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The Night’s Watch Canvas Art

Even if you’ve only seen a handful of episodes of Game of Thrones, chances are you know what the Night’s Watch is…or at least are familiar with Castle Black.

Established to protect the Seven Kingdoms of Westros from the enemies to the north, the Night’s Watch  is made up of men who have given their freedom to protect their people against the White Walkers, wildlings, and giants that roam just on the other side of The Wall.

Members of the Night’s Watch swear an oath of duty that prohibits marriage, family, and land ownership.  Recruits must renounce all past allegiances and birthrights and must spend the rest of their living days keeping their post.  In return for their service, “Brothers” are forgiven for past crimes and are immune from further punishment, therefore several serving in the Night’s Watch are criminals avoiding punishment, nobles avoiding scandal, and other social outcasts.  They start with a clean slate and can rise in ranks no matter what their origins.

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While serving as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow tried to unite the Watch with the wildlings over The Wall in an effort to strengthen their forces…but was met with…disagreement…from his Brothers (no spoilers, just in case!).  What will happen with the Night’s Watch now is something that will most likely be discussed in this next season!

Always dressed in black, all members of the Night’s Watch swear the following oath after finishing the initial training:

Night gathers and now my watch begins.  It shall not end until my death.  I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.  I shall wear no crowns and win no glory.  I shall live and die at my post.  I am the sword in the darkness.  I am the watcher on the walls.  I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.  I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

In creating this Night’s Watch poster, I didn’t use the WHOLE oath, as it’s pretty long…but you can own at least a piece of it with this canvas art of the Night’s Watch Oath.

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If you’re a Game of Thrones fan looking for some new wall art, you can find this poster over at my Etsy store, Between the Pages.  More GOT stuff to come soon!

 

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Wanderlust Wall Art

Do you like to hit the open road with your friends or family?  Do you have a few favorite locals that you just loved exploring?  If so, you’re gonna love this cute Wanderlust Wall Art!

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved road trips.  My family used to take them all the time and we rarely flew anywhere for vacation.  I mean, why fly when you can pack five people and a ton of suitcases in a Toyota Camry, blast some Tom Waits and hit the open road?

Even now, my husband and I love to travel and we’ve taken a good handful of road trips in our time together.  To help highlight a few of our favorite places, I created this cute Wanderlust Wall Art, featuring heart-shaped cut-outs of cities we’ve loved along the way.

Chicago, Madison, Marquette, Nashville, Las Vegas, Boston, Portland, Seattle, and Cleveland all made the list as some of our favorite cities, but honestly this picture could have been twice the size filled with even more places.

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Whether you’ve been born and raised in one town or you find Johnny Cash’s song “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” perfectly sums up your life on the road, this cute wall art is a super cost-effective way to remember some of your favorite spots!  Simply buy a map of the US (or print out smaller maps of your favorite cities!) and use a heart template to cut a heart around the city.  Glue your hearts to a piece of 12 in. x 12 in. scrapbook paper and pop that baby in a frame and in no time at all, you have a fun piece of artwork that may even motivate you to hit the road…again.

 

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Mini Canvas Shakespeare Collection

When I first saw these mini canvases at my local craft store, I just had to buy them.  I mean, they’re just so tiny and adorable!

One package contains 8 little canvases, and each canvas measures 2 in. x 2 in.  I bought about 4 packs and started brainstorming how to use these.

Now, I have little to no painting experience.  Like, basically none.  I took one painting class in high school and the rest of my painting expertise came from watching YouTube videos…so I was a bit lost when it came to how to use these mini canvases.

So, it was off to the Internet!  I browsed Pinterest looking for ideas and finally found an artist who created minimalist art on these little mini canvases…and then my brain exploded with ideas…

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I could do minimalist art!  That was right up my alley!  So I started thinking of ideas, finally settling on a few collections (Shakespeare plays, Harry Potter of course, and Dr. Seuss to name a few).  I decided to start with Shakespeare, as that would test my abilities and dedication to this project.

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So this was surprisingly really fun and a true test to how well I remembered these plays!  I picked 12 of my favorites and got to work.

Here’s my Hamlet one:

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King Lear:

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Romeo and Juliet (I like how the caskets kind of make a heart!):

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Macbeth:

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Henry IV:

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Aren’t they cute?

So after finishing all my canvases, I decided to mount them on a larger canvas so I could display them all together.  I used a black 8 in. x 10 in. canvas and mounted the mini canvases using Scrapbook Adhesives Mounting Squares.

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These were strong enough to hold by themselves, but if they don’t stick that well, you can use hot glue to secure the mounts.

And here they are, all mounted!

