I need your advice and help with this canvas wall art, please.

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I bought these at Goodwill, because, well, I don't really know why. I saw potential but I'm not sure what. I envisioned a fresco effect, or a stencil, or something. (Fresco? What was I thinking? I have no idea how to do that.) I just know it's not my style as it is. Any ideas or thoughts? Thanks!
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  • LaFawne LaFawne on Sep 04, 2014
    Love the scroll on top! I would have bought them too. you could always decoupage them- or just paint a sold background and then stencil them. you can use grout material on the stencil to create a textured look. just look at them for a while- they will let you know what they want to be :)

    • Michele Eures Michele Eures on Sep 04, 2014
      @LaFawne Thank you! Yes, that's why I posted my question here. I knew there would be great ideas. I never knew about the grout material for texture. Awesome!

  • Christine Christine on Sep 04, 2014
    I don't know if it's written on there but can you tell me who the artist is, please? I really like these pictures. BTW, I love @LaFawne idea of adding texture to it!

  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Sep 04, 2014
    I like them as well, I would consider aging them a bit, for some charm but something about them called to you.. look at them a while and it will happen.

    • Michele Eures Michele Eures on Sep 05, 2014
      @Lee Cunningham Green That's what I'm doing. They're just sitting there and I'm sure something will inspire me eventually. Thanks!

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Sep 06, 2014
    Keep in mind that you do not have to use these as a grouping. Just look at them a while, then look around to see where they might fit. That longer one might work just above your table in the kitchen while the other 2 might be perfect hanging one below the other beside a beautiful mirror in the Dining room...or one on each side below a sconce with a candle. Or they might just brighten up an area down a short hallway to the back door or laundry room! You just never know. Or place them all separately and you have a theme going!

    • Michele Eures Michele Eures on Sep 11, 2014
      @Jeanette S Great idea, Jeanette! I never thought to use them separately. Thanks!

  • SharonSchmutz SharonSchmutz on Sep 06, 2014
    To get a sort of 'fresco' effect, you can take them off their wooden frames (trim up the edges as you like), and then wallpaper paste them directly to a wall. Then, if they're still too "bright" sort of texturize them with a light top coat of some acrylic texture medium.

  • Cheryl Whitehead Cheryl Whitehead on Sep 06, 2014
    I can see why you bought them, love the photo's. If they were mine.. I would paint over the frames & decoupage vintage recipes on the frames (placing them haphazardly, you don't have to have the whole recipe showing) afterwards applying a stain varnish over the frames and photos.

  • Denise A. Maloney Denise A. Maloney on Sep 07, 2014
    @Michele Eures ...I am in love with them just the way they are...I would love to buy them from you if you are not going to do anything with them....please let me know....djst4@aol.com....Denise Maloney.......

  • Bron Bron on Nov 04, 2015
    I think they may take on a new look by painting around the pictures in a darker color like black or navy blue. If you don't want to take the risk in case you don't like the results you could get a large sheet of black or navy paper and cut it to the size of one of the smaller pictures. Then measure the size of the actual picture and cut out the same size hole in the middle of the paper and blue tac it to the picture. Stand back and see what it looks like before deciding if you would like it painted. (sort of like a test run). I think the pictures are lovely but the surrounding pattern is dated and spoils the look. If you do decide to paint the surrounds just put a strip of around the 4 edges of the actual picture so the paint won't bleed onto the picture. Wait until the paint is completely dry before removing the tape. you will find the frame painted a darker color will make the actual pictures stand out more.

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    • Bron Bron on Nov 16, 2015
      Would love to see the results :)