Floating Art

The hummingbird is a symbol of joy and happiness. 

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything’s perfect.  It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – unknown

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Lately, my décor style leans toward clean lines, geometric patterns, and predominantly monochromatic designs.  Naturally, as I was mulling over ideas for my powder room, I wanted something unique, but also keeping in with my design style.

This piece of art fit the bill, and it was super easy to DIY.

Step 1 – Purchase a floating frame.
Black Float Frame, Belmont by Studio Décor®

I searched high and low for a 11”x14”, low budget, white floating frame. I quickly discovered that it was going to be pricey.  My local Michaels Stores had one for $16, not in white, but I knew I could make it work!

Step 2 – Paint it white.

If you are happy with the black frame, you can skip this step.  However, I wanted a white frame to contrast against my dark grey wall.  I took apart the frame, and set aside the glass. I used Rust-Oleum Multi-Purpose Spray Paint (the one that bonds to plastic) to paint the frame white; one can is more than enough for this project.

Step 3 – Choose your image.

I really wanted a geometric design for my art piece – but honestly, you can do any kind of line drawing.  Draw or sketch out your photo on an 8×10 or 11×14 piece of paper. If you lack drawing skills, you do have option of finding an image online.

Step 4 – Trace your image.

There’s two ways of doing this:  You can either trace your image directly on the glass of your frame, or you can draw on clear transparency film – I chose to do the latter (I didn’t want to commit to the drawing, in case I wanted to change it up down the road).  I placed my drawing underneath the transparency film and traced it with a Sharpie Paint Pen.  I chose to use the colour white, but Sharpie Paint Pens come in a variety of colours.  And for this project you can go with either oil or water-based paint pens.

Step 5 – Assemble and hang!

Once the paint is dry, carefully place the transparency paper between the two glasses.  This is not as easy as you’d think.  Glass shows fingerprints, dust, and smudges – the worst is when it’s in between the glass.  I had to clean the dust and fingerprints many, many times, until I got it right. 

This was a super easy DIY, that probably took me no more than 30 minutes to complete (not including the time for spray painting the frames white).  So I would definitely give it a try, as I get compliments on it all the time!

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