Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cowboy Pop Art

When my oldest son was born 8 years ago (Sheesh!  I can’t believe it’s been that long!), I decorated his room in a Noah’s Arc Theme, with a golden yellow and denim blue.  It was adorable (if I do say so) and served him well in his wee days, but as he grew, and moved into a big boy bed, the room kind of became a mish-mosh of things added over time, including his younger brother.  :)  I never had time or inclination for a redecorating.

Then, about 2 years ago, I was expecting my first little girl, and I was excitedly decorating her new room with a pale butter cream yellow and spring green and a dragonfly theme.  I REALLY got into it.  Along my new-baby decorating frenzy, the boys got a little jealous.  They told me in no uncertain terms that they wanted a newly decorated “theme” room.  Since they have a giant pine bunkbed, and we have a lot of the golden yellow and denim blue stuff left over from the Noah’s Arc nursery, a cowboy room seemed the logical choice.  The boys were thrilled, so off I went redecorating their room.

I’m sure I’ll show you more of the room at a later date, but I wanted to share with you an easy-peasy but really striking piece of art I created for the wall above their dresser.  I had the frame from a Noah’s Arc painting that I did while I was pregnant with the eldest and planning the Noah’s Arc room, and I had the idea of doing a rustic, cowboy-style pop art in colors that matched those of the new room.  The new color scheme was inspired by the great sheet sets I got at Target to go with their dark denim bead spreads.

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I found a great website called Pop Art Machine that creates all different artistic renderings from your uploaded photos.  They also have lots of images in their public galleries.  This image was one from their blog, but worked perfectly for this application.  I downloaded four of the color schemes that worked best with the colors in the room, printed them out on cardstock, cut them out and stuck them down on a board with glue stick, and voila!  Free art:


Here it is with a little more of the context of the room.


There having a great giveaway for a Silhouette Craft Cutter (worth OVER $325) over at Tatertots and Jello, but stay away, ‘cause I want it!!  ;)  (Apparently I’m not the only one, since there are over 2000 entries so far!!  Wowee!!)

Thrifty Decor Chick is also giving away a Silhouette Craft Cutter.  I’ve never won a blog giveaway before, but this would be a fantastic week to start!  ;)

Also trying for a Silhouette machine over at Southern Hospitality.


This project is participating in the Wall Art Challenge at The CSI Project!

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  1. This is so awesome. It really turned out well!

  2. that is so cool! i love the colors in it.
    oh, and i think love song would be perfect, too! not sure about the maroon 5 one... i would feel like you do about singing in front of your parents. chasing pavement by adele is also fabulous.

  3. This is really clever.Thanks for the link to the site.I want to try this.
    Also,thanks for visting my blog and commenting.
    Best of luck for the CSI Challenge.

  4. Wow - that is really cool! I love the way it turned out. I need to check out that website!

    Thanks for linking up!!!


  5. This is incredible! I LOVE it - if I had a boy, I would totally do a cowboy theme. This is such a great reminder of how fabulous repetition looks! And you can't beat free! I'd pay big money for this look!! Great job!

  6. That is terrific. I love cowboy, but it can get a little too country or cutesie. This is really fresh.

  7. Love the cowboy pop art. My parents have been considering a "westernish" theme for their vacation home, but didn't want it to be to silly. I am definitely going to have to show them your take...

  8. Oh wow, that looks amazing. I love what you've done with the cowboy theme--it totally works!

  9. This made me laugh out loud...because it's like you wrote my exact same story. (and really similar to my own CSI dilemma. Weird.) My 8 year old boy DESPARATELY needs a new room. Poor kid. And the girl's room.....?? Divine. I've always felt guilty. His room is on the docket for a summer re-do.

    I love how the cowboys are rustic but the display is modern. It is so eye catching. I really like this. A lot.

    And I'm still gonna take away a good feeling knowing that I'm not the only one making my 8 year old sleep in an un-age-appropriate room. Well maybe not, since you fixed yours....but I'm GOING to fix mine too. Really.


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