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I’m adding more coastal touches to my home – some are small changes while this art print is a huge change for me. Living in Florida, I’ve had shells on display for over 30 years. I have on display several small Florida art pieces. Today I am creating my own art based on a classic illustration from John Gould’s 7 volumes of “Birds of Australia” (1848). This book is filled with illustrations of Australia’s birds by John Gould and several of his artists.
One print of a heron resonated with me. I’ve found copies of the book at several locations online such as The National Library of Australia and the Internet Archive (non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more). I downloaded the image from Biodiversity Heritage Library . I edited the image and increased dpi to 300. The illustration has quite a bit of color in it but I did not filter it out. My image is vibrant and tropical; it looks like Florida to me with a pink sky. I’ll frame it with a vintage frame and hang it by the dining table. I’ll move the current iris canvas art to a living room wall.
If you are interested in the print, it is available for download in 16″ x 20″ and 24″ x 36″.
24″ x 36″ download at Google Docs
16″ x 20″ download at Google Docs
Many of the other versions of this same print that I have seen online are paler. I have filtered out the color for a second version for download for your use. It is sized 24″ x 36″.
Download at Google Docs
As with all my printables, they are for your personal use. Please do not post these images on your own site unless you link back here.
I wanted a coastal wood frame but I didn’t want to buy a new one. I found a wooden 16″ x 20″ frame at a yard sale for $2. It’s an inexpensive frame with a shiny brown stain.
I like the wood tone but wanted an aged distressed look. I read online about aging wood with baking soda and vinegar. That is the best choice for me with my asthma. Chemicals can cause a major attack.
Cover your workspace with plastic. I used a dollar store shower curtain liner. After I was finished, I rolled up the plastic and disposed of it with no mess.
Using Baking Soda & Vinegar to Age/Distress Wood
- Make a paste of baking soda and water.
- Apply heavily on wood.
- Spray with vinegar and let sit at least 10 minutes depending on the wood. The combination leaches the tannin from the wood.
- Rinse with water.
- Let dry.
- Finish as desired with stain etc.
Now several examples I read on aging wood started with a piece of wood not a frame. Please note inexpensive frames can have a problem with the water on the corners. My frame looked like the mitered corners were separating so I did not let the mixture remain long enough to remove all the color. I rinsed and dried the wood but it took over 4 days for the corners to really dry out and they are slightly separating.
Even though I did not remove all the color, I like the aged look to the frame. I can see more wood grain and the shine has been removed. It seems quite appropriate for my coastal bird print.
If you enjoy working with images and editing, I suggest you check out iPiccy.com, a free photo editor with all sorts of tools. There are thousands of prints available online and with the right tools you can personalize them. As for printing, I’ve used Printique for years. They have great sales in the fall and before the holidays; I had my bird printed for a great discount last fall and held it while I waited for the right frame.
I like the look and it wasn’t hard to do with no chemicals that can hurt family members or pets. I have a side table that needs the top refinished. I’m going to try this process again. Until next time, thanks for visiting.
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