12/06/2010

Practicing Kitschcraft:Bad Romance

So I was on the phone last week, making fun of a science fiction novel that a high school classmate recently published. Soon talk turned to bad writing in general and the ever horrible romance novel. Their single redeeming quality though...the so-bad-it's-just-good cover art. Scenes of shirtless, bearded men and silk slip clad women, swooning in front of a fireplace...you know, the kind of barf that comes up in your throat and admittedly tastes kind of good.

I want to celebrate that! Repeating something over and over, somehow makes you eventually like it, like that one hit wonder that never goes away, and I thought of all those torrid-horrid covers lining my mothers bookshelf and finally found a way to get rid of (unfortunately only some of) them.

DIY Romance Novel Wall Art:

Step 1: You'll need a wall mount (I chose the glass front, frameless, clip style type) Mod Podge, a paint brush and a bunch of romance novels.


Step 2: Enjoy tearing all that bad writing up! But save the covers.


Step 3: Mod Podge the heck out of all those pages. Use straight edges to cover the border, going from whole pages to layering smaller strips.


Step 4: Arrange a balanced number of romance novel covers while the Mod Podge is still wet. Make sure there is a variety of embarrassing scenes and titles to enjoy!


Step 5: Let everything dry. Frame it. Hang it. Love it.

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