25 Jun

As I’ve mentioned before, you don’t want to spend much money on home decor whilst living abroad in a pre-furnished house. Most of the stuff you buy will just be left behind when you leave. Our house is full of stuff from friends and even a few strangers that once lived in the Land of Sand and have now moved on. You also become accustomed to walking into people’s homes and seeing stuff that once belonged to you, recycled and being used by another family. It is just the way things work in our transient little world and makes good sense.

I found these awful framed pictures in a cheap and nasty store last week. They were in the marked-down bin and it looked like they had been sitting there for a while. The pictures were all scratched and the mounting had finger prints all over them but the frames still looked okay. They cost just about nothing at 10 Saudi Riyals each. So I bought em, loaded them onto the shopping bus and dragged them back home together with sleeping baby, stroller and oversized handbag. No sweat in 45 degree heat! 

After cleaning up the white mounting board with an eraser, I played around with a green marker and a tip-ex/whiteout pen and came up with these little designs. I wanted something simple and fairly neutral. As there is no glass on the front of the pictures, I simply inserted the new homemade art into the front of the frame and voila, dirt cheap art to fill the walls.

Whilst they are certainly not masterpieces, they beat plain cream walls.

And the best part, when we get tired of it and have a change of heart, we can simply rip out the pics and have a change of art!


5 Responses to “DIY Art”

  1. jana June 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    These are gorgeous! Oh, I’m so happy to read your posts!

    I know exactly how it feels in a place that both is and isn’t home. And when the desire of making it beautiful fights with reason and logic, knowing it’s all so fleeing.

    The art you have can’t get any more personal – and the house couldn’t feel more like home if you spent thousands of dollars. It’s truly yours. I love it.

    • dustbusting June 27, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you Jana! You know better than most what it is like to live as we do. It is a very superficial thing, decorating a house but it is important in making it feel like home.

  2. Shane July 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Love your artwork – I would luv artwork by Phillipa from Dustbusting.

    • dustbusting July 7, 2010 at 6:12 am #

      Aunty Shane, it is so simple to do that you could make your own. I have limited skill in the art department but playing around is actually the fun part.


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