Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Beatles- DIY Abbey Road Art


Levi's room is music themed, and when I think of music or bands one that stands out is The Beatles.  Who doesn't love at least one of their songs?  I showed my husband this cool piece of art I found on ETSY.

It's made out of License plates and wood.  I loved it but I did not have $1,200 to spend on a piece of art.  I don't have $1,200 to spend on anything.  I kept searching for through google to find images or art that maybe I could somehow copy in Levi's room.  I also found this picture on google and thought it would be pretty cool in a music themed room.

And after talking to my awesome and creative husband we decided to mesh the two ideas together to come up with our own unique piece of art.
I had two canvases hanging in our 1/4 bath that I had covered with fabric a year or so ago.  I basically ripped the hot glued fabric off the canvas in order to have a clean canvas to work with.
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Next we printed out an abbey road stencil image from google, and cut "The Beatles" out.
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I decided to glue the cut outs onto contact paper, and then cute them out using an exacto knife.  Once they were cut out we stuck them on to the canvas making sure they went on smooth without any air bubbles.
Then we searched through our stash of paint and went with the espresso brown.  We decided to splatter the paint on the canvas using a small sponge brush.
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Once the paint was on we hung the canvas over our drop cloth to drip excess paint off and to dry.
When the paint was dry Justin peeled off the contact paper Beatles.
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Pretty awesome right?  It was so easy, and it looks really good.  I was pretty impressed with the finished product.
Hope you like it.

39 comments:

HelenClyde said...

Wow! I´m so doing this! I wish it was´nt sunday, so I could get to the dollar store to get a canvas RIGHT NOW!

Thanks for this awesome idea, I loved the Beatles all my life and I was looking for some nice black/white art to hang over our sofa for two years now!

As soon as I´m finished with this, I´ll tell you how it turned out, okay?

Jennifer said...

Helen- Yay, I'm glad you liked it. I would love to know how it turns out. If you have any questions let me know. Really hope yours looks awesome as well!

Traveling Thrifter said...

love this!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Wow! I love this! Your idea turned out great. I like your combined project better than both of your inspiration pieces.

tt.scraps said...

WOW!!! This is AWESOME!!! I think I'm gonna make two for Christmas presents!!! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!! How did you splatter the paint like that??
Thanks again! I'm your newest follower!!
Tammy

Jennifer said...

Thanks everyone, really glad you like it.

Tammy- We poured our paint into a cup and layed the canvas down onto a piece of scrap wood and used a small foam/sponge brush to dip into the cup and then just flung it downward onto the canvas. After the Beatles had paint all around them we hung the canvas up over the scrap wood and drop cloth to drip all the excess paint off. I think if we would have kept it flat it might have allowed the paint to soak under the contact paper and caused it to bubble. It is a little messy, we did it in our garage, so I suggest doing it someplace you don't care about getting dirty. And definitely wear "junk" clothes. Hope you have fun doing it and thanks for reading my blog. I would love to see how it comes out.

Kristol Faucheux said...

This is Incredible!! You could sell it!!

Jennifer said...

I saw you on Under the Table and Dreaming! I absolutely LOVE this! You did a really great job!!

Veronica said...

Hi, found your amazing artwork over at Under the Table and Dreaming. This is awesome! So creative! It's a bonus that it didn't cost you $1200, but I think it is worth so much more than that as you created it yourself!

Stephanie said...

What more can you say but WOW... That is amazing! Great job!

Marquey said...

Brillant!!!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Jennifer! I simply adore this piece - fantastic job! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I featured this on the first round of showcases - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Jennifer said...

Stephanie-thank you so much, I am so glad you liked it. I really love the way it turned out too. It's hard to believe it was so simply yet looks so artsy...and we are not artsy people by no means, ha. I did grab a button and am proudly sporting it on my blog. Yay for my furst feature!

Mrs.B said...

love, love, love the Beatles...so want to copy this, but may do something with the outline of our family?...but not sure!

You have mad skills, girl!
love the blog!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I featured this at my blog today

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Courtney Elizabeth said...

Very cool! I think my boyfriend might need something like this for Christmas. He's a huge Beatles fan.

Kiera said...

