I have been wanting to share my DIY State Art with you guys for a while now and I am finally getting it posted. I am also excited that I get to collaborate with Porch.com and Glazer’s Camera on this post with the cool Instax Mini 8 to add some fun detail to my art. Every time I share with you it is to inspire you to have courage to create something for your home.
The photos I took to add to my art are to show you what inspires me to be a maker. BUT first the details to for creating the DIY State Art.
I purchased a 4 x 8 foot piece of birch plywood. I have used this plywood in the past on my wooden holiday signs. You can cut yours to the size you need. I needed mine large because of the wall space I needed to fill. Mine is a 4 x 4 square. I stained it with dark walnut stain. I wiped it on with a sponge brush and wiped it right off with a rag. I wanted to see lots of wood grains.
My husband helped here and we created a frame on the back with 1 x 3 pieces of wood. We used our Kreg jig to make pocket holes to build the frame. The same steps that I used when we built our Board and Batten Shutters. I wanted to make sure it wouldn’t bow because it is so big. I used wood glue to secure the frame to the plywood. Clamp it and let it dry before continuing.
The state stencil was created old school by hand. I googled and image of South Carolina. Then I pulled out my gift wrap that had the cut line markings on the back so I would have a grid. Since SC is shaped somewhat like a triangle I marked 3 points as reference. Then I added a few more reference points. After that I eyed the google image and drew it in. It’s not a perfect SC but it is close enough.
I traced it onto the plywood board with a piece of chalk then painted it in with a watered down chalky paint, then sanded and waxed.
I took this cute little camera around the house and took photos of what makes me creative.
Photos of fabric color I adore, textures, my favorite spot to sit and blog, my son’s musical instruments, my daughter and her friends, magazine’s…
I draw inspiration from all around my home. It’s mostly from the people and the love that lives here. I don’t think you need access to lots of money and lots designer things to have a beautiful space, we’re all creative deep down.
I added some of the special photos to my DIY State Art and I attached them with washi tap in the shape of a heart.
Really, home is where the heart is and where the heart is the creativity lies.
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