Last week, Sherry at Young House Love, along with Erin at The Great Indoors, Katie at Bower Power, and Cassie at Hi Sugarplum (one of my first blog crushes fyi - I felt so proud when I saw Cassie's photo amongst the hosts this time 'round. Is that weird? I hope not - so proud of you Cassie!), issued The Pinterest Challenge: Winter Edition. Yes, unfortunately it is still winter, although with temps in the 70s this week, it's feeling an awful lot like spring!
I repinned this artwork, from Sherry actually, about 6 weeks ago:
What really struck me about this print was the graphic herringbone pattern. I knew I could create something similar and my first thought was... magazines! They have full page colorful ads and maybe I could achieve just a tiny bit of the awesomeness the above print has.
I started by taking a blank 16 x 20 canvas off of my gallery wall, and grabbing two magazines. I would never cut up my Marthas, but I was a little late renewing my subscription this time so I had to go out and buy the February and March issues thinking that I wouldn't get them in the mail, when lo and behold they both showed up in my mailbox last week. So I had duplicates. Maybe you're not a crazy magazine
hoarder saver like I am and have no problem cutting up your Marthas. In that case, you're in luck!
If you have a rotary paper cutter, the next task will be 100x easier. I tore out the most colorful pages I could find and cut 4" x 1" strips. Do yourself a favor and stack as many sheets as your little cutter will cut through. I got about 20 strips out of each sheet. Cut 4 or 5 sheets, just for color variation.
It's really not as bad as it seems. I had a stack this big in less than 20 minutes.
anal particular as I am, I wanted my herringbones to be perfect. Well, they're not going to be. I put a strip of masking tape across my canvas and lined up my first row with it, but then just eyeballed it after that. Wayyy easier than trying to get it perfect. Close enough is good enough.
Now, the next part got a little tricky. I started by Mod Podgeing my strips to the canvas, but quickly realized that would take foreva, not to mention the MP was making my strips wrinkly. I switched to hot glue. Word to the wise though - put hot glue on each end and in the middle of the strips. Trust me.
See how those strips at the left are sorta wrinkly? Not cool. Again, use hot glue.
After all the strips were glued down, I went back over it with Mod Podge to seal it all in. My advice? Skip that step. Totally not necessary as it made my strips all wrinkly (darn those wrinkles!) and didn't add any value. So, after about an hour and a half, I had this!
I hung it back on my gallery wall.
Now I've got a whole lotta chevron going on.
And I love it.
Now what to do with those other 14 blank canvases? Oh, and for those visiting for the first time (welcome!), this wall is a total work in progress. I hung all the frames and canvases I had and I am slowly but surely filling them all. Check out my progress here, here, and here, and for the deets on the rest of my craft room makeover, click here.
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