We love everything about living in the country.
Well, almost everything. I’m not especially fond of the scorpions that will slowly start making their way into our home this summer. They kind of creep me out. Oh, and the freakishly large centipedes that can be found in the flower beds from time to time. I’m not a fan of them either.
Besides those two creepy-crawlies, we love living in the Texas Hill Country. There’s nothing like it.
The stars shine brighter.
The air smells cleaner.
The deer roam freely.
When I decided to change my winter mantle from this…
…to something a little more spring-like, I couldn’t help but think of the deer, especially right now when the fawns are running all around.
Now, when you have deer right outside your window, the last thing you want them to see is one of their family members hanging on your wall.
So, I came up with an alternative I know they’ll approve of.
How to Create A Deer Silhouette Work of Art…
First, I pulled out the largest antique window I had from my leftover stack of windows. Believe it or not, I still have a few windows lying around from my 25 windows project. After painting 25 windows, I really haven’t been too eager to work on any more. Can you relate?
I cleaned the window up and painted it with several coats of chalkboard paint.
Once it was dried, I searched the internet for a “deer silhouette.”
When I had the one I liked, I uploaded it to Block Posters. This is a great site for making poster-sized images using a regular printer. It asks you how many pages wide you want your poster, and then it prints out your image using that many pages. Once you have them all printed out, you line up the images and tape them together to form your poster-sized image. Like this..
From there, I used the side of a piece of chalk to shade the entire back of the image.
Next, I flipped it back over and traced around the deer silhouette. Once it was removed, it left the image behind.
I then traced over the chalk line with a white paint pen.
Finally, I painted the entire inside with Annie Sloan’s Old White.
I removed the white blanket from the frame that was on the winter mantel, and added burlap to the back. I created curtains inside the frame so they would lay just outside the window.
I LOVE it!! I’m pretty sure the deer would approve… what do you think?