November 16, 2008

The Cute Linden Tree

I too have fallen prey to the linden tree design craze and have liked it for quite some time. It’s one of those patterns that has done the rounds and keeps coming back.

A couple years ago I came across some vintage fabric at a yard sale. I bought 5 different fabrics from these 2 girls selling their grandmothers things. One of them was a sheer white with a brown polka-dot pattern. I used some of that for a shower curtain face, and there was this one….

I was crazy about it, and incorporated it into my bedroom right away. Later I found some frames at Ikea, pulled them apart to remove the unattractive prints of rocks, and I put my fabric inside the frames! The distance from the 3 frosted frames on the glass to the fabric at the back is about an inch and 3/4, so they have a slight shadow box quality.

Then there’s this curtain panel that they had at Ikea. It’s meant to be used as those modern room dividers where you buy 6 of them and then install ‘em on a track where they overlap one another when open, and look like a large panel when shut…. Anyway, I bought one and wanted to incorporate it into my room too, so I put the large panel horizontally above my headboard in my room. The design had a slight brown quality to it, and my accent wall is brown, so it has the effect of looking cut-out and showing my wall color through the design.

This is where my project begins…

I drew some lines on the wall with a white Zig pen. Sharpie is terrible for drawing on a wall. It doesn’t like paint, and it struggles to even write. I did not have to learn that on this project, I tried it another time and learned it’s no good. Zig however is a lovely pen, and aside from the stupid texture on the wall, it wrote nicely for me.

Next, I got out some vellum paper, I traced 4 of the patterns from the white Ikea panel with a pencil.

Then I got out my cuttlebug circle set and used two of them to die cut the rough circles I traced.

Then I used them as a stencil. Using a stencil brush and wall paint, (if you are a regular to my blog you have seen this paint color many times. I have it on the walls many places in my house, and I used it for my L shaped desk.)
Now don’t get me wrong, a clear plastic would have been much better, and if it weren’t too thick, the circle dies would have gone through it, but I didn’t have anything clear and plastic. So…. If you do something like this and use vellum, there is something worth knowing….
The vellum will curl!

But it’s not a big deal!! All you have to do is turn on your iron, set it to a warm setting w/o steam. Place a plain piece of vellum onto the ironing board and lay the curling stencil flat onto it with the paint side down. Ironing onto the back of the stencil will flatten it, and the paint won’t get on the iron, it will only get on the scrap of vellum.

Depending on how long you use your stencil will determine how many times you will have to iron it.
I had to iron mine 3 times to do this….. to my bedroom wall on either side of the bed.
Ah… one more thing… Did any of you watch the last season of Design Star???
The winner Jennifer was my inspiration to paint on my bedroom wall because she did such an awesome job with those leaves on the walls of her sisters house!
And not just those walls, she did a few challenges where she painted BEAUTIFUL stuff on the walls, like her yellow and blue French pottery inspiration room…. MAGIC!!!
Mine doesn’t compare, but I wanted to mention her inspirational talents! Looking VERY forward to her show on HGTV!
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Amy said...

I LOVE IT!!! I gladly give you permission to experiment at my house! ;)

Fink said...

What a great idea you came up with!

Misty said...

Utterly amazing work.

Ali said...

OMG, I really love it, LOVE the colours you chose to work with too!!! Man alive, I need you over here, I wish I had the time to give my house a lick of paint, never mind putting those CUTE touches to it!! I'm in awe.

Cameron said...


some kind of wonderful said...

oh my stars!! this is GORGEOUS!!! i have been wanting to do this to one of my walls!! now i may actually be able to figure out how to do it!!!

Unknown said...

Nat, this is sooooo amazing!!!!! I love that!
I could totally do that in our bedroom too!!!

Karen Pinsonat said...

wow. wow. wow. I think your name is really Martha. I LOVE this!!!!

Stampin' Meg said...

The murals turned out so gorgeous, Scatty.

Summer said...

You are so nice! Thank You for the nice comments on my pictures! You are amazing yourself! I really admire your creativity! I have a few friends that would love to keep tabs on your blog....I'll have to send your link to them! You are awesome!

Scrappers said...

I love your blog!!! You do some of the best stuff.

wendyp said...

Boy oh boy, do I need some of your expert design help at my house. We're in the process of painting/redo the living room and we are just totally stumped on how to decorate it. We can't even seem to get the paint color right, lol!

Love your idea with the Ikea frame. I picked one of those up a few years ago with the idea of putting in some of my b/w photos. still haven't gotten to that project. I think fabric will be going in it instead. :)