Monday, April 29, 2013

The Decorista Chronicles//DIY Cross-Stitch Wall Art (without the stitching!)

Well, hullo there wall-art lovers united!
Lookie here! 

Let's start with the behind-the-scenes of this wall-art adventure tale.
It all began with a cute idea to use a stamp to punch in some cross marks using inkpads to create a beautiful rose *cross-stitch" wall-art.
Problem #1 encountered: I don't own stamps, in fact, I don't even own a single stamp. I'm not that aaaahhh-such a pretty stamp! kinda offense.
Problem #2 encountered: I don't own inkpads,refer to problem #1.

So now what?
Nothing to worry about, I thought. I can make my own (stamp), with a pencil eraser topper!
Wow, that's brilliant, I was almost pleased with myself to begin working on it when I thought, hmmm, why not make it easier?
Great, the only "cross-mark" thing I could come up with was a + sign screw driver. Hmm, sounds good, until I actually tried it of course. It came out a horrible mess.
So much for the old rusty screw-driver fiasco.
Wait, there's still hope! What about the rubber topper idea? So I tried that too, maybe it would've worked if I had inkpads at hand, but with paint? Nope, it looked like some kid's finger nail marks drenched in paint.
There was a way, but I was determined to think of an easier way until I finally gave in, to the hard way..
which, (btw), hardly turned out hard at all, you could set your little ones to do it once they get the idea!
Just get down sketch pens in your fav colors and some canvas!
Don't have a canvas? Use an old-shoe box lid, carton lid any lid for which you can cut a white sheet to size and glue it on. Then start on a cross-marking spree like me,

Oh, you wanted to know why I was so grounded to do this stuff and hang it prettily on my wall in the first place?

Here, look at this mouth watering inspiration!            

Here are snaps of my progress with my lil colorful weapons:

The most important thing is to use an image for reference when you first start. Once you get the hang of it, you could create your own patterns. Be sure to incorporate 4-5 shades of the same color range to add dimension, visual contrast and most of all fun!
When you set the little kids to do it or decide to try it out on a large scale with your buddies, make out the pattern with pencil first, then everyone can grab a sketch pen in a different color and begin on their little no-sew adventure.
This looks beautiful paired with other paintings.
I hung it on with other paintings I'd done from before, take a look!

You see the bluey-violety painting, I don't know how long back I did that,now that I notice, that rose painting beside the cross-stitch one is hanging a bit askew. -_-

That's all me needs, a cute diary to doodle in, a cup of tea, my sketch pens and a beautiful rose vase, yeah.

Great Nash, you might say, but, 

  What if I don't like wall art?!  

What if I already have all my sad,blank walls filled with bright, rich paintings?
That's not a problem, you can still jump on the cross-stitch bandwagon!
Here are some ideas!

Of course, different materials require different mediums, for example use fabric markers to trend up plain fabric, or if you do this on a mug, you need to bake it in the oven for a while to make sure it stays permanent!
If you try this on glass, you may also need markers esp. made to use on glass. Haha, last time I had those, they were from Crayola :)
If you want to know how I did the other paintings, I can show you the easiest way, in another post,do let me know!

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So that's all there is to it!
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Have a bright day!


  1. Very nice idea! I like your other wall Art to! look great all together!

  2. Thanks! The others are really easy as well but yeild very pretty results! :)




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