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Gay Paris | Vacation inspired art!

One of my more memorable vacations was our amazing trip to Paris when our daughter was just six months old. She was young enough to nap a lot and when she was awake she happily played with her toys in the stroller. The best part? Parents with young children get to skip the line at museums! When we got back I was inspired enough to create two pieces for her room from our trip using just a couple of Ikea frames, a few sheets of scrap book paper and some acrylic paint!

By: JanetCalla_Paris

Total Time Required: 4 hours

Materials and Tools Required: 

– 2 Frames, Ikea Ribba, extra deep frame $19.99, 19.75″ x 19.75″

– 3 pieces of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper, Michaels, $.99

-glue stick


– pencil

-acrylic paint

-paint brush (fairly small)


First, I looked at the internet for some inspiration and I found some styles of illustration I really liked as well as some very interesting “scrapbook” type art (shown below).

I sketched out a few ideas and then I made a trip to Michaels to source some paper. I chose fairly neutral backgrounds. I then painted, in white, scenes of the Seine river on one and some French architecture on the other. I drew in pencil the areas I wanted to paint the people. I’m not an illustrator so my illustrations did not really have detailed hands…or heads for that matter! I painted Calla’s face and all hands, legs and shoes, adding a bit of shading with a slightly darker tone on my second coat. I then cut out the clothing from my chosen scrap book paper and glued them on using a glue stick. The frames I bought from Ikea were great because they are so deep you can see the texture of the paint and cut paper through them. The matte that comes with the frames also holds perfectly a 12″ x 12″ piece of scrap book paper.CallaArt6CallaArt1

Here are some illustrators and inspiration I

Katy Dockrill @ katydockrill.comLilaRogers.comHelen Dardik @


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