Pop Art Wall Decor

This week’s challenge on the CSI Project is Frames, Art and Wall Decor.Visit thecsiproject.comThis was the perfect excuse to finally get some decor done for my kid’s playroom.  One of my sponsors, Johnnie from Saved by Love Creations, gave me two totally awesome pop art/cartoon sketches of my kids.Saved By Love Art Prints button

I sent Johnnie these pictures of my kids…IMG_0575 IMG_0595 and she worked her magic and they came out looking like this…photo(8)Aren’t they so awesome?  I love how she took the picture of my daughter looking upward to look like the sun is shining in her face.  Johnnie printed them out on 20” x 20” poster paper for me.IMG_0024I got some 1” MDF cut to 19” x 19” then I used some 3M 77 Spray Adhesive to adhere them to the MDF.  I sprayed the MDF and the back of the print.  It makes it SUPER sticky.  Then I placed the MDF carefully on the back of the poster.  You definitely want to get it right the first time, there is no replacing it once it is down.

Then with my hand I pressed it flat and burnished it down.IMG_0025 After it was dry I flipped it over and used an Exacto knife to cut away the excess.  Then I used some sandpaper and sanded downward to make the edges look a little worn.IMG_0026 Then I used the magic stuff.  It is called Z-gel, it is a canvas texturizing medium  If you google “canvas texturing medium” there are a few other brands, but I got the Z-gel from a local shop for free so I don’t have any secret sources. They use this stuff in frame shops to take $5 poster prints and transform them into what looks like an oil painting.  Oh..yah…and then they sell them for $100.

Using the lines the print already had, I took a one inch foam brush and “painted” the poster.  I tried following the lines and curves that Johnnie created. I created texture where there was supposed to be some definition with simple brushstrokes.IMG_0027IMG_0030IMG_0029

Thin strokes are the best.  The kind where you don’t even see the white of the glue.  This stuff is photo safe and great on posters, prints and giclees.  It dries super quick.  So if you want to go back and highlight areas later you can. 

While it was drying I primered and painted the sides white.

After it was all dry I used screws and wire to create a hangar on the back.  It is very important to use screws and not nails when you work with MDF. IMG_0032IMG_0033Now it looks like I painted these myself with oil paints.  They have a neat shiny texture to them.  I love the way they look hanging in my playroom.  It adds some charm and whimsy to my otherwise messy playroom.IMG_0037 IMG_0038

IMG_0039 Johnnie does amazing work and she is waaaaay underpriced. :-)  So now is the time to purchase people.  Also if you tell her I sent you she will give you 10% off that! 

Saved By Love Art Prints button

A little about Johnnie…”I am a medical doctor turned self-taught graphic artist. I am a jewelry designing, marathon running, recovering-alcoholic, Christian wife and step momma.  My first 29 years of life were spent chasing approval, money, status, and escape through intoxication.  I hit the kind of bottom from which many do not return.  Now I am just grateful to be alive and exploring the person I am when I depend on God.”  She blogs at Saved by Love Creations and has a rockin etsy store.  Are you a runner?  Check out these…Shimmery Turquoise Half Marathon Pendant

Silver Urban Marathon Pendant

 Go visit Johnnie and tell her IC sent you!

I am linking to these parties.





  • randee

    how fantabulous! she knew just what to do with those photos, didn't she?

    another great job by you, also!

    my daughter gave me some texturing medium a few months ago after you blogged about it & i've never worked up the courage to try it. silly me!

  • Elz

    Love it. I love pop art photos, especially of kids. Neat project.

  • Rebecca@This Present Life

    Those came out so cute! I would never have thought to "frame" them the way you did on the MDF and I had never even heard about Z-gel! And I'm sure the kids love having their pictures hanging in the play room.

    Saw you at the CSI project.

  • The Harris Family

    I love, love, love how these turned out. What a fun idea.
    -Crystal

  • Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful

    Those turned out AMAZING!!! The pop art was awesome by itself, but you really kicked it up a notch with the texturizing. Did you read my mind…my post today was similar!

    ~Amanda
    :)

  • Annie Wilcox Designs

    Brilliant just brilliant, you really know how to teach and inspire people. Thanks for the step by step. I wonder if black and white photos would be fun, I will check out the site.

  • Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com

    Wow – that is so cool. I love it!!! Really cool project Beckie!

    XOXO
    jen

  • TidyMom

    WOW I LOVE this idea!! I may have to try this sometime!!

  • Julia

    Okay, if I were the judge you'd be winning this challenge. I love this idea and I am going to definitely use it with photos of my soon to be 7 grands. There's 5 so far, 2 on the way. I've never heard of this texturizing stuff before.

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage

    Love this idea!!

  • Pam@FarmtoCottagetoShore

    Those are great, what a fun look, and your kids are adorable.

  • Shel at Dreamy Nest

    That rocks!! Love it – and I love the gel medium to make it look painted. AWESOME!

  • Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming

    These are super cool! Love them ~ Off to check out Johnnie's store! =)

  • ellie g

    That is COOOL! Seriously. Z-gel sounds like it needs to come home with me! Awesome!

