How To Create Picture Art For Your Wall

How does a person create art for their abode? For this project I drew a Hawaiian sunset. Many times I hear people say they must pay a large sum of money to buy a beautiful piece of art, or even a vase. One lady confessed she was cheap because she only paid twelve dollars for a beautiful vase. In my book the twelve dollars may have been way too much considering the amount of beautiful items people throw away every day. Go to the second hand store, and for a couple of dollars you can find vases and picture frames in pristine condition. For this art project I bought a frame from the dollar store, and it looks just as nice on the wall as a thirty dollar frame. If you want a higher quality frame go to the second hand store and buy one. Yes, I have found designed frames at the thrift store, and these are often given away just because there might be a small knick. Some are in pristine condition, and it looks like people just donated an unwanted gift. The point of this art project is to use what you already have, or to spend very little in creating it. Here are the supplies that I used for creating my wall art:

  • Recycled computer
  • A drawing pencil.
  • Watercolor pencils.
  • A dollar store picture frame.
  • A screwdriver.
  • A hammer.
  • A picture hanger.

For this entire art project I spent about a dollar, and the time it took me to draw the picture. One of my favorite things to do is draw pictures of Hawaii, and to draw sunsets and palm trees. I used the backside of a printed document to save paper, which also cuts down of the price of supplies for this project. If you feel you cannot draw a picture then try this exercise and see how easy drawing can be. Besides, this piece of art is for your own eyes and not for the world to see, unless of course you want the world to see it.

The completed Hawaiian palm tree sunset drawing.
The completed Hawaiian palm tree sunset drawing. | Source

Step One: Draw Your Picture

Draw a picture of a Hawaiian sunset.
Draw a picture of a Hawaiian sunset. | Source

Draw a picture of anything you like. I choose to draw a picture of a Hawaiian sunset based on several pictures I have. I love Hawaiian sunsets and part of me wishes I was there right now, especially when it is fifty degrees outside today. Pick a picture you love and draw this on the blank side of a piece of used printer paper. Next, add color to the sketch with colored pencils.

Step Two: Decide When The Drawing Is Completed

My picture of the Hawaiian sunset is completed.
My picture of the Hawaiian sunset is completed. | Source

Take your time and decide when the drawing is completed. When satisfied it is time to select the frame for the drawing.

Step Three: Select A Frame

Diploma frames are great for displaying drawings.
Diploma frames are great for displaying drawings.

Select a picture frame for displaying your hand drawn art work. For this project I selected a diploma frame from the dollar store because these are large enough for documents that are eight by ten inches. The most important thing to remember is to measure the drawing to make sure the picture frame you choose is large enough.

Step Four: Put The Picture In The Frame

Use a screw driver to take the back off the picture frame.
Use a screw driver to take the back off the picture frame.

Use a screwdriver to take the back off the picture frame.  Now place the picture in the frame.

Step Five: Close Up The Frame

Use a screw driver to close the frame back up.
Use a screw driver to close the frame back up.

Step Six: Hang The Picture On The Wall

Hang the drawing on the wall.
Hang the drawing on the wall. | Source

Take a hammer and nail a picture hanger to the wall. These are sold at Wal-mart, Target, Lowe's, Kmart, Jo'ann's, and most other larger stores that have a hardware department. At Jo'ann's Fabrics picture hangers are sold in the picture frame department. Picture hangers are cheap and only make a small hole in the wall, which can be covered up with spackle when you decide to take the picture off the wall.

Other Pictures I Have Drawn And Framed

My drawing of a Hawaiian water lilly. Drawing by Sweetiepie.
My drawing of a Hawaiian water lilly. Drawing by Sweetiepie.
My drawing of a tropical island. Drawing by Sweetiepie.
My drawing of a tropical island. Drawing by Sweetiepie.

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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Wow! you make things look so simple. It's a gift. Thumbs up for your creativity.


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Lgali 7 years ago

very easy method nice hub


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

anjalichugh,

I am sure you can do the same thing if you try. Thanks for commenting :).

Lgali,

Thanks!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

Great Hub SweetiePie, you are indeed a lady of many talents, and apparently need afraid, as we Ozzies say to "have a go".

Nice instructions and easy to follow. Thumbs up. :-[)


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie, The way you outline your methods and steps makes it easy to follow. Great Job. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and your artwork. C.S.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks agvulpes for reading and commenting :). I am sure you are having much warmer weather their, and boy am I jealous. I never liked weather below 80 degrees personally.

C.S. Alexis,

Actually your art hubs have been inspiring me to do more of this. I am getting to the point where I might be able and willing to sell art work on ebay.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I love the drawings - particularly the monochromatic Hawaiian landscape with only the sunset providing the color! Nice touch! If only I can draw as well you then I'd be a happy man. Lovely, practical hub! :D


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Cris A,

You should try drawing, and the great part about it is this is a free activity, except for the supplies you would have to buy.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Oh believe me I have tried and still try - but I guess I can only be the beholder of art such as yours! But that won't make me stop from my first rate doodling! LOL

Btw, nice new avatar :D


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Cris A,

That is the spirit! By the way I think doodling is considered drawing. Thanks for the comment on my avatar, I played with the colors to give it more of a red saturation.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

SweetiePie- WOW!! Another one of your hidden talents is revealed today. You never cease to amaze me with the entire gamut of talents hidden within you. I wish I was as talented as you in so many fields. Those pictures are beautiful. Do you prefer to actually stay outdoors while you paint them or prefer to use an existing painting to serve as the model for you or maybe use your own imagination to paint from.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I use a combination of photographs I take, magazine, and books to create a unique image. I have not copied a painting since I had to do that for a college assignment, but that was fun. I have drawn outside, but since I love to draw tropical settings I rely on photographs to create my drawings. I think you might enjoy drawing if you try it. Your comments very much touch me CW :).