I LOVE This! Great idea and I will be copy catting immediately for Christmas presents.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad you like it, let me know if you do one and how it turns out.

Christy said...

I saw this idea via TT Scraps and I literally got in my car and went to get the supplies! This is the PERFECT gift for my cousin (a Beatles fanatic). I'll post about it after Christmas, and FOR SURE link back here! Thanks so much for sharing your great idea!!! I then came back and explored your blog and you just have the BEST stuff! Following along now on your crafting adventures. :O)

Rita E said...

Okay this is totally AWESOME! SO VERY CREATIVE! Am going to try to do this for my BFF a big Beatles/John Lennon fan! Thanks for sharing!

Erika said...

Holy snap! That canvas is awesome. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for sharing this awesome post. It is truly inspring and has gotten me super excited to get started on the bedroom.

Erika @ retropolitan

Cowie Kaunweigh said...

I Just Love It !!!

Leta said...

I'm decorating my 13 year old son's room with a music them, and on a budget. I love this idea!! I am working on it now and will send you a picture when I'm done. THANKS for sharing this idea.

ANGELA said...

Has anyone ever tried this using stencils rather than contact paper. I am on a time crunch. I was going to get my friend something at the store for her birthday but it was sold out. Then I stumbled across this and was like hey thats really cool. Thanks

Jennifer said...

Angela-I'm not sure if anyone else has tried this using stencils, I didn't know there were Beatles stencils, so maybe? I guess if you had a Silhouette or cricute you could do it with vinyl? Let me know if you try it. :)

Anonymous said...

I loved this idea and had to do it. My boyfriend loves the beatles and the tennessee vols. So what better way to blend the two than to use orange paint to make it orange and white! Some paint got under my contact paper, but I just went over what I needed to with white paint and it still turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

Striker said...

This is just awesome! So I have a question about contact paper - it just pulls up?

Can't wait for some big blocks of free time to try this!!!!!

Anonymous said...

hey i loveeeeee this and am making it tomorrow and was wondering what kind of paint you used? oil or acrylic??

Jennifer said...

I just used some leftover brown paint from a quart I had bought at Home Depot. Nothing fancy. :)

Anonymous said...

Tried. Failed.
My contact paper won't stick to the canvas. I even tried affixing double stick tape to the contact paper. It just falls off before I can get the paint out of the closet!
Tips...suggestions?

I'm in love with this idea for other silhouette shapes.
Must. Do.
Need. Help.

Jennifer said...

Hmm, honestly I am not sure why it isn't sticking to your canvas. If you peeled the back off and laid the sticky contact paper onto the canvas it should definitely stick. I've made lots of contact paper stencils this way and painted on canvases, wood, and fabric and haven't had any problems with the contact paper not sticking. The only other thing you might be able to do is buy some stencil adhesive and spray it on the back of the contact paper before laying it down to make it more sticky?

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Hi Jennifer...I was google searching Beatles silhouettes to make a wall hanging as a Christmas gift and look who I found!!! This is amazing...don't know how I missed it first time around since I follow your blog...but maybe that was pre blog following days! Hope all is well...happy Christmas to you!

angel_la_head said...

I made this after seeing it on your site for a friend of mine. It was her graduation/birthday party. I went ahead and did black and red because red is her favorite color but I thought solid red would be too bright. I was surprised how much time it took, but that is probably because I forgot one step. To set it up and let the excess paint drip. But then again, I kind of like it without the drip. Here is a link to a picture of it, if it works. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1646078397496&set=a.1482881877685.2064744.1402981230&type=3&theater

angel_la_head said...

I also want to add, I printed a picture to where each member was as tall as a standard piece of printing paper. And only had room to place them without them being in a specific corner, which bothered me at first. Lol

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am trying to do this using a headphones stencil. I was wondering how long you waited for the paint to dry and did you just peel off the contact paper by hand? Thanks!

Jennifer Curtis said...

Hey Anonymous- I pulled the contact paper off immediately. I used the sharp point of a craft knife to pick up the corners and then just peeled it off.

doro von Hand zu Hand said...

cool idea!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!


doro K.

Tori Tate said...

Is there any way to stick them down successfully without contact paper?

Jennifer Curtis said...

@Tori I am not really sure. You could do vinyl if you had some I think