Bohemian Nursey Art

by | Aug 14, 2022

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Finished nursery art sign
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Well, this Bohemian Nursery Art was a fun little project!

I created a custom name sign for my client’s soon-to-be baby girl: Josie!  

The original sign is one that I purchased from Hobby Lobby on clearance for $13.  

I painted it the FIRST time for a little boy’s birthday party and you can see that here.

I am now able to paint it AGAIN for a little girl’s nursery!  

Now, that’s what I call a great deal for $13!!!

Watch the FULL process in this week’s YouTube video!

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Now let’s dive into how I created this sign revamp!

Creating a Custom Color

My client provided me with inspiration photos for the color green, the color of yarn she wanted as well as the pattern she wanted to be painted into the background.  She even requested the pom-pom dots over both the i and the j.  So I didn’t have to think much about this project. I just needed to bring her vision to life!

Dixie Belle offers a Color Lab to create custom colors. Have you tried it?  You can find it here.

Dixie Belle's Color Lab tool on the website
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I followed the prompts to upload my photo that had the green that my client wanted, and the Color Lab told me exactly what colors, and how much of each, to mix together; just like a recipe!  

It even gives you the option to choose which paint line you are using: Silk or Chalk MIneral.

Obviously, I chose Silk!

With the recommendation from Color Lab, I mixed 70% Umber with 30% Cactus for this gorgeous earthy green and painted two coats as the base. 

Painting over Need For Speed Sign to create Bohemian Nursery Art sign for a girl
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Painting the edge of the sign for the Bohemian Nursery Art sign
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Then I hand-drew with a chalk pencil the leafy and flower design; only the outlines, not the inside squiggly lines.  

Chalk pencil drawing of design onto Bohemian Nursery Art sign
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It is important to set your chalk lines with a fixative spray if you plan to use a paint pen over the chalk line, or the chalk will clog up your paint pen.  

So I sprayed a single and very light coat of paint fixative.

Krylon Paint Fixture Spray used to seal Bohemian Nursery Art
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Then, using a white paint pen, I traced my outlines and filled in all leaves and flowers with the squiggly lines that my client had asked for.

Using a white marker to trace over chalk pencil sketching on nursery art
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Using white marker to add more details to sketch
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Now for the best part: adding the name!

Using a piece of chalk, I drew the baby’s name, “Josie” in script.

Sketching name for custom nursery art
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I chose the soft pink (and also soft to touch – not that it matters) large yarn for her name.

I used a glue gun to create a bead of hot glue a section at a time over the chalk name, and then pressed the yarn into the hot glue!

Applying hot glue to sign for yarn to adhere to
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Sticking yarn to hot glue for name design on Bohemian Nursery Art
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Done! And It looks so cute already, but It’s pom-pom ball time!

It’s been a hot minute since I made these yarn balls, but this was fun!  

Pom pom attached to nursery art sign
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Close up of pompom on nursery art
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Using a cardboard circle technique, I created these fun multi-colored pom-poms to top the I and J of her name!

It was such a cute idea. Thank you, momma Matti! I like the way you think!  

And just like that, this Hobby Lobby sign recreation 2.0 is done!

I cannot WAIT to see this in baby Josie’s room!  

Showcasing completed nursery art
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Oh, did I mention I did the feature wall AND the baby sign for baby Josie’s older sister a few years ago??

You can see that here!

If you liked this project, check out this Wooden Heart Sign

Girl's nursery sign made of wood and shaped like a heart
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