Work of Art: Kitschy

My favorite show on TV right now? Work of Art. I’ve decided to play along at home when I feel up to it health wise… bear with me because I’ll be a few episodes behind for a while.

The first episode the artists had to use pieces of “bad” or “kitschy” art and use it as a basis for their own piece. Funny….I actually really liked some of the art that they deemed “bad” art….beauty is in they eye of the beholder, right?

I decided to make my own version of “re-done” kitschy art. My goal was to use some old thrift store art we had in our garage and not spend any money on new supplies. Here is the original art:



I transformed them into these fun pieces:



First, I traced the  images with tracing paper……



…..and used transfer paper to put the image onto another piece of canvas:



I used black liquid acrylic to sketch out the images:


Now just a doodled outline of the original:


I spray painted the 80’s gold frames into a bright red:


A new modern look:


Of course I just love making things that are pretty….I don’t think much about meaning or what the audience might think. I never had any interest in art history either….so the judges would rip my stuff apart!


But I love a challenge!



If you haven’t watched Work of Art check it out!  I drool over the studio they get to work in…..all those materials and the creative minds at work. I dream of being in an environment like that and I love the weekly challenge!  So fun!




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Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

    Fun! I love that red

  2. 2

    I love yours – I haven’t heard of that show, but will now have to tune in! How smart to do the outline – it is so graphic with the red frames. Glad to see you feeling up to some fun.

  3. 3

    How cute! I love the red frames with the black and white art. Actually, I love all the projects you do. :)

  4. 4

    I love the red! I like the show too, you have inspired me to (maybe) play along with you. Hope you continue to feel up to it! :)

  5. 5

    These are darling!!!

  6. 6

    Most lovely. Taking something old and making it new again. Great “sketch”. Love it. And love the updated red frame. Glad you are feeling better… Keep your mind busy- it’ll make recovery that much faster and better.

  7. 7

    Oh I love them!

  8. 8

    I LOOOVE that show. When I happen to see it on I get super excited to see what they’ve got going on this week.
    That was a fun post…cute stuff. I’m a sucker for bold lines too.


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