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Now, you can just leave them like this and make it a guessing game deciding which one is which, but I decided to add the name of the play under each canvas.

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To add the names, I just used a very thin layer of Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the canvas.  The Mod Podge dries clear and is barely visible once it dries.

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This project was so fun and I had a blast playing around with different colors and painting techniques…and word to the wise, having Bob Ross on in the background certainly doesn’t hurt…

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After I finished the Shakespeare Collection, I started working on the Dr. Seuss ones and should have some pics of those soon!

These adorable mini canvases would also make cute magnets or ornaments…there really are endless possibilities for these!  You can find them in packages of 6 or 8 at your local craft store and come in both black and white canvas fabric.

Do you have any other ideas for mini canvas collections?  Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Make a Decoupaged Quote Sign on Canvas

Do you have a favorite mantra or quote that you live by?  Want to hang your words of wisdom on display for all to see?  Well, with this easy Decoupaged Quote Sign, you can make a piece of canvas art that says anything you’d like…and you don’t have to worry about painting on letters…which is a nightmare, I know.

I love making these wordy canvases and I’ve used a variety of papers to create the designs.  While I love the idea of using wrapping paper for this, be careful…wrapping paper is VERY thin and it’s crazy hard to get out all the air bubbles from wrapping paper without ripping it.  I suggest using a thicker craft paper, like scrapbooking paper or even card stock, to get a nice flat surface for this project.  Granted, you can still use wrapping paper (I have a couple times!), but just be extra careful when lying down your paper to make sure your project is bubble free.  For this project, I actually used three layers of tissue paper.

Alright, let’s get started!

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Materials:

  • 16 in. x 20 in. Canvas
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Patterned Paper (the thicker the better…thinner paper might result in more bubbles and wrinkles)
  • Large Alphabet Stickers
  • Stencil Foam Brush
  • Paint (in whatever color you’d like)
  • Tweezers

Instructions:

  1. Using your dry foam brush or a dry painting brush, lightly brush the canvas to rid it of any dust or dirt, as you don’t want any of that poking through the paper once it’s glued down.
  2. Before starting, I suggest cutting your paper to fit your canvas. You can cut it afterwards, using an EXACTO knife to go around the edges, but I just find it easier to cut it first and glue the edges down as I go.  I leave at least a good 1 in. to 1½ overhang of paper so I can wrap the paper around the sides and behind the canvas.
  3. Once your paper is cut, use the foam brush to add a light coat of Mod Podge to your canvas. Place the paper on the canvas.  Once it’s aligned, turn the canvas over and press on the back of it to help the canvas really adhere to the paper.  Let this glue dry slightly, about 5 minutes.  Continue adding paper if you’re layering like I am here.
  4. Using the foam brush, glue down the edges of the canvas to the back of the canvas.
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  5. Finally, add a top coat of Mod Podge on your canvas, making sure your brush strokes all go the same way and no extra glue pockets are exposed.
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  6. Once your canvas is COMPLETELY dry, you can add your stickers! Since there’s a nice coating of Mod Podge on your paper, the stickers won’t adhere strongly to the surface, so don’t worry about not being able to remove them.  Just place your stickers however you want them on your canvas.
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  7. For the paint, I suggest using a scrap piece of your paper to make sure the paint actually looks good with the pattern. Some paints will let the pattern bleed through, while others look a lot different on paper than they do in the bottle…so just check before you commit!
  8. Once you’re ready to paint, place a small amount of paint on a palette or piece of aluminum foil and, using a flat stencil foam brush, start adding paint to your canvas. This is EXTREMELY important when it comes to painting like this…you want to move the brush up and down, NOT side to side.  Lightly dab around the letters and use as little paint as you can…no need to load up the brush—a little will go a long way here.  Just continue dabbing on paint until your canvas is covered.  Then let it dry.
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  9. Once the paint has dried, you can start removing the letters. I use a tweezers to help me with this.
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  10. And there ya go! To seal in the paint, I usually add one more coat of Mod Podge, just to be safe.

And there you have it…your own lovely and festive canvas!

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Adorable PIXAR Decorations You Need in Your Life

Besides carbs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and beer, I also love a good Pixar movie! Whenever I need a good cry, there’s nothing that will get to me like watching Up, or Wall-E…and don’t even get me STARTED on Toy Story 3. “So long, partner…” OMG THE TEARS!!! THE TEARS ARE REAL!!!!

So despite the fact that Pixar loves to just pull your heart out and stomp on it using only the sweetest of characters, their movies often have some real-life messages that resonate with you no matter what your age. And just because you’re not a kid doesn’t mean you can’t surround your tiny apartment with reminders of your favorite childhood friends, right?

