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Affordable Artwork- The Concept

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We have a blank wall above our T.V. and it gets on my nerves.  I want to put a big clock up there, so I can see what time it is when we are watching a show, but I don’t want it to just be a clock on the wall.  KWIM?

strecthed canvasSo, I have spent several months looking for artwork for my living room.  I visited brick and mortar stores, resale shops, and perused the web.

Of course, each time I find something I like, I look at the price tag affixed to it.  Apparently, I have rich taste in art, but not the wallet to support it.   Without fail, I’d be like, “Oooh, that’s nice…” then look at the tag and think, “but, not THAT nice.”  Or, “I think that would work…”  then, “I’d have to go BACK to work.”   I like pricey artwork.  LOL.

One day, as my frustration mounted at my inability to find artwork that 1) I like and 2) is within our budget, I found a GORGEOUS canvas on line.  Price tag?  $499. Irritated, I thought,  “My kids could slap some paint on a stretched canvas for a whole lot less than $500!”

Then I thought, “Why not?  Why not let the kids paint something for the living room?”

It would be in our budget, since we could determine how much to spend on everything.  AND, it would have intrinsic value that nothing else could compare to.

CandylandAs it would happen, Michaels ran a sale on art supplies.  Sixty percent off of canvases.  Plus, I had coupons.  So, Hubs and I took the kids to Michaels.  We purchased two white 18×24 canvases, brushes, sponges, and paint.  In addition to a large container of black paint, we let the kids pick eight colors of paint to use on our project.  Total spent= $26.18.

Hubs painted the canvases black, first, because we knew that we wanted to have some black lines showing through when all was said and done.  While we waited for the paint to dry… we watched the kids play a rousing game of Candyland.

After the black paint dried, we applied painters tape until we had a design that we liked.

Then we set them aside for our next art project day.canvas with painters tape

I’ll be sharing the progress with you over the next few days.

Be sure to check out the entire series…

  1. Affordable Artwork- The Concept (you are here)
  2. Affordable Artwork- The First Canvas
  3. Affordable Artwork- The Second Canvas
  4. Affordable Artwork- Off With the Painters Tape
  5. Affordable Artwork- On Display

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. I can’t wait to see the progress! The children must have loved being involved!
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  2. I can’t wait to see the finished product!
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  3. What a cost savings! I agree…so much art out there looks like something my kid can do. Great idea.

  4. How fun! I can’t wait to see the finished artwork!
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  5. This is such an awesome project! Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
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  6. Hmmm… might have to get me a Higgins original someday too!

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