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Monday, March 10, 2014

How To Make A Print Look Like An Oil Painting

I love art and love to have beautiful paintings to look at and decorate with, however finding something on a budget can be a challenge sometimes.  I always look for art at goodwill and thrift stores and I found a piece that I love at goodwill.  With a new frame it looks like a really expensive piece of art.

I am always drawn to pastoral scenes with animals and I adore sheep, so this just grabbed my heart.

When you are out and about, keep an eye out for scenes that you love and then check out how it is printed, painted, framed and etc.  This is what it looked like at goodwill.  The frame is so-so, but the picture looks cheap.  This is a picture printed on poster board and has a brush stroke texture, so having it matted and under glass makes it look like a really cheap print.  (Notice the price of $3.99 and 25% off for senior day makes it $3. )


I chose an elaborate, antique looking frame from Hobby Lobby that was only $14.99 on sale, (plus they always frame your picture for free.)  I had the mat borders removed and no glass, so now the brush stroke texture shows and looks like an oil painting.  


A nice compliment to the rest of my decor and just the right size for this little piece of wall.


It's visible from the breakfast area too. I think the frame ties in well with my more formal living room and my country french familyroom/breakfast area.


A great piece of art for a total of $18.  


So do you look for art that you can change up or switch frames?

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57 comments:

  1. Oh Marty I love this new piece of artwork. You always have the best luck at Goodwill!

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  2. I just did a post about a sheep picture today, also. I love them, and yours is great - I would have jumped on it, also!! Sally

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  3. I love finding art work that works in my home. I haven't had much luck recently, though. The art I'm finding isn't my taste. You lucked up when you found this piece, and the frame is beautiful. Great look!

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  4. You picked a good one, and I love that frame! Such detail.
    Brenda

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  5. That's such a sweet, pastoral scene. It looks really nice framed!

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  6. Marty, that is such a great idea. You found the perfect frame too, really makes a nice statement! Love it!

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  7. I love playing mix and match with prints and frames. I'm drawn to pastoral scenes with sheep too. What a good find!

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  8. It's very seldom that I see art work that I really like...I have a few, tho, that I wouldn't part with. :)
    Your sheep are very pretty....

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  9. It's lovely Marty!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  10. Thanks for tip. Very helpful! What beautiful scenery.

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  11. Hi Marty! The artwork looks beautiful. Love the print and the frame you found is just gorgeous! You're the best.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Wow, Marty, your picture really does look like a real work of art. The frame is a wonderful addition!

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    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-sunday-drive_9.html

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  14. That's such a lovely pastoral scene. Love your frame, everything looks like a real thing! Great job Marty!!
    Hugs form Belgrade,
    Vesna

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  15. Love those sweet sheep. You have such a keen eye for finding wonderful treasures at Goodwill! Jane

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  16. That print looks great, Marty! You really made a difference to how it looks by changing the frame. The one you chose is so pretty, too. It is amazing how different it looked in the before picture.

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  17. I love your pastoral scene, I am drawn to that kind too, although I have none. Maybe I will follow your advice with the gorgeous frame and get one too!
    Have a great week sweetie.
    FABBY

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  18. Marty what a beautiful find. Your Goodwill is awesome you find some of the best treasures. This one is gorgeous.
    Kris

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  19. Your pictures is beautiful!! I always look at the pictures at thrift stores, but never thought of this…great tips! I will be looking at pictures with different eyes now…Thank you for sharing at Share it One More Time at One More Time Events…Tammy

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  20. That looks like a million bucks Marty. Great score at the Goodwill!

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  21. I think you must be the "Goodwill Maven," because I never seem to find such good things; but maybe I just need to go more often & to different one.....hmmm?

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  22. What a genius idea, Marty! Thanks for sharing it with us!!! Love the picture!

    xoxo laurie

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  23. Great idea Marty. It really looks beautiful now and you can't beat the price!!