So I’ve scoured ETSY and found a few grown-up yet fun ways to decorate your apartment, house, or room with all things PIXAR!

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Finding Dory:
Finding Dory Quote, Finding Nemo Quote, I Couldn't Forget You, Finding Dory Print, Finding Nemo Nursery Wall Art Art Print

The Good Dinosaur:
Brontosaurus Wooden Dinosaur Decor Jurassic Sign Kids Room Decor Brachiosaurus Good Dinosaur Nursery Wall Art Kids Room Decor Dinosaur Art

Inside Out:
Inside out Sadness inspired cushion cover Pillowcase 16x16 inches 40x40cm

Monsters University:
oozma kappa. roar omega roar.. disney.. monsters university.. green logo.. digital copy

Brave:
Penguin Books Classics Movie Poster — Brave Pixar Studios — High Quality Giclee Print Ikea Ribba Size

Toy Story:
To Infinity and Beyond Lime Green and Navy Blue Painted Wood Sign, Boys Decor, Sign for Boys Rooms, Space Sign

Up:
Adventure is Out There - Set of three woodburned spoons - Up the Movie, Pixars Up, wooden spoon gift, compass, graduation gift, kitchen gift

Wall-E:
Wall-E -Movie Poster - The Colors Of Motion

Ratatouille:
Chinese Ratatouille - Minimalist Disney Pixar movie poster, Minimalist Retro Poster,

Cars:
Flo's V8 Cafe - Cars / Disney Pixar Inspired - Movie Art Poster

The Incredibles:
Violet Parr Incredibles themed cushion/pillow.

Finding Nemo:
Finding Nemo quote digital print, finding nemo poster, finding nemo nursery decor calligraphy print motivational quote poster decor

Monsters Inc:
I wouldn't have nothing if I didn't have you || Disney Pixar Monsters Inc. Quote

A Bugs Life:
Watercolor Bug's Life - I only got twenty-four hours to live and I ain't gonna waste it here.

 

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Toilet Paper Roll Sunflowers

As most of you know by now, I’m a lover of DIY projects.  My entire apartment is decorated with things I’ve made myself (or tried to make!) and this past week’s project was the bathroom.

I had a huge white space above my toilet that was just begging for some decor.  I wanted something a little more artsy and different than your average square frame, so I decided to make sunflowers out of toilet paper rolls (appropriate for the bathroom, right?)!

These sunflowers are so easy to make and are a great way to use up all those extra toilet paper and paper towel rolls that you have sitting in your recycle bin.  All you need is a pair of good scissors and some glue.

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Materials:

  • 7-10 toilet paper rolls
  • Paint
  • 2 coffee cups, knitting needle, and tape (optional)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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Directions:

  1. Measure the space where you want your flower to be.  You’ll need to know how wide your space is so you know how large to make your flower.  For me, my flower has to fit in a 24” space.
  2. Next I’m going to cut up all my toilet paper rolls.  The amount you need will depend on how big your flower is.  For a flower about 24” wide, I used 7 toilet paper rolls and 1 paper towel roll.  One toilet paper roll should yield you anywhere from 14-16 petals.
  3. To make your petals, flatten your toilet paper roll.
  4. Cut slices about ½ inch wide.  It’s helpful to build your flower as you cut so you don’t cut extra toilet paper rolls that you can use later on!
  5. Here’s my flower so far.  I also have some extra petals just in case.  Make sure you take a picture of your design so you have something to refer to when it’s time to assemble your flower.
  6. I like to paint my petals after I’ve cut them…that way I can paint the cut part of the paper as well.  If you’d rather paint the rolls before you cut them, go right ahead.  Either way will work.
  7. To paint my petals, I turn 2 coffee cups upside down and tape a long knitting needle to the bottom of the cups.  After I paint a petal, I put it on the needle to dry.  The paint washes off the needle with soap and water, but if you’re worried about your needles, you could also use a stick, rod, or pencil to dry your petals.
  8. Once your petals are dry, you can start gluing them together.  With a hot glue gun, add a little dab of glue to one side of the petal and begin creating the inside of your flower.

  9. You can then begin gluing petals between the spaces of your starter flower until it’s as big as you want it to be.

  10. As I began gluing, I decided to make 5 different flowers rather than one large one.

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How to Turn Pie Tins into Wall Art

Pie tarts ain’t just for baking.  Here’s a clever way to display tart pans that you either don’t use anymore or that are just too precious to toss.

I love this idea for cheap and easy kitchen decor.  You could also use pie tarts as unique picture frames or for cool holiday decorations.  If you’re looking to hang the tins on the wall, consider combining average size tins with mini pie tins for a really cool art piece.

Check out various garage sales and thrift stores for worn tins and get crafty!

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