Remember when I wrote a post asking for ideas for original art for this space?
I have that big blank wall going up the stairs and it looked so empty and big and blank and a little sad.
I asked you all for ideas.
If you are looking for artist recommendations—just read these comments.
I’ve read them.
A zillion times.
And I contacted artists and looked at everyone’s paintings and oooohed and ahhhed and put together an inspiration folder. But along the way I discovered something important. Real art is expensive. And it’s not something I want to rush into and buy just because and I need to take my time and find something that I truly fall in love with.
The most brilliant comment showed up in my inbox that sparked an idea.
It went a little something like this:
My favorite artist in this case, would be you.
Definitely pictures of your family or maybe pictures of your previous home.
You have some beautiful ones and would be perfect in black and whites with black or wood tone frames.
Also adding a rug would/could bring in a little more color. Love that paint color too! ~Amy K
And my sweet friend Terri dittoed it.
I know, right? See what I mean? Brilliant.
I’m not an artist—but I am a photographer.
I have zillions and zillions of photographs I’ve taken over the years.
Like this one.
(total aside: I took this picture seven Christmases ago of the staircase molding when my mom still owned the house).
And this one.
And this one.
And what if?
What if I turned the photographs into art?
So I went to one of my favorite apps, Waterlogue.
I’ve talked about it for years. When I got it a long time ago it was free, but I just checked and it’s now $4.99 in the app store.
It is a game changer.
All you do is upload your picture to the app and select which setting you want. There are bright watercolor looks and watercolor looks that resemble sketches and tons of options to create a painted look out of your photo.
And it’s so easy to use.
Just click the button and your photograph will look like this.
I did a few more barn pictures to kind of create a series.
Then I downloaded the picture to my computer.
As in—I saved it to my phone and then e-mailed it to myself.
Now all I had to do was to get it onto a canvas.
I found a source online that someone recommended called Canvas Pop. All you do is select your canvas size, upload your photos and they will print out a canvas and mail it to your house. It says it takes a week to a week and a half.
Depending on the size you pick, it’s pretty affordable. An 8″x 11″ is only $39 (not including the canvas wrap) and then there was a coupon for 45% off.
And the best part?
It’s artwork I created.
Something I made.
Art made with a little piece of my heart.
PS This isn’t a sponsored post—just something I found and loved and wanted to share. 🙂
PPS Happy creating.