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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41 comments:

  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!

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    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!

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

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

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  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
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  4. Love it! Looks great! Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday Talent Show! I hope to see you again next week!
    -Nikki
    Chef in Training
    http://www.chef-in-training.com

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

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  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!

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

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

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  9. Very, very fun!

    Thanks for sharing it!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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