  • Johnnie

    Wow, Beckie. Those look so cool. Thanks for the tutorial, and post.

  • Amber B

    These are fabulous! Very, very cool! Perfect for the toy room!

  • shelly @ the familyblt

    They look coolio–that pic of your son is funny funny!

  • KatrinkaJane

    Super-duper sassy! Love the texturizing treatment. :D

  • Blog Boutique

    Very cool. Love those prints.

  • CRAZYMOM

    Your pictures were already adorable yet somehow you made them even better! I didn't even know about texturizing medium! This is truly amazing and sooooo creative! Thank you for sharing the process.

  • JHill

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

  • Van

    Love the bright and beautiful results, wonderful art!

  • Heidi

    Nice job on those posters! They look great.
    It's uplifting to read about a positive change in someone's life, and to be able to support them in their new life is a plus, too! I'll be checking out Johnnie's site soon.
    Stop by for a visit sometime!
    XO
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  • sportzmom

    Awesome! I need to try the texturing medium.

  • Tara

    This is adorable. I love it and would love to have you link this up at my Creative Link Share Party over at Trendy Treehouse

    http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/2010/06/creative-share-blog-hop_29.html

    Also wondered if you would be interested in guest blogging about this over at TT too! What a fun project!

    Hope your having a great week. Tara

  • Sam

    Those are amazing!!!! I love both of them!

    Sam
    Mom.Undecided.
    http://momundecided.blogspot.com/
    (Come on over – I'm hosting my first giveaway now!)

  • Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

    Those are fabulous!!

  • Theresa

    I just started selling Pampered Chef a couple months ago…and I'm DYING to get one of those slicers. Haha! Love the idea of making PBJ that way :) And WAY cool idea of making the rest into croutons!

  • [email protected]

    Your kids are ADORABLE!

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Pop Art Wall Decor

This week’s challenge on the CSI Project is Frames, Art and Wall Decor.Visit thecsiproject.comThis was the perfect excuse to finally get some decor done for my kid’s playroom.  One of my sponsors, Johnnie from Saved by Love Creations, gave me two totally awesome pop art/cartoon sketches of my kids.Saved By Love Art Prints button
I sent Johnnie these pictures of my kids…IMG_0575 IMG_0595 and she worked her magic and they came out looking like this…photo(8)Aren’t they so awesome?  I love how she took the picture of my daughter looking upward to look like the sun is shining in her face.  Johnnie printed them out on 20” x 20” poster paper for me.IMG_0024I got some 1” MDF cut to 19” x 19” then I used some 3M 77 Spray Adhesive to adhere them to the MDF.  I sprayed the MDF and the back of the print.  It makes it SUPER sticky.  Then I placed the MDF carefully on the back of the poster.  You definitely want to get it right the first time, there is no replacing it once it is down.
Then with my hand I pressed it flat and burnished it down.IMG_0025 After it was dry I flipped it over and used an Exacto knife to cut away the excess.  Then I used some sandpaper and sanded downward to make the edges look a little worn.IMG_0026 Then I used the magic stuff.  It is called Z-gel, it is a canvas texturizing medium  If you google “canvas texturing medium” there are a few other brands, but I got the Z-gel from a local shop for free so I don’t have any secret sources. They use this stuff in frame shops to take $5 poster prints and transform them into what looks like an oil painting.  Oh..yah…and then they sell them for $100.
Using the lines the print already had, I took a one inch foam brush and “painted” the poster.  I tried following the lines and curves that Johnnie created. I created texture where there was supposed to be some definition with simple brushstrokes.IMG_0027IMG_0030IMG_0029
Thin strokes are the best.  The kind where you don’t even see the white of the glue.  This stuff is photo safe and great on posters, prints and giclees.  It dries super quick.  So if you want to go back and highlight areas later you can. 
While it was drying I primered and painted the sides white.
After it was all dry I used screws and wire to create a hangar on the back.  It is very important to use screws and not nails when you work with MDF. IMG_0032IMG_0033Now it looks like I painted these myself with oil paints.  They have a neat shiny texture to them.  I love the way they look hanging in my playroom.  It adds some charm and whimsy to my otherwise messy playroom.IMG_0037 IMG_0038
IMG_0039 Johnnie does amazing work and she is waaaaay underpriced. :-)  So now is the time to purchase people.  Also if you tell her I sent you she will give you 10% off that!
Saved By Love Art Prints button
A little about Johnnie…”I am a medical doctor turned self-taught graphic artist. I am a jewelry designing, marathon running, recovering-alcoholic, Christian wife and step momma.  My first 29 years of life were spent chasing approval, money, status, and escape through intoxication.  I hit the kind of bottom from which many do not return.  Now I am just grateful to be alive and exploring the person I am when I depend on God.”  She blogs at Saved by Love Creations and has a rockin etsy store.  Are you a runner?  Check out these…Shimmery Turquoise Half Marathon Pendant
Silver Urban Marathon Pendant

 Go visit Johnnie and tell her IC sent you!