I've been posting a lot of cards, 3-D and scrapbooking items but not a lot of home decor (have you TRIED the paper pumpkins yet? You know you want to!) so I thought it might be time to break out the most 3-D item of them all, the wall.
A few years ago, a friend of mine with four boys all sharing the same attic bedroom needed to choose a theme that was fun and yet spanned all their ages, from 7 to newborn. Luckily for her, she knows ME, and she knows I am always a sucker for--I mean always up for a home remodelling project and ANYTHING to do with stamping.
So I took the images from Fishy Friends, her favorite stamp set, stamped them in black Stazon ink on a transparency sheet (teacher supply store) and borrowed our church's old antiquated projector to shine them up on the wall, large or small as I wanted them. Cool!
After that it was just a matter of tracing and then painting in the fishies, octopi, crabs and such... I sponge painted a sea-floor using leftover house paint and added some long tendrils of seaweed. I'll admit I did hand paint in some accents, such as an old wooden sign, an oyster with a pearl, and lots of bubbles, but everything else came from the stamp set.
And the entire room took about four hours total, can you believe it? Granted, the room was light blue to begin with, so I didn't have to start with a completely blank slate. But it was fast and fairly simple, and there's the safety net of knowing that a swipe of your roller and the whole thing would be covered up again if it looked bad.
I guess the moral of this story is don't be afraid to create... try new things... work in a different medium than you're used to. It might turn out GREAT. And if it doesn't, well there's more paint where that came from. File it in the "round file" and start fresh. Happy creating!