I’m so excited about my Michaels Makers project this month. A few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail. I opened it up and it was full of so many fun “raw” items from Michael’s new RAW BAR line of products. I love all things burlap, so I was drawn to the 6×6 burlap canvas and immediately knew what I wanted to create.
Since we just moved into our house, all our walls are bare. This little burlap canvas was just the push I needed to create a gallery wall in my office.
When I saw the canvas I knew I wanted to use the Hazel & Ruby stencil masks because they are pretty much the easiest way to make cute crafty projects. I had a sample of their brand new “cut your own stencils” and used is to cut this “Joy” (that I hand-wrote on my computer and turned into a digital cut file) on my Silhouette cameo.
I placed the stencil mask directly on the burlap (it’s adhesive on the back), pressed around the edges to keep the paint from bleeding, and then painted over the “Joy” using a white acrylic paint.
Then all I had to do was peel off the mask, and there you have it, an adorable little canvas and the burlap is pretty much perfect for any decor. How easy was that?? Hardly any work at all.
Okay lets move onto the gallery wall. So my office had nothing on the wall, just a big white space waiting to be decorated. Inspired by this little burlap canvas, I gathered things from around the house, old frames, picked up more items and frames from Michaels, and even painted a few things. This is what I put together:
Each of the items on the wall has a story. Spencer drew this illustration of San Francisco for me 5 years ago when we lived in San Francisco.
These two prints are prints that I designed that are available in my Etsy shop. I love them because they inspire me to dream and believe in myself.
I’ve been searching for a great place to put this stag. As I was placing things up on the wall, Spencer ended up breaking the back of this stag mount. So in order to be able to hang it, he had to cut a plaque out of wood and adhere it to the plaque. We both love it way more now, and the funny story about how it got this way. Also I love that Spencer was able to hand make something for my gallery wall.
I’ve been carting around this big white canvas for more than 5 years now through at least 5 moves, and as I was assembling this wall, I knew it would be a great focal point. So I pulled out my trusty gold foil paint and hand-wrote “truly madly deeply” on it. I love that it’s just a simple piece and took only a few minutes to make.
This gorgeous monogram (N for our last name) made with a laser cut monogram and filigree turned out so much better than I could have imagined.
And here is a simple watercolor pattern that I painted just for this wall to bring some color to the space.
Everything came together so well and showcases so many things that hold meaning to me. It’s the perfect space to get my creative juices flowing.
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