Our Mini Family: DIY: Damask Wall Art


Jan 1, 2012

DIY: Damask Wall Art



Puffy paint, among other things (like 4 canvases, stencil, pencil, painter's tape, a ruler AND A RULER), was the key to the success of how this experiment turned out. 
Did I emphasis the ruler enough? Because it was super important! 
So this first two canvases were...interesting to say the least. I thought, for whatever reason, that putting the stencil down and THEN using the puffy paint on top would work. The funny discovery I made after it dried was that:

a) the puffy paint sat mostly on top of the stencil and not on the canvas!
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b) most of the paint that did make it onto the canvas ended up acting more like glue and made the stencil stick to the canvas!

After coming to the discovery that this was not the best way to go about the remainder of this project, I decided to stencil the damask silhouette onto the canvas with a pencil! It really worked out 400% better, and if you decide to pursue this project: do NOT try it the first way I did it! (unless of course you want a stress headache!)
I think it turned out rather fabulously! Adam was laughing at me because I am a little bit mathematically challenged, and I was having difficulty calculating where to put nails in the wall to make my grid. In the end, about 15 minutes of grueling measurement later, my damask made it to the wall! I paid about $10 for the canvas, and $3 for the puffy paint! 

98 comments :

  1. This is so so clever, and the finished result looks amazing. I need to find a product like that in the UK.
    Found you at Sundays Best party,
    from Fiona@justpaintitwhite.blogspot.com

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  2. Great idea! Well the second time around!
    Smiles, alice

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  3. Such a great and unique idea! You're a genius! Thank you for sharing this at Made Up & Loved. Happy new year! My

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  4. Following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!!

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  5. WOW! this is fabulous! Totally pinning this to do later! : )

    I'd love for you to share at my party!
    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2012/01/craft-tell-no-38.html

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  6. Thank you! I just linked it to your party! :)

    Thanks so much for your kind words, everyone!

    ~Cathy

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  7. Cute post! I'm having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

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  8. This is so pretty! I never knew there was such a thing as "puffy" paint, but glad I do now. Your project is very unique and pretty. So many times the first try doesn't work, it happens to all of us. But the second sure did. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best

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  9. Thank you so much, ladies!

    Christie: I found your blog! SO adorable!! :) Thanks so much for inviting me--I linked up at your party! Is there a way I can follow you even though you're a ".com" and not a "blogger.com?"

    Cathy: THANK YOU! I love your blog so much!!! I've been following My 1929 Charmer for months now!

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  10. good thing you didn't give up and found a better way to finish your project! :) looks fantastic love!




    xoxo
    Melina ♥
    www.onlyaflightaway.blogspot.com

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  11. What a great idea! I love damask - it's everywhere in my house! I'm following now and I would love for you to link up to our party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party-week-20.html

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  12. fabulous results and very creative! I appreciate the tip about transferring the pattern to the fabric - so good to know. visiting from Homework :)

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  13. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

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  14. Wow what a cool idea! Great job!!

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  15. This project looks fantastic! They remind me of tin ceiling tiles.

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  16. Love the texture and the white on white. Very elegant.
    Krista
    krista-artista.com

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  17. Brilliant! What a wonderful idea - and your execution is flawless. Beautiful finished product.

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  18. Thank you so much, everyone!!! So glad you all love it!

    ~Cathy

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  19. This came out great, thanks for sharing your learning process. The end result was worth the stress headache for sure!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  20. This is SUCH a great idea. So simple, so doable, and yet such a huge impact!

    I was also cracking up at your description of your grueling measuring process for hanging them.

    That's definitely me too. My husband just shakes his head.

    Thanks SO much for linking up @ Feature Friday Free-for-all!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  21. P.S. I'm your newest follower! ; )

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  22. What a great idea for puffy paint! I would love for you to share this at the Make it Great Monday linky party over at Etcetorize. This week's party is still open or you can stop by next Monday. Have a great weekend~ http://etcetorize.blogspot.com

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  23. I'm not at all crafty...what a great idea! Thanks for linking up to "It's a Keeper" :)

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  24. Really great idea and I enjoy your writing style. It's so much more fun to read the mistakes too since crafters are, after all, only human. :o) I thought this would be cute on tiles too. Glad to have discovered you via Whipperberry!

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  25. That is genius!It looks so beautiful.
    New follower from It's A Keeper.
    ~theblogentourage.com

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  26. Beautiful, I did last year using plaster...I think this might be a cleaner alternative..:) xo

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  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE! These are fantastic and I would love for you to share them at our linky party! http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/01/fab-not-drab.html

    Jen

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  28. Wow! Great idea!!!

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  29. I am in love with damask. Anything in that pattern and I fall in love. These are awesome!! http://crumbsandchaos.blogspot.com/2012/01/cinnamon-roll-baked-oatmeal-cups.html

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  30. So, nice and classic. It would dress up any space. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I'm back! A few blog friends and I are collectively presenting a new challenge idea and I thought of this project. It would be so fun to have you join. If you have a second, check in at http://www.thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com on Monday, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  32. I never would have thought of this! Thanks for sharing your link with me- it started the wheels spinning- so many possibilities for 3d art! Thanks for stopping by- and for you comment on my damask curtains!
    Becca

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  33. This is my favorite kind of art - simple, classy, and totally do-able! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. What a cute project! Love it!
    You've been featured at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

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  35. Definitely pinning this! This will be my first project for my wall this year!

