from sliding when you drill the holds in the corner.

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STEP 4: If you notice the cloudy look of the plastic, it is due to the protective film on both sheets, which you will remove entirely at the end. For now, just peel off the corners of the film protecting the plastic so you can drill. Leave on the rest of it until you are ready to hang to prevent getting fingerprints all over it while you are handling it.

STEP 5: Measure where you will drill your holds — about 1 inch from each border.

STEP 6: Pick the right drill-bit for the size of your screws. Start small and work bigger until you find the right one. I held up my screw to my drill bits and picked one I thought would work, but erred on the small side. Daniel drilled, and we tested to see if the screw would make it through the hole. When it didn’t, we went 1/8 of an inch larger until we found the right one. Then drill your holes.

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STEP 7: Screw the plastic sheets together. You want a washer on the front, between the plastic sheets, and at the back before you screw the nut on the back.

STEP 8: Loosen the nut at the back slightly so you can wrap the wire to each of the top screws. Follow the instructions that come with it to make sure it is stable.

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STEP 9. Install the hook in the wall, peel off the rest of the protective film, hang the picture, and … voila!

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And here’s a before and after for you…

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AFTER

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