How to Make Affordable Artwork to Reflect You

by Kathy on July 28, 2015 in Home Culture, Home Decor, Homemaking

affordable artwork


Our home should reflect us, not what a designer or a company that sells interiors says we should have on our walls and beds. When people walk into our home it should tell a story, a story of our history and what is important to us. It should reflect our personalities.

I would rather make something, if I can, than buy  such things as curtains, quilts, artwork, doilies, etc…

Here is one thing I’ve done in my home.

Now I am no artist but I can snap a picture and play on the computer a bit.

I’ve been looking for something like this to hang in our dining area but didn’t want to spend the money.

My husband had this old frame given to him. It was falling apart but I just love it!  I knew that was the size of artwork I wanted.  He re-enforced it for me and I added a couple of coats of white paint that I had in the bottom a of wall and trim paint can. I didn’t do a great job on it because I wanted it to look distressed.

I decided I wanted a picture that reflected our home, my taste.  I love my crocheted table cloth that I use when we are having company or a special occasions.

I had this white pitcher I picked up from the thrift store a couple months ago for $3.

I had a few silk peonies (my favorite flower) in an arrangement in my bedroom so I took those out and put them in this pitcher and stuck in a few real roses.

I added a set of salt and pepper shakers I never use but love none the less to give it a bit of an old-world look.


I snapped a bunch of pictures as the afternoon light was shining in and then edited them in Picmonkey. I cloned out a lot of the background to make it darker, then played around with the lighting and color settings until it was how I wanted it. This does not take skill, it’s kind of like coloring, you just need a little practice, and if you don’t like it just hit the back button and start over. 🙂


I saved it at full resolution, but because it was being enlarged so much it lost a lot of its clarity, which I think makes it look much more like an old painting.

I went to Wal Mart and had a 16×20 poster made with a mat finish, that was about $12. Picked up a small bottle of Mod Podge (mat finish) while I was there, that was about $3 (it doesn’t take much).

I had a piece of foam board (kind of like poster board but ticker) at home so that didn’t cost me anything. You could use a thick piece of cardboard or even a piece of thin wood such as plywood. If you want the canvas look it doesn’t have to be a super smooth surface, just make sure there are no huge gaps in the grain.  Cut the board the same size as your photo/poster.

I used a 2″ paint brush to apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the foam board (the Mod Podge will wash out of the brush when you are done).

Let it air dry for a minute so it would stick better. Then I laid the picture on top carefully, smoothed it out and then added a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the picture.

I did all the brush strokes in one direction (from side to side),  let it dry for 20 minutes and then added a second coat of Mod Podge brushing from top to bottom and then letting it dry for another 20 minutes.

The brush marks show a little when the light hits it just right which is what gives it a canvas look. You could use a paint roller if you don’t want brush marks.

There is no glass in the frame.

I used my hot glue gun to seal the picture in the frame.

Maybe next summer when the roses are in bloom I may try to re-do this and make it look a little  more like this color scheme!

Sevryukov Dmitry - 'White Roses'

I really want to use a picture of my grandmother’s farm for a nice piece of  canvas-looking artwork. That would be something special to hand down to the children one day… when I get time.

I’d love to hear how you make your home reflect you.



Kathy Brodock, is the wife of Jeff Brodock, and mother of seven children, three of whom are adopted. She is a homeschool veteran of over 20 years and is an author and video producer. She also enjoys the fiber arts of quilting and crocheting, along with the culinary arts of cake decorating and catering. But her heart is truly one of a wife, mother and homemaker. Her home on the web is

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Melissa July 28, 2015

That turned out really super!

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