How To: Make Fabric Art

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Art. Schmart.

Leah, over at More Ways to Waste Time, admits that art intimidates her. When it comes to "real art," she doesn't yet trust her instincts nor does she have a Smithsonian-sized budget to buy the good stuff. So she found a shortcut.

If you're tired of staring at that same old Ansel Adams poster, follow Leah's lead and start making some fabric art!

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• Find some fabric you [heart]. Leah purchased most of her choices online: Tonic Living, Kiitos Marimekko, and Ebay.

• Pick up some canvas stretchers (art store) and a staple gun (hardware store). For extremely large pieces, Leah suggests buying a textile wall hanging kit. Less substantial than a regular frame, it'll mean less weight on your wall and more money in your wallet.

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• Find your composition and smooth out the cloth. You may have to iron it, depending on the type of fabric, but stretching it tightly on the frame will remove many of the minor wrinkles.

• Staple it to the frame. Start by placing a staple in the center of each side of the frame. Work out toward the corners, adding only a few staples to each side before moving to the next. An easy-to-follow guide for finishing those tricky corners can be found HERE.

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• Stand back, sip your Chardonnay, and analyze the fluid motion and the nod toward adolescent realism that you now see in your new fabric art.

Thanks for the artistry (and all the photos), Leah!

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