The Best Artwork For Your Home

The Best Artwork For Your Home

Hello my friends.  I am so excited to share an awesome idea with you today.  This is something I have done in my home, and I love it!  I am sure you have walls in your home in need of some artwork.  Or maybe you’d like to add a more personal touch to your home.  Something that reflects your life and loves.  Well I have THE idea for you!

There is a narrow wall in my home that overlooks my family room below.  You  can see it while sitting on my couch and every time I glance up to talk to one of my boys.  I tried a mirror on this wall, but it wasn’t really reflecting anything (error #1) and it was too big for the wall (error #2).  The wall needed something smaller and I wanted more color.

I also have a deep love of family.  My mother instilled in me love of family at a young age.  She raised  us in a large family where there were many extended family gatherings and parties.  I try very hard to instill that same value in my boys.  As the oldest of four siblings, it has now fallen to me to host many family get -togethers ~ birthdays, holidays, game nights.  I decided that I wanted to reflect the love of family and friends in my home even when they weren’t there.

painted canvas artwork

Here’s where my idea comes in.  I decided to have each of our closest family and friends paint a canvas to hang on our wall.  I may or may not have had to first give them a drink first.  #Idid  Some people were nervous about painting, but when they saw how easy it could be, they were ok.  It also took a little time to gather enough canvases to hang as a group.  But in the end, it has been so worth it.

Here’s How To Do It

Now, for the how tos.  It took a bit of trial and error to figure out what size I wanted to use.  I started with 8×10 canvases because they were super affordable at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon.  However, when I saw them on the wall they were too big to make a good collage.  I finally decided to go with a 6×6 canvas with a thicker depth (1 1/2″) so that they add dimension to the wall.  These were still not too expensive with that 40% off coupon.

artwork done on canvas

 

Next, I gathered all my acrylic paints and paintbrushes and put them on a tray so that they would be handy to pull out when I had guests.  Then I began inviting people over and asking them to paint a canvas for me. I assured them that they could paint anything they liked.  I also told them it could be something very simple like a symbol or words.  They did not need to paint a full-blown painting.  They all eventually found an inspired idea and painted.  Now, I have a lovely collection of artwork in our home that reminds us of loved ones.

artwork done on canvas

Okay, so it’s not professional/real art and perhaps not everyone would want this on their walls on display.  However, my 5-year-old niece and 7-year-old nephew beam when they see their art on my wall.  My mother loved having the opportunity to sit down with young grandchildren and all paint picture together. It flatters our friends  to know that we think of them every time we see their art.  And honestly, aren’t those great reasons to do this?

artwork done on canvas

So if you want to add a truly personal touch to your home and make your loved ones feel special, feel free to use this idea.  There’s also lots of similar images of this idea online, like this one.

artwork done on cavas

9 Comments

  1. What a beautiful idea! Like a wedding quilt without the sewing. 🙂 I especially like the spacecraft and the Christmas tree with the eye. What an interesting message here! I wish whoever had thought to draw “You are here” had made a tiny heart instead of the red dot. What a heart warning thought that would have been. I’d also like to see a full room picture so we can see it in a larger perspective – where you sit when you see it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Author

      Nancy, thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂 The idea of the heart is a great one! I kind of want to alter it now… I will have to pst a pic of the larger view so you can see the perspective. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

  2. Nancy, again. Typo alert: heart warming. Sorry

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