Sunday, November 18, 2012

Guest post: Book wall art

Our dear friend Andrea made her own artwork inspired by a picture I found at a craft show. I love the idea of drawing or painting on a page from a book - it doesn't have to be an owl, you can try anything! Art definitely does not need to be expensive. Here is Andrea's project, I love how it turned out. 

Last weekend, I got a chance to visit Liz & Chris in Colorado.  Liz and I have always had similar d├ęcor tastes (my boyfriend would call our style “hipster-esque” – I blame owls & cats for being so cute!).  So while I was visiting, I got some inspiration from this cute little owl picture Liz has hanging in their bedroom.  I loved it – so I DIY’ed it!

I have had this frame that I got at a thrift store for $1.  Since it’s so unique, I’ve had trouble deciding what picture to put in it, until this project inspired me!

First, I scoured the internet for cute owl drawings.  I’m not a super great artist, so I needed a step-by-step guide which I found here

I practiced drawing it twice, in the 5’x7’ size I needed, putting a few different elements in each drawing.  Then, I colored both of them in differently, one with just colored pencils, and one with markers and colored pencils.


I liked the owl on the left better, but the markers and colored pencils in the picture on the right turned out way better. 

It was time to draw the owl for real.  I got a book at a thrift store a while ago – worst book ever.  Since I stopped reading it, I’ve been using it for DIY projects.  Using one of the pages as the paper for the owl, I drew the outline in pencil, then colored in the details with the markers and colored pencils.  Before I started, I was sure to outline the oval space I had to draw in, so that none of the owl was hidden by the frame!

After erasing the pencil marks, I put George in his frame and now he hangs on my wall!

All in all, I’m pretty happy with my little art project.  It only took about an hour, and I think anyone can create a unique picture for their wall like this!


  1. So cute - this would make a great gift for the Owl Lover!

  2. LOVE IT!!!!!! I'm in love with owls!! Just adore this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

  3. Really cute! You could probably also try experimenting with printing a picture over the book page.