With the new year, and all the Christmas decorations coming down, I am always in need of changing the place up a bit. During the Christmas season the main wall in my front room was decked out with Heidi Swapp Holiday Wall Word plus that fabulous poster from the Mouse Paper Scissors class. The Gallery Wall Frame was home to that gorgeous glittery deer as well. I loved this wall so much. It was actually hard to take it down. But as I have been saying…out with the old, in with the new.
New Wall Art from Heidi Swapp are now available at Michaels with the Gallery Wall Collection. These words are perfectly sized to fit into any gallery wall configuration. They come ready to DIY to customize for any wall and decor. Love that option. Here today I want to share with you what I did with the WELCOME and that cutey arrow.
The idea with the arrow was to paint the edges white with one of the paints from the Gallery Wall Distress Kits. Then I wanted to adhere the wood pattern paper from the Decorative Paper Pad to the top of the arrow and then trim it out.
I started with the brush from the Distress Kit, but found that it was actually easier to get in the grooves with the sponge brush that’s included in the kit.
After the edges were painted, I used a spray adhesive to cover the arrow to ready it for the pattern paper.
After adhering the wood pattern paper to the arrow, I used a craft knife to trim out the excess. This technique can be used with any type paper whether pattern or glitter or even a metallic finish. It’s a real clean way to add a finished effect to these Wall Words.
For the ‘welcome’ Wall Word I decided to simply go with black paint. I may go back at another time and add gold foiling like Heidi shared recently on her YouTube channel. It’s one of the great things about these little DIY projects. One can always go back and alter the word to create a new look.
The acrylic paint goes on like butter. I’m serious. The coverage is fabulous and I found I only needed to apply one coat.
Again, a sponge brush, especially that smaller sized one in the Distress Kit, is smallish enough to allow the paint to get into those small spaces on these words. I allowed this black paint to dry really well before adding to my wall. Because…black paint and white brick do NOT mix. Just sayin’.
The wall in my front room is pretty big. I did not want that WELCOME sign to get lost. So to give it a bit more attention I mounted the word on the Gallery Wall Metal Placque. Sitting right over that Marquee Love ’17’ makes for perfect new year sentiment on our wall.
Something I have really enjoyed since Heidi introduced the Gallery Wall Collection, is how easy it is to change up a wall. This set is an obvious for the New Year. Come next month I am sure I will be fiddling with it again. Because I can! It’s fun. Easy. And a great way to get your create on in a way that you can enjoy every day.
Here’s the arrow. It’s real subtle up against this wall and I love how it turned out.
For the rest of the wall…I added that gold foil pattern paper from the Paper Rolls to the ’17’. For these numbers I wanted simple and elegant. Adding even just paper makes this Marquee shine.
The wall includes our most current family portrait. My tribe. Love this photo and how it adds to my wall.
The “LOVE WELL” is a theme in our home. This Foam Stamped Palette is re-purposed from another wall in the house. Because sometimes I do that. Use what you have, people.
This Clipboard and Gallery Wall Print is the easiest way to add to a gallery wall. Pick a sentiment…I think this one perfect for a new year, and hang on a board. It’s just that easy.
And that’s a wrap. That is the first installment of Gallery Wall in the Pate home for 2017. I hope you are inspired to change up your space. Whether big or little. These walls are welcome expressions of creativity and love. Our family’s appreciate having beautiful things to look at in our homes. I know I do. Happy New Year and here’s to a creative year.