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Lara Neel | The Journal Gazette
Pictures of European landmarks became wall art.

Making wall art is simple

I have lived in my current location for more than 10 years.

During that time, I have had the same items hanging on the walls.

In late December or early January, I decided that had to change.

However, I didn’t want to go out and spend a ton of money, particularly because I was looking to replace six different pieces.

So, off to the craft store I went. My intent was to browse and seek inspiration. Within the scrapbook and artist canvas sections of the store, I found my inspiration. By the end of that day, I had six new pieces of art hanging in my apartment.

Here’s how you can make simple, quick and fairly inexpensive “art” to hang on your walls.

What you need:

Artist’s canvas size of your choice (I used 8-by-10)

Scrapbook paper of your choosing (I found a world travel scrapbook pack)

Spray adhesive

What you do:

Find, within your scrapbook page, a design you like. In the paper I chose, there were several European landmarks to choose from.

I chose the Colosseum in Rome and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Place the canvas over the image how you would like it to appear and cut off excess paper (unless, of course, you are using 12-by-12 canvas, then the paper will fit exactly).

Spray the canvas with the adhesive and then adhere the paper to the canvas. Instantly, you have a new piece of artwork to hang.

I realize this seems a bit lazy, but my original goal (to paint geometric patterns on the canvas) didn’t work out as I had hoped it would.

But, if you’re more artistically inclined than I, you could always buy acrylic paints instead of scrapbook paper and paint your own artwork.

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Joyce McCartney is not a craft expert. She is, however, interested in crafting of all types. She shares her experiences and those of area crafters. To reach her, call 461-8364 or e-mail Also, visit her blog at There, you will also find the weekly knitting podcast Math4Knitters.