I should start this post by giving credit where credit is due… my dear friend, Brandon Houck, and I were watercolor painting one night (yes we do that and it’s a grand time), when he told me he wanted to try painting on a recycled book page. I was intrigued by this idea, and his art turned out to be fabulous when done! If you want to check it out or are interested in purchasing some of his art, you can head on over to his Facebook page and shoot him a message. #SupportLocalArtists #CommunityOverCompetition
Inspired by his watercolor art, I wanted to find a way to twist it into a DIY tutorial that could be easily replicated for the non-watercolor-artist, and thus we begin this post.
- Old book (school textbook that can’t be resold or reused by others are a great idea, or an old novel you no longer read)
- My free PNG printable files (these are about to be sold on Etsy, so if you fill out the box at the top you get an LJ original clipart for free)
- Picture frames or clipboards if you like the more trendy, rustic looking vibe
- Find a page (or pages) in your selected book that work for your art idea, there’s no right or wrong choice here
- Either hold down both sides of the book forcefully, and carefully tear the page(s) out or use a box cutter to create a rig to tear the paper long for a straighter edge
- Using scissors, trim the page to the desired size
- Take a ruler and measure the length and width of the page, and record these somewhere
- Download your PNG files I provided via the email forum at the top of the post, noting that these PNG files are specifically similar to clipart so it won’t print with a white background and block out the book page as a background
- Using the recorded measurements from step 4, adjust your printer in the settings to the correct size before printing, otherwise you’ll be disappointed when the printing is disproportionate
- Frame or clip up, and voila, chic decor done
See?! Such an easy upgrade to any old frame and a recycled purpose for any old book.
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