Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How I do State Love Art

I love state love art.  


I really want some in my home.  Especially since I grew up in Alaska and Alaskans tend to have a lot of state pride and because I want Alaska to be a part of my kids lives.  Anyway, I kept thinking about how I wanted to do it.  What color to make it.  Should I do something fun in the background?


After a while of not being able to really picture what I wanted I came up with this.


What do ya think?  I love it.  It is totally a different look, but it works well in my house.

I made them on 12X12 canvases that I got for about $4 each.  Then I looked up some old maps and then I made the old maps look older in picnik and then I made them look even older by doing the distressed photo transfer thing.


I made one Alaska and I put a heart in the Palmer/ Eagle River area since that is where my family is and where I grew up.

Then I had to make a Utah because that is where my husband grew up, it is where most his family is, and it is where we live.

I can't wait to add them into my family room.




51 comments:

  1. Looks great! I grew up in Alaska, too! (Fairbanks/North Pole area) You're right, we have a lot of state pride. ;)

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  2. What a great project! Your maps look great!

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  3. LOVE this!! The "state shape w/ a heart" is so overdone (and the whole 'did-they / didn't-they steal it from the poor artist girl' thing left a bad taste in my brain). And I * like * old * maps. Way to rock the style and your history.

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  4. that is a really cool print! very unique! great job!

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  5. Yours are ten times better!

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  6. Wow, these turned out great. I am from California and have a clock in my house that is on California time with vinyl under it that says "California" I may have to do a map as well!

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  7. AS a military family, I LOVE this idea! My husband and I both grew up in Minnesota but got married in Alaska while he was stationed on the Air Force base in Anchorage. My son was actually born on Elmendorf AFB :) Though that's not our home state, we're still very loyal to Alaska. Hopefully we'll be living there again someday :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I love those all maps in Picnic... great memories on canvas, perfect for remembering summer and since they are so inexpensive you can do it new every year.

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  9. I love how your maps look! I really like how you transformed them in picnik. Great job!

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  10. this is such a cool project, I love how your turned out! ;-)

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  11. That looks AWEsome. So much cooler than the other state love art.

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  12. This is so cool! Stopping by to invite you to link up to Thrifty Thursdays. Blessings!

    Johnnie

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  13. Laura those are fabulous! What a great idea! I will have to check out the distressing part later. Good Work! Thanks for having the NAME/URL so I can post my comments. So many blogger do not.

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  14. Love this--I'm kind of into the whole map and globe thing right now too--these look really cool. If you have time I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party this week.

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  15. Fantastic!! It's so hard to find great Vintage style State wall art particularly for my state of NSW in Australia where I grew up - especially as I now live in Arizona!

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  16. So neat- I love map art too- there's just something about it! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday at my blog sometime! :)

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  17. I love those maps! I spent 4 weeks this past April in Big Lake, AK with my family, a dream vacation for us. I was born in Florida, and have lived all my life within 30 miles of where I was born, so Alaska was the opposite of home to me, but it was sooo amazing! The people we met were very gracious and easy going, the pace of life seems slower and calmer there to me. I have a plan brewing in my head to make a wall collage of the photos from the places we've visited and my husband the pilot flies to, these maps would fit in so well with that. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Great pieces - I think they are my favorite map project yet.

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  19. LOVE this look! Thanks for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  20. You did a great job, and these give a totally different look than most of the state love art. Pinning!

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  21. This is so creative and clever! Just the perfect idea for some art in the kids rooms! Thank you for sharing this at my party!

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  22. Where did you find the map images? These are beautiful!

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  23. Wow! Great job. I love what you did with you maps. Having lived in Alaska (it gets in your blood!) I'm partial to that map. If I saw that in a store I'd buy it in a second!
    Good job!

    Susan

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  24. Laura,

    Thank You SO much for visiting the party…

    I just want to let you know that I’ll be featuring your project on my blog tomorrow… you are getting a NEW sticker ;)

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  25. Laura, these are seriously amazing and they are my new favorite I (heart) state art. Brilliant and I fully intend to steal your idea and use them in my family room. Thanks so much for sharing-I am pinning this and I am going to hop up there and follow you now too!
    Kim
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  26. LOVE this!!! Pinned it. MY sister lives in Wasilla right now, I drove through Palmer when we visited her last. Beautiful.

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  27. This is amazing! How awesomly creative of you! I would have never thought to do this! This is the perfect project to show that you can use this is any style of home. Thanks so much for the inspiration!! You rock!

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  28. I LOOOOVE this! You have such a creative take on things and I just love it! I'm totally inspired to create something honoring my favorite states. And I'm so jealous that you grew up in Alaska - it's SUCH a beautiful place! I'm your newest follower! : )

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  29. Love this! I am really loving all the great map projects out there and the distressing on your canvases just gives them the perfect touch!

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  30. I live in Eagle River and work in Palmer-- talk about a small world! I've fallen in love with "state art" and REALLY LOVE your rendition of it :) Thanks for the idea!

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  31. Laura, I LOVE this!!! You are amazing! :)

    <3

    Risa

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  32. Super-duper amazing!!! I love this!

    <3
    Risa

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  33. I love this idea! I would love to have maps of all of the places we've lived. Since I am not the least bit crafty, I am going to have to find someone to make these for me! :) Seriously, love them!

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  34. I love this. Years ago I aged old maps with coffee and modpodged them to a canvas and love it. It's still hanging in my living room.

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  35. I LOVE this idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  36. This is really cool looking. Love it.

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  37. Yay! I just featured you today! Come grab a button!

    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/2011/08/good-morning-sunshine.html

    Kim @ Too Much Time

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  38. I like your idea so much that I featured it this week on my own blog!

    http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/2011/08/get-me-motivated-monday-er-tuesday.html

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  39. Can you share where you were able to find printable maps online? Not having a lot of luck! Thanks!

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  40. I love map art. I definite must try. P.S. I graduated from Chugiak High in 94' Even though I live in the nice warm state of Florida now, Alaska will always hold a place in my heart.

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  41. Hi! I know you posted this awhile ago, but i would love to know—if you remember—where you found the maps online! thanks!

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  42. Laura, your map projects are unique and much loved. Will feature you somehow in the near future. R.

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  43. Absolutely FAB idea! Love this tutorial!

    I featured you on Momcaster: http://momcaster.com/2012/06/01/transfer-photos-to-canvas/#

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  44. I want to do this on a large-scale canvas with an image I have, the only problem is I have to print it on 8.5x11 paper using a PDF poster print, so I will have about 9 different pieces of paper to apply for one image. Should I apply them all at once or apply one and let it dry before applying the next? I worry about the product overlapping the edges of the pages and not being able to get the paper off where it bleeds over. Thanks for any insight you can provide!

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  45. Gorgeous! Love this!

    Deborah ;)

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  46. I really need one of Texas for a Valentine's Day present for my husband. Can I pay you to make one and send it to me? Thanks, Diana dianablaser@gmail.com

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  47. Amazing! I found you on Pinterest and I ADORE this project. Can't wait to scroll through the rest of your site! :)

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