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.
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.
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.
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?
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.