Artwork on a Budget
The furniture has been purchased and artfully arranged. The new rugs have been put in place. There
is fresh paint on every wall, and you spent days selecting the perfect colors. Your room looks great,
but there is just one thing missing: artwork. It's easy to get to the end of your home decorating
project and not have much money leftover for artwork. That doesn't mean your walls have to stay
bare, though. There are lots of ways to create beautiful decor for your walls without spending a lot.
Artwork doesn't have to be created by a professional artist to be fabulous. You have the potential to
create your own even if you feel you have no artistic ability. Everyone has creativity inside of them.
Stir yours up and you'll be able to create artwork that is personal and fits your taste perfectly. Here
are some ideas to get you started.
• From the Hands of Babes
That colorful finger painting that your child created while sitting at your kitchen table might be the
answer to the lack of color in one of your rooms. Remember that everything looks great when it's in
a frame! Mat and frame your child's masterpieces. You'll be surprised how great they look.
• Placemats? (Yes, placemats!)
You can easily find inexpensive placemats in every color or design. Again, framing is the key to
turning a $2.00 placemat into a work of art. You don't need to have it professionally framed, but
choose a mat and frame that complement the placemat in both color and size. You can even use this
trick change your "artwork" to match the seasons.
• Nature's Bounty
Nothing is more beautiful that those things found in nature. Take a walk through the woods and
keep your eye out for interesting looking leaves. Mount them on backboard using mounting spray
and allow it to dry completely. Then, mat, frame and hang in groups. You can use different color
backboard for each to create a interesting look.
• Tissue Paper Treasure
Need some color in your room and like the look of abstract art? This project may be for you. Gather