Friday, January 13, 2012

In vain I have struggled...

"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."

By far one of my favorite lines from Pride & Prejudice! I bawl like a baby at this point every time! So, to honor my love of literature and of love itself-I took on a project!

When my hubby and I first moved in, the realtor gave us a huge canvas painting. It was pretty modern with red poppies on a lime green background. The was nothing wrong with it except it had a small 6" cut around the bottom corner. It hung in our Realtor's office, but when it got messed up she gave it to us-and replaced it with the exact same print! What a waste really. BUT, I don't mind getting a $200 canvas I can customize myself for free!

The print hung in out new house for a few months until we filled our home with stuff that was more our style. Then it hang in our garage for 3 years until this week!

So I covered the canvas with old book pages. I just went to the junk store and found some yellowing book from the 60's that I had never heard of before. It was a bit hard to tear up a book like that, but they weren't being loved on anyways.

I applied the paged with Elmer's Spray Adhesive. I thin sealed the whole piece with about three coats of matte Valspar Sealer.

I wanted the piece to look like a scribbled love letter, so i just free handed the lettering. I am not a painter by any means!

Once it was finished, I wasn't too thrilled with how messy it looked. So I went over the lettering again, and was very pleased with that! It looks a lot darker and smoother. 

Here is it on my wall! I love, love, love it! Even the hubs was impressed. This project definitely took some time, but it was definitely worth it! 

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  1. I love it! Clever you! And the quilt on your sofa gave me the solution to my worn out sofa cushions. No need to spend money. Thanks for posting!

    1. Glad I could inspire! That blanket is from the year 1904! It was dropped off at my consignment, and no one was buying it-so I brought it home to love! It cover my couch and all the milk and juice spills from the kiddos!

  2. This is neat! I love that quote as well.

    1. Yes, I am a HUGE fan of such lovely and very British, quotes. They are super fun!

  3. Hi there, what an adorable piece of artwork. If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice then there can be nothing more delightful for you to display over your couch. You sure are a romantic. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. Love it! Looks great! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    Chef in Training

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    1. Thank Amy! It was definitely a labored process, but I really like how it turned out!

  6. I love this! I have a 12 year old who LOVES Jane Austen and she would LOVE to do this! Thanks for linking up!

  7. Great idea! Thanks for linking with Look What We Did!

  8. Awesome idea!
    Hope you'll share some more inspiration this Tuesday at

  9. Very, very fun!

    Thanks for sharing it!

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