Watercolor Sheet Music Art

Hello Pretty Providence readers! I am Bethany and I blog at Whistle and Ivy. I hope you all had an amazing summer. Hopefully you are enjoying the new school-day routine. Mine won’t be in school for one more year (preschool), so I am trying to take advantage of our time together. We were able to squeeze in one more family get-together last weekend with aunts and cousins, and we enjoyed seeing my sister’s new house. One thing I noticed were these gorgeous art pieces made of colored sheet music. I immediately wanted to replicate it. I love how it turned out! This watercolor sheet music art was easy and quick to make, and the design and color possibilities are endless.

And since the musical notes need to show through, watercolor is the perfect color medium for the music. It turned out perfect!

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
What you need:

  • Watercolors
  • Old Sheet Music
  • Stretch Canvas or Panel
  • Modpodge
  • Paint of your choice (for canvas background)
  • Paintbrush

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
Start by painting your sheets. I had a lot of fun mixing the colors. I created that beautiful navy with some black and dark blue. Your pages will warp, but it’s okay, the modpodge will make everything smooth and even later.

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
Next, find a pretty design. I found a lovely bird silhouette. I think most anything will work. You can print it, or save some ink and trace it very lightly with a pencil.

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.

 

Cut out your design and  trace it onto the watercolor music. If you are doing each part a different color,  trace around each part separately. You will have to eyeball the gaps, but it’s not too difficult.

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
I also eyeballed a wing to add a bit more definition and color.

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
Cut out your pieces and line them up on your canvas. I used canvas panels.

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.

 

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.

If you are painting your canvas, do it now. Once it’s dry, Modpodge the music pieces in place. Be sure to apply glue to the back of the paper and the top of the canvas. Be careful, the watercolor does smear when it gets gluey. You can clean up any paint smears with a wet q-tip. Apply the top layers the same way.

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
Finish by carefully covering your whole art piece with a layer of Modpodge. Be careful not to smear the paint!

Watercolor Sheet Music Art - Recycle old sheet music into this beautiful art to display in your home.
I love my bird art! The other one however, did not end up how I would have hoped. You may guess, this one was hand-drawn by me, and not a traced image. Drawing is clearly not a talent I possess.  It was supposed to be a dandelion, but looks more like Pac-man projectile-vomiting a box of nails. #craftfail

Maybe I can salvage it?
We’ll see.

Be sure to grab some old sheet music next time you are thrifting and give this watercolor sheet music art a try!

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Have a great weekend!

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Embroidered Fabric Headbands

Easy embroidered headbands! Fun and easy beginners embroidery.

Hey there!  It’s Kelly from The Little Things (now Gav + Ro!) and today I’m bringing you a DIY to spice up your hair accessory game!  As I’m coming to the end of my second pregnancy, I’m already starting to think about getting back into postpartum shape.  Does that make me crazy?  Don’t answer that!

Anyway, it’s always much more motivating to work out when you have the right attire.  Bonus points if it’s cute too!  Now I can’t teach you how to sew you’re own leggings or sassy racerback top, but I can show you how to brighten up your hair accessories!  I love embroidery and personalized items so I’ve combined the two for today’s embroidered headband DIY.

What You’ll Need: Fabric Headbands, Embroidery Thread, Needle, Pencil/White Pen

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Using your pencil or white pen (pencil works best on lighter fabrics and the white is for the darker ones), mark out your design on the headband.  This won’t be entirely that easy, the fabric likes to move a lot and doesn’t take the marking right away.  But you’re really just marking it for a guideline so don’t worry too much about how dark or light your lines are.

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Follow your guidelines with short, little stitches.  When you use shorter stitches, it keeps the thread from being too loose as well as creates a cleaner, nicer looking line.  Be sure you’re pulling the headband slightly taut as you go along to ensure a tight design.  (However, not too taut since the headband is made of stretchy material.)

If you’re new to embroidering or sewing in general, I suggest sticking with simple designs like chevrons, straight lines, etc.  If you’d like to be adventurous or feel like a challenge, go for some lettering!  I have an Etsy shop on the side where I make hoop art and embroider words/names and such so I’ve become pretty comfortable with wording.  But even so, this wasn’t that easy since the fabric likes to move a lot.  Just be patient, take your time, and work with the fabric.

The chevron design is just two lines of stitches in a “V” shape.  For the stars, follow the guide below.star stitch

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Once you’ve finished, if you have any stray pieces that hang off the edges, hot glue them down to the back.

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Now you’re ready to workout in style…or at least pretend that you did!

XO, Kelly

Chicken Scallopini

Chicken Scallopini sounds fancy and complicated but it’s not. That can be our little secret!

Chicken Scallopini

 Hey guys, it’s Mandy from Mandy’s Recipe Box. I am here with a completely delicious dinner recipe that will save your butts at dinner time. It’s called Chicken Scallopini and it’s so easy to make that you will add it to your dinner rotation, I promise. It is one of those recipes where you always have the ingredients on hand and can make it any time you need a go-to easy recipe. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s sounds fancy shmancy but it’s so not. I love using angel hair pasta in this but you can use regular spaghetti if you want. It’s your life. [Read more…]

No-Carve Pumpkin People

Pumpkin people! No-carve pumpkin idea with craft pumpkins! prettyprovidence.com

Happy September first, y’all! I know it’s a little early, but I honestly couldn’t wait to decorate my porch for fall this year. I think it had to do with the fact that the craft stores are always putting their stuff out in late August, it just gets my wheels turning. You may remember that Jessica and I are Michael’s Makers this year, and September’s challenge is PUMPKINS. I was at Michaels checking out all the new fall decor and I was drawn to the black and cream craft pumpkins. Go figure! I had this fun idea for no-carve “pumpkin people” and I am obsessed with how they turned out.  [Read more…]