Monday, November 1, 2010

new "artwork"

when i posted the photo of our living room in its current state, lots of people inquired about the "artwork" above our sofa. i'll let you in on my secret, folks: it's handmade paper from binder's.
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you know the racks at specialty art supply stores that look like this?
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well, they're a fabulous place to get handmade artwork for only about $3-$8. while i find $8 to be a little pricey for one sheet of "wrapping paper", it is a great price for a large piece of artwork. i used the white "ribba" frame from ikea. i have a love/hate relationship with all of ikea's frames, because they're a great inexpensive option for a custom framing look, but those little metal tabs kill my fingers everytime i have to move them around! pain!

anyway, i didn't use the mat that came with the frame, and placed my handmade paper on top of the large piece of white paper that comes with the frame, and pieced everything together as the instructions say from there. super-easy!

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it's hard to see, but there is gold swirled in there, too, which i love. i think this paper is so beautiful!

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p.s. other places to get great handmade or printed specialty paper in atlanta are:
the paper source (i LOVE this store. could live there.)

26 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. Looks gorgeous. Sam Flax in Atlanta has a fabulous selection of papers like this. I can spend hours agonizing over which one to choose.

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  2. I am SO doing this. I need something for that pesky back wall in my living room.

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  3. ronnie - i know! there are so many wonderful things you can do with these papers, too. in college, i made a children's book with handmade papers torn into the shapes for people, etc. it was fun!

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  4. Gorgeous! I love all types of handmade paper, and you've now revved up my creative juices!!

    BTW, I never bother using my fingers for those frames... that's what butter knives were made for!

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  5. I never would have thought to do this,but it's a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. cheryl - ahhh, yes you are smarter than me. somehow, every time i get a new ikea frame, i just want to hurry up and do it, and i disregard my finger's feelings. next time, i'm using a tool. my fingernail was bruised for days!

    jennae - thanks! the options are really endless. you could get a printed paper, too, and do multiple frames for a "wallpaper" look...

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  7. I also was curious about the artwork! The room is so lovely really!!

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  8. Very eye-catching. Brings all the colors of the room together.

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  9. Seriously! i would never have known that - I figured an expensive piece of original art! Good job!

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  10. thanks! the cool thing is, if you buy handmade paper, it truly is handmade art...it's just not at a high pricepoint!

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  11. i love paper ......and paper source is one of my favorites too!

    hope all is well with you friend!

    xo

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  12. Wow, how cool is that binders place... I really like the paper roll racks. We need something like that over here in St. Louis. An Ikea would be nice too. That artwork looks great in the room! Another DIY tastefully done!

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  13. Seriously!?? Freaking rad. And I am SO copying this idea. Found some similar marbled prints online already. In my cart they go!!

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  14. Btw mind if I steal some photos of the room/art and obsess over you on my blog? Feel like I must share.

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  15. yay, i'm glad so many people like this idea. :)

    and katy - steal away! i would be honored!!

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  16. LOVE this idea! What size frame did you use? did you have to cut down the paper to fit it?

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  17. Killer idea. I need something for our dining room and Taylor hates prints. This may be the perfect solution!

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  18. What a great idea! I'm always on the hunt for cheap, easy and colorful artwork!

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  19. I'm in! That was a great idea that I am totally stealing!

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  20. Thanks to Little Green Notebook, I discovered you today! LOVE the artwork. Computer monitors are so different -- could you tell me the colors in your print? Gold, Raspberry (or red?), apricot, green?

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  21. I saw this post somewhere and it lead me to you! Love this - I also stole, hehe :) I'm just getting started with this blogging thing (and just bought my first home)...thanks for the great ideas!!

    www.spaceforthecreative.blogspot.com

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  22. What an idea, I have to say furniture and its beautiful and amazing.

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  23. I've got a shocked look on my face right now. I just did this AND shared it on the blog and a week later I stumble on a large scale art round up post with YOUR marble paper framed print. From more than 4 years ago. CRAZY. Your print is better, btw!

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