9.10.2009

Cowboy Art

I've been busy at work on a few rooms in the house, most recently baby Henry's room. Just can't seem to get it right, but I'm getting close! I'm going for a cowboy-inspired theme, but not too cheesy and theme-y. I couldn't find anything for the walls that I liked enough, so I decided to make my own art!

First I bought a few of those artists' canvases, the kind you can find at Hobby Lobby and all over the place. I thought about trying to do this freehand, but please. It would have looked like my three-year old did it! So here's my trick to making adorable art for your kids' rooms, without having any artistic ability whatsoever.

Start with some inspiration. I found these cuties online. Not sure I could even tell you where. But I kept them in my inspiration file until the time was right. Then I enlarged them and printed them out.

Next I took a blank piece of paper and traced the images. Used the old hold-it-up-to-the-sliding-glass-door method. Worked like a charm!

Then I had to get the images onto the canvases. Graphite paper comes in handy here. Go and visit this post to get a more detailed tutorial about using graphite paper, but basically I traced the images on top of the graphite paper and they transferred right on.

Then I invited my sister over, gave her dinner and a glass of wine, and she helped me to fill in the lines like a little paint-by-number.

Ta Da! I am so happy with how they turned out. Next week I will show you more of the new room, how these little pieces of homemade art look in there, and all the other things I've been working on. Have a great weekend!


37 comments:

Nancy said...

Brilliant... I love your glass door method. :) My nephew's room is a cowboy theme. It turned out just right, not Disney-ish, but rustic classy. I can't wait to see the final product!

Mandy said...

That is so funny that I just happened to be popping in to visit you! Excited to see your little cowboy art...great job!!!

Be sure & share the whole room, I know it's going ot be fabulous!

Blissfully Enamored said...

Your pictures turned out so super cute!!!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

So, so cute!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Those look FANTASTIC! They turned out looking very professional.

Jboo said...

So cute!! You are so clever! Am sure Henry loves it!

Janet

Darlene said...

Those are adorable and perfect for baby Henry's room!

Sunny said...

From one not-so-artistic-in-the-drawing-painting-kinda-way girl to another - I bet you felt like a superhero after having completed that! It looks fantastic. Can't wait to see your projects!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

They are perfect......I LOVE them!!

You are really unbelievable how you come up with all this stuff!! Do you feel like coming to PA?? LOL...I could use your help around here:)

Lisa

duchess said...

Very cute. Good thing you didn't give her too much wine.;)

Tasha said...

Love love LOOOOVE them! What a brilliant idea on how to do them. I just might have to borrow your idea (but with a different theme). They really did turn out fabulous.

Kristi said...

Oh these are so adorable! I just found your blog from The Nester (she showcased your bye-bye '70s coffee table) and I have to tell you I have already subscribed!
thanks so much for sharing!!
-Kristi

Queenmothermamaw said...

Can't wait to see the room I have used that technique before. Learned it in art class. You are very creative for sure.
QMM

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

They turned out so cute - I secretly have a bloggy crush on your home.

Amber said...

Cute! I look forward to seeing Henry's finished room!

Jodee Leader said...

Very cute and creative too!

Ally0005 said...

Those are the cutiest things I ever did see. You did a GREAT job!
Ally

Shilo said...

So cute! And so much more meaningful that you made them for him yourself! Love it!
Blessings,
Shilo

Lissa said...

That is the same way I did art for my little boy's room! I used artwork off his tee-shirts from Gymboree, photocopied, them enlarged them, and painted. I wrote a post about it at the time, http://riggs.me/blogs/lissa/wall_art_and_request and here is the finished room:
http://riggs.me/blogs/lissa/mission_completion_part_one

You did a great job!

SoBella Creations said...

What a cute idea!

Lana said...

This is so cute! You are so creative! I can't wait to see how Henry's room turns out!

Let it Shine said...

SOOOOOOO cute!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Those are adorable! You're quite talented at paint by number, my friend! :)

allthingsjuice said...

Adorable! Can't wait to see the rest.

Hey - I'm planning to visit my very first Hobby Lobby next weekend when I visit my folks. All we have here are Michael's, Jo Ann and AC Moore. Any tips for what Hobby Lobby does better than those stores? I want to maximize my shopping experience without boring my parents to tears!

Connie said...

You are amazing...I don't think you sleep! Glad to see you are still giving all of us great ideas. I found a really fun baby shower gift idea and have it posted on my blog. Thought you'd like to see it!

Connie

debra said...

Those are adorable. It is amazing what you can do with a blank piece of canvas and an idea. Love it!

Kim said...

Great idea! I just love the fact that you are saving money by creating your own art work!

Shannon said...

Way to go! Very cute!

Mandi Shandi said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I also did a cowboy theme for my little boy's nursery and had a hard time finding artwork that wasn't too cheesy. Where were you 4 years ago? You could have saved me a fortune. By the way, now that Walker is 4, his room has kept almost all the same stuff but with a vintage western flair. It transitioned so well into a big boy room!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Awww too cute... love it...♥

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Too cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

Life with Kaishon said...

I really think you are amazing : ) These look fabulous! So glad you kept the drawings in your inspiration file! So cool! Way to go. Can not wait to see finished room!

sarah m said...

Those are adorable!! They turned out great. Thanks for the details on how you did it, too! I might have to try it. :)

Momma to Bug said...

Adorable! You have such a knack for art. All I can think to do is frame a piece of scrapbook paper...

-Desiree

Jennifer said...

AWW... they are so cute!! Good job!!

Hilary said...

SO CUTE! I am new to your blog and I LOVE IT! I am trying to figure out how I can find enough time to sit down and read all your old post. It is something for me to look forward too. Thanks for sharing all your creativity and ideas. Great work! Thanks Hilary

Jessica said...

Have I told you how amazing you are?! Seriously. This is the greatest idea EVER! I can't tell you how many times I've walked past the canvases at Wal-Mart and wanted so badly to know what to do with them...THANK YOU, CARRIE!