Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easy Line Drawings

After the powder room was finished yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about artwork that would go in there. I had decided I wanted simple, pretty line drawings as to not compete with the mirror and grasscloth. I scoured Etsy but came up short.

Then I had the idea to just make my own! I could probably have tried to free hand some, but to be honest that takes time (for me at least).. time I do not have. So I took the short-cut route.

I found these beautiful images on Vintage Printable. (I love Vintage Printable.. all the images on their site are royalty free so you don't have to worry about copyright infringement. Phew!)





Aren't they beautiful?? I love how the prints include the root systems. That was my favorite part. (I actually printed these first to try them in the bathroom but the cream image was lost up against the tan grasscloth. I needed something white).

I had vellum laying around from our wedding, so I took the vellum and used it as tracing paper to trace out the image. Here is an action shot taken with my iPhone:




After I was finished, I put the vellum against a plain white piece of paper. You can't really tell the sketches are on vellum unless you look really close.

And the final product:





I love how they turned out! It looks like I spent a lot of time on them, but I didn't :)







I had these frames laying around and they look really cool up against the grasscloth.

The best part- this entire project cost me $0 because I had everything laying around!

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful project, Bryn! Off to check out Vintage Printables!

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  2. Those are fabulous!!! I love how simple they are and I know they will look so good against the grasscloth paper.

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  3. Those look great! I love how they are in floating glass frames too

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  4. Very clever, especially the see-thru frame! Nothing like a simple line drawing sometimes!
    Cathy

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  5. Jenny @WordsonWendhurstMarch 31, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    This really pretty! I love the look of pencil on vellum. :)

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  6. Nice! Another great use for Vintage Printables. And, something else you could offer in your Slate booth!???

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  7. Yes I did think about that! It will be getting an overhaul soon, I just got some new stuff! yay!

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  8. Wow Bryn! I love that project. Very creative to take an idea and make it your own. I love the black and white version and those frames are perfect. Thank you for the inspriration on this rainy day here in FL!

    xx

    Shannon

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  9. This is a great idea! I think I know what I'm doing in my empty hallway now...

    BTW The Graphics Fairy is awesome too for free vintage printables and easier to use than Vintage Printable...lately I can't even navigate their site...

    Allison

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  10. Such a great idea and they turned out amazing! I think I might try this with some fashion images.

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  11. I am totally stealing this project! It turned out wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. What a great idea. I got some botanical prints recently at the Christie Antique show but they look too traditional now that I've tried them in our rooms. Perhaps something like this will work and I won't feel like they are a total loss...

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  13. I love the second picture. I have been hankering for a nude line drawing and now you just gave me the tools to do it! Thank you!!!

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  14. Courtney! I actually thought about getting an old Playboy and copying nudes! (Their silhouettes only haha) I think it could turn out really cool.

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  15. Wow, what a great idea and it turned out great! Can't wait to see them hanging!

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  16. Pretty! I'm going to have to bookmark that site. I've been wanting some botanical prints and this would be the perfect (& free!) place to find them. Thank you!

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  17. The frames take them to the next level, I love love love this project so much!!

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  18. That is such a good idea! They came out great!

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  19. You are amazing! These look fantastic! By the way, I emailed you a while ago about your living room shades from overstock. I finally received mine today, and I love love love them :)

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  20. Awesome idea, they turned out beautiful! Just found your blog by the way, its lovely!

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  21. Carol @SofasandSage.comMarch 31, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Bryn these are brilliant. New twist on vintage and making it your own. I think they are gorgeous, and the grasscloth backdrop will be beautiful. I'm inspired to try something like that. :)

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  22. The Vintique ObjectApril 1, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Oh my gosh, what a fantastic idea! And I love the frames you chose too! Can't wait to see the finished powder room. You are making major headway in there.

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  23. elizabeth@themustardceilingApril 1, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Great idea! I love these. I am headed over to vintage printables now. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I love it! I want to do grasscloth in our powder room when we are in our next house (hopefully next year) so it was fun to see a real life example! I love the art too - cool how the grass cloth shows through the glass of the frames...great ideas!

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  25. Great idea...and potential Mother's Day gift. She'd love it.
    What? Am I too old to still be making my mom handmade gifts for Mother's Day?
    :)

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  26. www.classiccasualhome.comApril 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Such a beautiful rendering!

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  27. Bryn, this is GENIUS! I love that you used supplies already in your home and the end result is so chic. Bravo!!! xo Seleta

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  28. Love this idea! Thanks for showing us how you did it.

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