Make a Button Art Collage

Boo and I finished her Cinderella button collage this weekend!  I made a time lapse process video filled with our tips and tricks and where to buy buttons:

(here’s the direct video link if you have trouble viewing)

 

Here’s the finished piece:

Cinderella Button Art Collage via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

 

Now we’ve got three…..I have a few others in mind right now for the next installment.

Button Project Ideas via lilblueboo.com (click through to see the "DIY How To" HD  time lapse video)

Here are some closeups of the collage so you can see some of the cool little buttons we used: (click continue to read more….)

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The Finished Waves Border….

Remember Jacqueline, the woman who contacted me to paint “waves” for her son’s room? And I helped her do it herself? Look how it turned out! She sent me photos. What an amazing room for a little boy…..so many unique nautical details…..even the fan is made out of canvas to resemble a “sail.”
The Finished Waves Border via lilblueboo.com
The Finished Waves Border 2 via lilblueboo.com
The Finished Waves Border 3 via lilblueboo.com
The Finished Waves Border 4 via lilblueboo.com
The Finished Waves Border 5 via lilblueboo.com
The Finished Waves Border 6 via lilblueboo.com
Want to create this border for a room? You can download the “waves” template I created for her at my post How to make your own mural border template.

Fairy Forest Mural Paint Colors

I’ve had several emails asking what the paint colors were for my fairy forest mural, so here they are:

Fairy Forest Mural Paint Colors via lilblueboo.com

Images from Disney
For the pixie dust, I also used Rustoleum Glow-in-the-dark paint.
For the chalkboard, you can find the materials used at my Magnetic Chalkboard & Growth Chart post.
Also, the Disney website has some cute templates you can download here.
You can download the TV frame here.
Here is my cup that you can thrown change into ;)

Fairy Forest Mural and Butterfly Template Download

Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download via lilblueboo.com
I just finished a fairy forest mural today. It is for a family’s vacation home in the desert and they wanted to make the room extra special for their three little girls to come and visit!
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download via lilblueboo.com
Huge purple frame surrounds the flat screen TV
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download 2 via lilblueboo.com
Chalkboard shaped like a butterfly
(see my tutorials on how to make your own template and chalkboard)
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download 3 via lilblueboo.com
“Pixie dust” all over the room is glow-in-the-dark!
Huge flowers and vines to make the girls feel like they are tiny like Tinkerbell
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download 5 via lilblueboo.com
Vines and butterflies peek through to the bottom bunk.
Update:
I’ve had several emails asking what the paint colors were for my fairy forest mural, so here they are:
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download paint colors via lilblueboo.com
Images from Disney
For the pixie dust, I also used Rustoleum Glow-in-the-dark paint.
The Disney website has some cute templates you can download here.
You can download the TV frame here.
You can download the Butterfly Template here.
For the chalkboard, you can find the materials used here:
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download chalkboard via lilblueboo.com
See my tutorial here on making a large custom template here:
Fairy Forest Mural Template Free Download template via lilblueboo.com

The Lost Paintings….

The Lost Paintings via lilblueboo.comThe Lost Paintings 2 via lilblueboo.comThe Lost Paintings 3 via lilblueboo.comAs an artist I love looking back on work I’ve done to see how my style has changed and progressed over the years. I’ve always been diligent about taking pictures and documenting paintings and projects but there are a few that got away. I refer to them as my “lost paintings.” I know other artists probably go through the same thing. My friend Shari sold her first painting at age 19 and in her exact words it was her “absolute favorite painting” that she ever painted and she doesn’t have a picture of it.

There are two “lost paintings” that I wish I had photos of:
One was my first “real” painting as an art minor in college.  A distant acquaintance of my husband’s family bought it in 1999 for a few hundred dollars. It is one of a pair of paintings I did…..the unsold half of the pair “Ephemeral” hangs in our house today. I don’t even think I signed the painting I sold.
The other painting is a reproduction of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” that I painted as a mural in our first house. It was almost 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide on a wall as you climbed the stairs to the 2nd floor. The finished mural had a gold dusting I did over it to make it shimmer just slightly. The photos to the left were taken of the mural in its beginning stages. Almost to the day I finished the mural the house next to my childhood home came up for sale and we jumped on it. The mural helped sell our townhouse but because I was finishing my MBA, starting a new job, packing a house, renovating a new house…..I never got a photo of the finished product. I’ve wondered many times if it is still there or if it has been painted over. I never signed it. No owner will ever know who painted it.
Update:  My mother read this blog post today and says she is going to visit and knock on the door of my old townhouse when she is back in NC to ask if the mural is still there :)

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