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Sweetie Pie, this is a wonderful idea to share. :) It can indeed brighten up one's wall as well as a fun idea for a personalized gift. Do you also like to do portraits? :-)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Ripplemaker,

So happy to see you again my friend, like the Moody Blues song :). I would need to practice drawing portrait because it has been awhile, but I used to be farely good at it. I really enjoy making art work for the walls though, it is fun and relaxing. I hope you have a wonderful day :).


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I love the drawing. It looks so neat and drawn like a pro. and the frame complimented it.

I will try to this too. lol I can draw and you gave me an inspiration to start with. Very creative and nicely done!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sheenarobisn,

I am sure you will create a beautiful picture. Glad to hear you enjoy art work too.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Just got home after rehearsals.  :-)  It feels good to be hubbing before sleeping.  It's still an addiction huh?  LOL  yes, yes please practice more portraits..I also would like to see your work. Maybe one of these days, I could "persuade" you nicely to make one for me. Wow, wouldn't that be something?  (I'm fishing, it's not obvious right?) Hahaha  But nature is really good too. It's my favorite subject matter for photos and art.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Ripplemaker,

I would be happy to make a portrait for you.  I think I am better at landscapes, but with practice I can get back into drawing people :).  It is a great idea :).


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

I've always wanted to do a picture and hang it up in my own house but I never get them finished...I had plans once to do lot of paintings and hang them all over the house. But this plan dissolved when I have no time in the world except the time that is taken up by the time taking activities that fill my day.

But since you've had a go and presented it as a hub I may well do a hub on one of mine soon.

Nice pic by the way...I wished I lived near Hawaii beaches too..because it beats living around some people here in the uk


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Yes I agree it actually means taking the time to sit down and work on these projects :). In the past I really had a hard time finishing projects, but writing how tos has actually motivated me to finish many of the projects that once sat unfinished. Also, I am getting ready to start selling some pieces on ebay and etsy, so making a stock pile of images for cards is a good thing. I really wish I could go to Hawaii more often, but I am not a money unlimited kind of gal unfortunately :).


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Yay! Looking forward to it. (Skipping happily) Here's a big thank you hug. {((HUG))}


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froggy15 7 years ago from Caro, Michigan

your'e a life saver! I could picture myself doing this with little effort.

thanks


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Ripplemaker,

I really like this picture of you by the way. Which picture would you like me to draw?

Froggy,

I am sure you could too. Drawing is something we all can do :).


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Brian Gosur 7 years ago from Michigan

You are a veryu talented person SweetiePie.

I would love to sit down and do an oil painting. You have inspired me to do that.

Thank you

Brian


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Brian,

I appreciate oil painting the best because you can go away and leave it for hours, and then come back and it is still wet enough to work with. I hope you enjoy painting when you get a chance.


Erick Smart 7 years ago

I like your art! I do photography on the side and there is something to seeing your piece framed and hung on the wall.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your sincere comments Erick. I hope you write some hubs about your photography.


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RooBee 7 years ago from Here

Hello, and Cool! I love looking at things ppl have drawn. Thanks for sharing your work!!!


KStyle 7 years ago

SweetiePie you are great! I would love for you to join us on the ARTSCANA ARTISANS site.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

RooBee,

Sorry I did not reply to your comment earlier, but thank you!

KStyle,

How would I join your site? Thanks for reading.


KStyle 7 years ago

SweetiePie, love that name! Note the above url and visit, I think you'll like what you see. Let me know.

KStyle


KStyle 7 years ago

SweetiePie, I typed in the URL in the space provided but I don't see it now.

oops, hope I didn't break any rules!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

KStyle,

You are being cool, so I have no problem with links in this situation. Thanks for sharing :).


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rvsource 6 years ago

Nice blog and artwork!

I do lot's of art blogs myself!

Jeff


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

That sounds really nice rvsource! Maybe I can see some of your blogs!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Sweetie Pie this is a great idea for today's economy. What is a wall abut a place to hang pictures and the best art is original. You offer simple steps and make anybody feel like they can do it.


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for that observation Dolores!


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Kenny Wordsmith 5 years ago from Chennai

This cheap frame is a very rich idea, thanks, Sweetiepie! I have so many pictures to hang, but no frames!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Kenny,

Also, you can find more expensive frames for sale at second hand stores. I found some frames that would have probably sold for around twenty dollars for two dollars each a the Good Will, and I helped a charity when I shopped there :).


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

You are so talented and made that project look so easy. I would draw a picture but I better stay with my stickmen. If I figure out how to draw something half decent, then I will try this. LOL


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you like this tutorial Minnetonka Twin. I appreciate your comments!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Wow - I so love this! I would just love to give this a try. May I contact you if I get stuck? Voted up and awesome and you sure do deserve it. Great work here, SweetiePie!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Of course vocalcoach, and have fun drawing!


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C-Bless 5 years ago from Canada

Easy DIY for the entire family. Thank you for sharing...


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Appreciate your comments C-Bless.

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