Shannon Berrey

Painted rug

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I know that there are many of you moms out there who own one of these foam play mats.

Although these feel great underfoot, they are not the most sophisticated of color palettes.
 And, they certainly don't jive with everyones's decor. Sarah Baltare, of sarah.wandering decided to
customize one of these mats for her niece. Take a look at how great it turned out:


On the smooth side of the mat, she applied 2 coats of primer and then 2 coats of the base color.
With acrylic paints, she freehanded the floral pattern.  After sealing the pieces with 2 coats of
poly, it was ready for little feet!

Abbey, at Aesthetic Outburst, saw the post and was inspired to paint her own mat for her sons room.
She primed hers and then painted the chevron stripes with chalkboard paint. Isn't it great?! 


And look at the rug that Kim from Art and Cupcake painted for her kitchen:

  I love the results that all 3 ladies achieved and I also love the flexibility that these foam pieces
 give you as far as size. You can create the rug to be whatever size your room needs by
 simply clicking more foam pieces together !  If freehand painting isn't your thing, then there
are plenty of great stencils on the market.

 Have you tried this? I'd love to see it!

Wood embroidery

Monday, February 21, 2011

Here is a fun art idea. I can't take credit for making these. I was lucky enough to find them
 for sale at Home Goods last summer. But, I think it would be an easy to copy craft.

These are around 12" in diameter and about a 1 1/2 " thick. 
To make these: Cut your wood slices. Smooth both sides with sandpaper or a palm sander.

Create or find very simple images. A kids coloring book would be a good place for images.

Tape your image onto the wood. Following the outline of your image, poke a hole with a
 pencil {every inch} through the paper and onto the wood. This will create your 'dotted' template. 

Remove the paper. With a drill, drill all the way through the wood following your template. {Make sure
your hole/drill bit is big enough to accommodate the needle and the cord slipping through easily}. Using
 a big embroidery needle and colored cord, 'sew' your design. Attach a picture hanger to the back.

Simple, fun 'alternative' art for a little girls bathroom.

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