Tiny Art

I pretty much hit jackpot. Not only did I pick the swellest guy on the planet to snag as my own, he came with a swell family. One of my favorite inherited in-law traditions is the Christmas stocking stuffer gift exchange.

Here’s da rules:

  • Don’t spend more than $2 per person.
  • Buy something for everyone.
  • Wrap them haphazardly (which took training… I really wanted to put everything in nice neat boxes with decorative bows).
  • Jam them in the appropriate stockings when no one is looking.

Then on Christmas morning we take turns opening our two-dollar treasures, and trying to guess who they’re from.

Well, this one was easy. Last Christmas the aforementioned super-swell husband gave me the world’s tiniest canvases, and I knew right away they were from him. Okay, actually, I can’t remember if I guessed him right away. I may have guessed my sister-in-law. But the canvases were from my husband because he’s swell. They’re so tiny, I just want to pinch them and hug them and love them and keep them forever. So cute! Now what the heck do you do with two-inch canvases?

I saw this design on the tag of a shirt and thought it would make perfect tiny art. So during a painting date with my painting buddy, Naomi, I daintily brushed on the flowers.

Then I created a background to pull them all together by wrapping fabric around cardboard from a box of Honey Bunches of Oats (Love that stuff. With almonds.).

Then I just hot-glued the little suckers straight to the background.

I used plain straight pins to tack the whole thing to the wall above our trusty key hooks (using my trusty girl-hammer).

Something sweet and small like this would also be great above a light switch, but since that’s my new favorite place to hang things, I’ve pretty much used up all that real estate around here.

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17 Comments

  1. emily says:

    LOVE what you did here! Where can I buy me some Mini Art by Amy?

  2. Alissa says:

    Where do you find 2″ canvases!?!?! I too want to love ‘em and squeeze ‘em and keep ‘em forever! You made excellent work of them. And of course I’m a bit smitten ‘cuz you used my fav color… :-)

  3. Sara says:

    I love that fabric! Where is it from?

    • Amy says:

      Isn’t it great? Unfortunately, I bought it at a random country quilt shop somewhere in rural Oklahoma, and it’s discontinued. But I found some here on Etsy. It’s by textile genius Joel Dewberry. You’ll love everything of his!

  4. sarah says:

    I think David was the beneficiary of my tiny-art-contribution to the stocking stuffers this year. Behold, artist trading cards: http://tiny.cc/pcrq1

  5. Laura says:

    Amazing! Sabrina and I are always blown away by your posts. I love this tiny art of yours!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks, Laura! I actually had it on the wall for a couple weeks sans the touch of red paint or the fabric background. It was boring. But now… the tiny art’s a hit! :)

  6. naomi says:

    turned out great!

  7. Marjorie says:

    red does make everything better! =) that is such a fun design and idea… can’t believe it came from a tshirt tag?! i’ve gotta train myself to keep my eyes open like that…

  8. JoAnn says:

    I’m lovin’ your blog. Want to come watch my kids so I can work on this laundry list of projects I have going since finding your online space?? :) Oh and we used the lattice space saver idea…it turned out great, I just have to get pictures and post it on my blog.

    • Amy says:

      Mmm… I hear the kid time/craft time can be a real dilemma! I’m sure I’ll find out one day.:) I’ll look forward to your lattice pics.

  9. Doug says:

    Very cool, loving it!

  10. Amy, this is brilliliant! Of course I really wouldn’t expect anything less from you at this point!
    Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again soon! xoxoxo

    • Amy says:

      Sara, you’re going to give me a big head.:) Hope I can keep the ideas coming… the pressure’s on to impress now!