As part of my new wall art and decor collection entitled Blitz, I thought I'd include a do-it-yourself tutorial and shopping list for my pipe goal post.
Print yourself off a shopping list and head to the hardware store. While I show it in black pipe, you can also hunt down galvanized and copper plated, if you prefer a different look. Download below.
I painted my first scoreboard back in 2004. It was picked up by Pottery Barn Kids shortly there after, as the first they ever offered. Since then, with the launch of Etsy in 2005 and Pinterest in 2010, the idea has been uh-hum copied, re-copied, butchered and even bettered. So every once in awhile I like to bust out a new one, just to stir up the mix and see what comes about. Instead of one, this year I decided to launch several.
If you would like to see all of my scoreboards you can see them HERE.
You know how you can end up going down the Google rabbit hole? Well, I was doing research for client and somehow ended up looking at old abandoned buildings. One struck me, it was a Eastern European stadium. It was an old Olympic training site. Since its closure graffiti artists have taken up residence to cover the concrete with their art. The loose illustrative style and the bold images in monochrome inspired me. Announcing the Rough Game Series a collection of sports imagery layered upon chalky white, rendered in black, white and shades of gray.
The 13 image collection offers baseball, basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and golf as subjects as well as a multi sport scoreboard, a trophy piece and some motivational posters. Presented in framed, poster and canvas options, they would make great statements in a gallery wall type presentation or showcased as individual nods to a sport. To round out the collection, I've also included some studio made decor such as the personalized acrylic name plaque and the black canvas pillow.
Riffing off of the art collection, I've created a fabric series as well. It is available from my Spoonflower.com fabric shop. With their array of fabric choices, the patterns would be a great coordinate to the art as bedding and pillows.
I hope you enjoy the collection. Your interest in my art is appreciated and so are all the likes, shares, pins and comments!
Rough Game Sports CollectionTHe Rough Game Sports collection
I'm always on the hunt for new bedding styles and designs for my customers and I often get asked what bedding works with my sports wall art lines. So here are my picks for new and tried and true pieces from my favorite haunts. I rarely use themed bedding with sports graphics on it, for me it's usually too expected and often tacky. In contrast I applaud my friends over at Land of Nod have done a great job of offering up some very simple understated pieces, I've included below. The top picks include bedding from Restoration Hardware Teen, PBteen, Ralph Lauren via Nieman Marcus, Rejuvenation Hardware and Schoolhouse Electric.
Having worked with several large retailers on the development and coordination
Okay Lax lovers, here we go... I proudly present my lacrosse wall art series collage. Available as a one piece, nine image design or you can pick and choose any of the nine as individual prints in canvas and on archival paper.
According to Thomas Vennum Jr., author of American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War "Apart from its recreational function, lacrosse traditionally played a more serious role in Indian culture. Its origins are rooted in legend, and the game continues to be used for curative purposes and surrounded with ceremony. Game equipment and players are still ritually prepared by conjurers, and team selection and victory are often considered supernaturally controlled. In the past, lacrosse also served to vent aggression, and territorial disputes between tribes were sometimes settled with a game, although not always amicably."
With it's rich history and evolution into one of the fastest growing sports here in the States, it's time to be wall proud and art up! I hope you enjoy them, I'd love to hear your feedback.
Need some inspiration for your lax loving walls? Here are three style mood boards to give you ideas and inspire. Feel free to pin, post and print!
Reproducing and selling my own artwork direct and no longer licensing it out was the greatest of decisions. One of the biggest rewards is the direct communication line to my customers. Never before have I had so many ways to meet and discuss my art with those who enjoy it. Within these live, phone, email and social media interactions I've heard a lot of feedback, requests and ideas that inspire.
Here's what I currently offer
I've been painting sports art for 15 years. While many pieces are in private collections or are commissions, I enjoy selling my canvas and paper reproductions to the public. I've touched on many of the popular sports and decor themes. Some are more vintage some are more modern. Many of my sports wall hangings end up in boys rooms, teen spaces and areas of the home where sports fans gather. Given all of that, have you any requests? Do you have a particular decor style or color scheme you'd like to see? I'm painting now for my 2018 releases, I'd enjoy hearing from you.
