i have two confessions to make before i share savannah's awesome DIY. this weekend was the first time i used mod podge. ever. what kind of blogger who is occasionally crafty am i? second confession: i am going to show you my incomplete DIY. ice cream and reading took place of painting and cleaning last night for me. sue me.
onto to the DIY:
Hello Take Heart readers, I'm Savannah and I blog over at Savannah Smiles! I got super giddy when Danielle asked me to guest post on her beautiful blog, I hope you enjoy the fun DIY!
I LOVE books, but I also love making art out of them. Sorry. If tearing pages out of books makes you squeamish, look away now. If it makes it any better I try to find really boring looking vintage books to rip up, I would never rip up my copy of A Tale of Two Cities, or Robinson Crusoe.
- Vintage books (if this idea TOTALLY kills you you can use anything and then just tea stain it to look old), old hymnals, or sheets of music
- Mod Podge
- Stencils (or you can free hand it and be WAY more artistic than me!) I use the helvetica stencils from Michaels
- Old magazines (I use Anthropologie magazine)
First rip out all the pages you are going to use and start to arrange them how you want them on your canvas
Once you have an idea where everything is going, start with your bottom piece and Mod Podge away. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the canvas where your book page is going and flatten the page to the canvas. If you are not careful you will get air bubbles, so make sure to go slow and flatten all the way.
When you have Mod Podged the whole thing to the canvas spread a generous amount of Mod Podge over the whole thing to really seal it in and stick it down. It dries clear, but make sure there is an even amount all the way around. **Let dry completely. I let mine dry all night**
At this point I cut out some decorative elements out of some Anthropologie catalogs.
It is now time to stencil (or free hand you lucky artistic folks!) whatever you want. I chose a bible verse for mine. Matthew 6:30.
Hang on the wall an admire your new artwork. I would have loved to use more or my Anthropologie cut outs, but the verse was pretty long!
is this not fabulous?
go leave savannah some love on her blog and check out all her other awesome diys.
here is mine…so far.
when it is finished it is going to say
"i will not rest until GOD and LOVE are synonymous in my own mind"
i don't remember where i first read this, or heard this. i just remember jotting it down on a little crumpled up piece of paper and sticking it to my fridge. this is the cry of my heart right now. and when it's not the cry of my heart, it should be. my Jesus is LOVE. and if i am a follower of Him i should not doubt Him and i should live out love just like He did. what a challenge, what a inspiration. i started reading ann voskamp's book, one thousand gifts, this weekend. whew. it is making me think about God and love being one in the same more than ever. happy monday, you guys.