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  36. That is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  37. I love this. I am totally going to have to try this. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  38. Love it! Thanks for linking up! Check out my giveaway....


    XO, Aimee

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  39. I also think this is genius and beautiful.
    For you girls that don't have 'puffy paint' in your country you could try making your own! Here's a how-to at http://www.delawarecountymoms.com/2011/07/getting-crafty-with-nicole-homemade.html
    Good luck and have fun!

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  40. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2012/01/your-whims-wednesday-41-and-features.html

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  41. This is SO GREAT!!! I'd love to have you link it to my party that just started! Overflowing with Creativity!!! Thanks LOTS!

    XO, Aimee

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  42. What a terrific idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Pin'Inspiration Thursday last week. Hope to see you back again this week :-)

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  43. I LOVED this so much I shared it on It's Overflowing's FB page!!!

    XO, Aimee

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  44. So pretty!! And infinite possibilities if you change paint color. Where did you get the idea? I pinned it``craftythriftydecoratingwifemom.wordpress.com
    Janet

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  45. Thank you so much everyone!!!

    Janet--I happen to love damask prints and a stencil at hand, and I decided to create an effect that made the damask subtle but still noticeable. In our bedroom, with the all white color scheme we have going and the dark wooden furniture, I wanted to keep to the all white color scheme! I would LOVE to see it in some brighter, bolder colors!

    Cheers everyone!
    Cathy

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  46. what a great project!! i love it!!! so stylish!

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  47. This is a stunning, inspirational project. Thank you so much for sharing. Visiting via Passionately Artistic...and I am new follower.

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  48. So creative! I love this project. It would be so cute in different colors as well. What a great idea!

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  49. A fabulous idea! Thank you so much for sharing! God bless x

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  50. so cool! Thanks for sharing at scrappy saturdays! @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

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  51. L.O.V.E. this! Pinned, and your newest GFC groupie!

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  52. Where did you find that stencil? I love Damask and there is one at Cutting Edge Stencils I want...but it's a little out of my budget!

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  53. This is great! We are decorating out home and I think this will make for chic and simple art work!

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  54. What a great idea...love it!

    Have a lovely week!
    Deborah

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  55. BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Glad you found the second way of doing it! I can just imagine how much time you saved :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality linky party!

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  56. I cannot thank all of you enough for your kind words! This is by far one of the most supported/viewed projects I've featured on the Our Mini Blog! Thanks for helping make it that way! :D

    ~Cathy~

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  57. It turned out really great. It looks fabulous. I really love it. And you inspire me to give this wall art a try.
    WallTapestry.com

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  58. How pretty! I would love to try this project!

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    1. Thank you, Chris! You should--it's super easy!

      ~Cathy~

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  59. very cool and very creative unfortunately i do not have the patience for something like this!

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    1. I hear you, Wendi! I think it would even look nice with just 1 rather than 4, so maybe that would take less time for you!

      Thanks for coming by,
      ~Cathy~

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  60. this is so pretty and I love that you could make it in different colors too

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    1. You totally could!! It would completely change the look of the project as well :)

      Have a great day,
      ~Cathy~

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  61. Very classy looking. Would like to try this for decor in the bedroom.

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    1. Yes I think it would definitely work well in many bedrooms, or maybe even a dining room!

      Cheers,
      ~Cathy~

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  62. MY rental house is very drab and boring, I think this might be just what it needs, thank you!

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    1. Yay!!! Of course--my pleasure!

      I would love to see some photos after you make it!
      ~Cathy~

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  63. Gorgeous! This is so my style. I will definitely be doing a set of four. It's simple, clever and just beautiful.

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    1. Yay! I am glad, Priscilla!

      Cheers,
      ~Cathy~

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  64. This is a great craft, I would love to try it. I think it would be interesting to create this art work and then pain it so that it stands out against the white background or use white paint against a darker background. Thank you for sharing this craft post.

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  65. wow! I love this! Textures add so much to a room. *pinned*

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  66. This is a really nice idea. Would do it if I had a place to put them!

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    1. It would make a great house warming gift for someone too! Or I think it would look really nice to do in maybe a white and silver or red/green combo for the holidays!

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  67. I love the damask look, I am going to try this!

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  68. This is soo neat! I never even heard of puffy paint i'll have to look around michaels.

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    1. What??! OH my goodness I looooove puffy paint! SO fun! You should check it out for sure, Betty!

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  69. So cool! What a person doesn't think of! I love how this project turned out!

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  70. I love this. I am looking for some simple and affordable ways to decorate a home because my fiance and I are buying a house soon and don't have a ton of extra cash. It looks like it came from a trendy home decor store.

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    1. Aww thanks so much, Laura! That is exactly what I was going for!

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  71. Wow, very elegant, and not very expensive to make. Lovely!

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    1. Exactly! Super affordable for a very chic look!

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  72. So pretty and I love that it is an inexpensive project!

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  73. I LIKE WALL ART AND THESE LOOK GREAT

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  74. This is very pretty and would help decorate my new place!

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    1. It for sure would--I would love it if you did one of our projects for your new home!

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