Life is Art

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  July 27, 2011 — 15 Comments

The other day I stumbled upon this quote on Pinterest:


I kept thinking about it, and kept thinking about it, and eventually decided that this little quote needed to adorn the walls of my home. I just really like it. I think life is beautiful and this is a nice way to express that.

So I found this piece of wood lying around my house and decided it would be my next crafting victim.

I coated it with a little bit of paint leftover from the samples I collected when I painted the laundry room.

Then brushed on some Dark Walnut stain before wiping it off with a damp paper towel.

I love the way the stain mellowed out and aged the blue. Next, I gave it a few coats of some creamy white mistint paint I had on hand.

And gave it a vigorous sanding.

My board was about 8×11, so I printed out my quote on a piece of paper to get an idea of the scale.

This next step was kind of troublesome for me. I really do not have nice handwriting. But the quote said specifically that “how your writing looks” is art, so I decided to embrace the spirit of the message and let my handwriting be known to all who gaze upon it. I penned the quote directly onto the board using a black Sharpie.

I stapled a piece of wire to the back and hung it in my bathroom.

It’s still a little hard for me to look at my boyish scrawl and think “art,” but I’m working on it. I’m on this new kick where I try to find the beauty in everything. I’m not sure this piece has found its forever home. Something’s just not quite right. Perhaps it’s too philosophical for the bathroom? Too small for the space where its hung? It may just be better suited to living on a shelf somewhere, but I’m gonna give it some time to settle in before making any changes. Sometimes I find I’m not a fan of new things just because I’m not used to them yet, and I’m quite positive that I find this particular piece offensive because it displays my handwriting. I think I need to take some time to let that soak in.

P.S. Looking at the photo above, I kind of have an idea to move the board so it hangs beneath the light switch and fill the area above the toilet with an asymmetrical arrangement of frames and whatnot. What do you think? Should I try it?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


15 responses to Life is Art

  1. I have to admit….this made me lmao! Just the fact that the message is “everything you do is art” and you have it hanging above the toilet! Still laughing.

    P.S. I think the sign looks great. We are all critical about out handwriting.

  2. I think your handwriting is perfect for this quote. You want it to look like handwriting, and the slightly imperfectness fits it wonderfully. I think it does need some company on that wall, and it’ll settle in quite nicely! :)

  3. The handwriting is what makes it look so original! That’s an awesome idea, and I love how weathered the board looks. And I LOVE your sink! I agree, I think it would look good under the switch, and do an arrangement of frames/artwork above the throne (aka, toilet) :)

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap July 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

      Britt, that is so funny because I HATE that sink! It’s really hard to keep looking clean. Thanks, though! Maybe we could trade?

  4. Janet (Country Mouse} July 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I love it, but I think it would be better under the light switch. Where you have it placed….well, remember, men face the the wall in the bathroom. I think that is one time when we do NOT want our men to get creative!!! LOL

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