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  24. What a difference, looks amazing Marty!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  25. Hi Marty,

    I love pastoral scenes, too and when in Canada, I search for little diamonds in the rough, like yours, and then spice it up by either painting the existing frame or buying a stylish, but inexpensive, new one. You have created a new treasure for your home, and it is wonderful that it can be enjoyed from many vantage points. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty!

    Poppy

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  26. I love artwork and your little trick made this 3 dollar find look like it should be a well bid upon piece at an art auction! I love finding art in places like Goodwill and ReStore...you just can't beat the price!!!
    XO Barbara

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  27. Marty, Your new artwork is really pretty! I didn't know Hobby Lobby would frame it free.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  28. Marty, This is truly turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, I love it .

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  29. That's a great idea! I've been known to change things up after I've had a picture for a long time and I want to change it up, but have never tried it with something new. Your picture is very pretty and I love the frame! I think the frame alone makes a big difference.

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  30. It looks beautiful, Marty. xo Laura

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  31. It looks great in the new gold frame, Marty. I have not had luck with art recently but I was fortunate to find a couple of vintage gold frames at yard sales last summer. Looking forward to garage sale season in a few months.

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  32. Beautiful Marty! Love the frame! I'll definitely keep your tips in mind when looking at pictures!~~Angela

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  33. Great tip Marty! My friend and I recently went antiquing and she scored a huge beautiful picture with a very elaborate gold frame too for $72! The frame really does matter! Love your new artwork!

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  34. Marty you have done it again! I can practically hear those precious little sheep baaing in the field. I can't believe how lovely it turned out. Nicely done! :-)

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  35. That's a perfectly beautiful picture, Marty. And the way you changed it, frame and no glass and the stroke effects, really makes it gorgeous!

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  36. Great tip! I like the ornate frame.

    Linking from Mod Mix Monday,
    Ricki Jill

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  37. Marty, that looks fabulous!! I like to snap up framed art even if I know the frame is all I use with something else later. I love ornate gold frames, and my post today is about antiquing some new ones. It's just beautiful!!

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  38. Marty,
    Amazing transformation, dear friend!!!
    Your brush stroke print is elegantly showcase with the change of frame and the removal of the glass!
    Thanks for sharing how to take a thrifty find print to masterpiece quality!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  39. It looks beautiful - and I SO wish we had a Hobby Lobby here in Montreal! They frame for free? That's amazing to me!
    xoxo

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  40. I LOVE your new artwork and the new frame without the matting is gorgeous! It is perfect there. What a great find and what great foresight you had!! Love it.

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  41. Very pretty ! I love that frame !

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  42. Wow Marty- that really made a huge difference! I can't believe the price of that frame- what a deal!

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  43. That turned out beautifully!

    Love your new blog look too.

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  44. Miss Marty...you have such a lovely blog..I enjoy it everyday and thought I should finally tell you! Thank you so much for sharing such great inspiration and ideas!

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  45. Oh my goodness! I HAVE that print too! :) I've had it for a long time..I think that I bought it at a decor store about 20 years ago. Have always loved it! :) It's in a frame that has a combo of gold and wood.

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  46. This looks great and what a perfect wall to put it on...you have so many vantage points to enjoy it.

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  47. It looks beautiful, Marty. You are so clever. laurie

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  48. Great job.Thanks for bringing your creativity to Seasonal Sundays.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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  49. Such a beautiful little pastoral painting. Your frame really made such a difference. Great tip!!!!

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  50. Marty,
    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the print and you framed it so beautifully! Now it's a treasure!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  51. First. The picture is so appealing. I just love it. Second, thank you for the great tips! The photos really brought home what you were saying. What a transformation.

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  52. oh marty, you always have a treasure find from goodwill♥ i love this new artwork, it matches your home decoration...

    huggies♥
    rea

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  53. Beautiful Marty!! Love the scene and love that frame!

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  54. What a great find! I never would have guessed it was a print at first glance!

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