Soccer Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Football Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Baseball Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Rugby Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Cricket Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Home Visitor Arrows Sports Wall Art Decor for Baseball Football Soccer Basketball
$20.00 - $249.00
Rough Game Scoreboard Sports Wall Art by Aaron Christensen
$30.00 - $179.00
Rough Game Allstar Sports Wall Art
$20.00 - $249.00
Sports Wall Art - Rough Game Sports Motivational Poster Prints by Aaron Christensen
$7.00 - $15.00
Home Visitor Sports Pillow
$32.00 - $39.00
My Home Visitor pillow cover is available made from 68% cotton, and 32% linen natural fiber (shown) or 100% Polyester Velveteen.
It is from my Sandlot series which can be found here.
Coordinating fabrics are available in my Spoonflower shop:
The image is also available as a stretched canvas or paper print.
Available in sizes 18 x 18 and 22 x 22".
We use YKK zipper enclosures. The pillows backside is a coordinating neutral.
Launder inside out, tumble dry on low. Iron inside out using your irons polyester setting.
Price is for enclosure/case only.
Sports Art - See the Win Prints and Canvas Wall Art Decor
$25.00 - $189.00
Lacrosse Art - Line Up Collection
$30.00 - $169.00
Here's a DIY I created for sports enthusiasts. It's perfect for a boy's room or a man cave. Whether it hosts your favorite teams game schedule, a fan showing of school colors or a personalized homage to your son's player number, my easy to create jersey chalkboard is a great addition to any sports bedroom. It can be customized to support your favorite sport and team colors. This project includes a recipe to create your own customized chalkboard paint. Combine this unique piece with my vintage sports art and you're set to reign as a champion sports room designer.
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- 24 inch x 24 inch 1/2 MDF Board
- 2 cups of flat finish or matte latex paint in your choice of color
- Additional latex or craft paint for decorative stripes and accents
- 4 tablespoons of un-sanded tile grout
- 8 oz. of Dark Brown craft paint
- Mixing Container
- Disposable small roller/tray kit
- Paint brush
- Masking tape
- Optional spray adhesive
- One 80 or rough grit sanding sponge or sheet paper
- One 150 or fine grit sanding sponge or sheet paper
- Sawtooth hanger or picture frame hanging wire kit
- Jig Saw with Smooth finish blade
- Protective Goggles
This craft requires the use of power tools. Please read and observe the safety instructions provided with your tool. Always wear safety gear.
1. Determine your color palette and accent designs for the jersey. Remember that chalk is only available in lighter colors so your jersey should be a darker color. The jersey can be tailored to your favorite sport by changing the accents, stripes or details. Utilizing stencils you could also add text or numbers.
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I've been working on some new mood boards for boy's rooms and keep coming across terrific DIY's and uses for old baseballs. Then it dawned on my... I should share them! So, here are 11 great ways to use baseballs for home decor and 1 accessory I thought was clever for you moms to check out.
I've worked hard to find the original sources for these DIY's. Please, if you share or Pin them always link back so the original source can be found. If you want creatives to share their ideas in the future, then please honor and reward them with the original source link. I've also watermarked the images with the sources so they don't get stripped by the pinning sites.
#1- BASEBALL BOOKENDS
Amanda over at Kaleidoscope of Colors grew up with great baseball memories. Here she busts out the power tools to create these terrific bookends. They're simple and perfect.
#2- RECLAIMED PALETTE BASEBALL FLAG
Heralded as a Fourth of July project, Courtney from Sweet C designs has a DIY that's perfect, at least I think so, for a boy's room, nursery or man cave. It will have you rubber necking while you drive, looking for palettes to transform.
#3- SHADOW BOX BASEBALL FLAG
The age old tool brand Craftsman is offering a how to video that will walk you through the steps to create this timeless treasure. For a kids room friendly variation I'd suggest painting the bats. Imagine them in a grey toned color scheme or the classics red and white.
#4- BASEBALL LAMP BASE
Kirsten dons her gloves and hopefully protective eyewear to drill some baseballs turning an inexpensive lamp into a custom home run. She blogs over at Paint Speckled Paw Prints.
Welcome to my Embellishments Journal, it's a new feature. I will be posting about some of our projects, sharing pictures and interesting things. Chime in, ask questions and keep your arms and hands inside the ride until it comes to a complete stop. -Aaron
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