Sunday, May 1, 2011

Bedroom Octopus - It's finished and I love it!

Yay! No more big blank wall and I love how it turned out. I "sat" on my graphic a few days before I printed it, which is pretty indicative of how I do projects. I really like to think about some things. I've always got a zillion going on in my head, but this Saturday was the perfect day to complete the Bedroom Octopus.

As as I said earlier, I had already created my image in Illustrator, so I just went up to Kinkos and had them printed. Measured the sizes for my panels and had them cut to size at Home Depot. I planned on using MDF, but my little cheap angle said, "No, get the underlayment, it will work fine and it's even cheaper!" Next time, I'll spend the FEW extra dollars (we are literally talking about like $6 dollars) and get the mdf. I had to trim one of the panels later during the process and it really splintered - part of the reason it is a more distressed version of my inspiration picture.

I wanted my octopus art to have the look as if it's been painted and had texture, so I mixed food coloring and water to get my blue and orange colors and then just painted my printed graphic. Once the graphics were dry, I glued them to my panels and went over them with a clear coat sealant.


  1. Just FYI, be careful with the MDF; I did a three panel picture and one of the panels slightly warped (they are 2x3). It's not the end of the world, but just something to think about. If I do something like that again, I'm going all out for canvases at Holly Lobby, where they're fairly decent in price when they're on sale. Your octopus look GREAT!!!

  2. Very neat! Love your version of the Triptych..., want to feature it on my blog.

    1. Thanks Maya! Really cool to be featured on your blog!

  3. Awesome!!!
    YOu did a fabulous job.
    I wanted to do this several years ago when I first saw it on Thom Filicia's show when he did Giuliana DePandi's condo. I'm so impressed. Great job!
    I'm your newest follower and look forward to lots more of your genius!!!

  4. Incredible job! So well done.. I am your newest follower. Look forward to more! I am @

  5. What did you use to glue them to the panels?

  6. Sorry for the late responses to your comments. Thanks so much compliments. I used good old Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the wood panels.

  7. Hi!! I love this and am off to Michael's right now to get canvases for this project. Do you have any suggestions on how to size it for illustrator? Getting it printed correctly, etc.? That is what I am most worried about. Thanks!!


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