Amateur DIY Art
This painting is the most recent addition to our dining room:
I painted it myself!
I’ve always had a thing for “black and white” art. You’ll see a lot of this on my Pinterest boards:
When I saw this awesome wall art below featured in House Beautiful I knew it was perfect for our dining room. BUT each one is over $300, and I would need to purchase two…
So I thought, “HOLD THE PHONE! I can TOTALLY paint that myself!” And a new DIY project was born.
It doesn’t get easier than this DIY.
1) I purchased a piece of painter’s canvas from a local art store, (sort of like this). I measured out a big area (to leave enough room for framing later) and had the guy cut it to size. You can also purchase ready-made-already-stretched canvases like this.
2) I used black paint I had left over from our black lacquered banister. I grabbed any old paint brush.
3) I quickly made loopy loops on the canvas. I just went for it. No fear!
For the frame, I WAS going to just have someone at Home Depot cut some molding for me so I could make a frame and then spray paint it, but then making the frame myself back at home seemed too complicated. I am, after all, a “remedial DIYer”. I needed something simple.
I took my sad floppy canvas to Michael’s, and I just told the guy I wanted a frame. Nothing else.
They were having a major sale on frames. YES! But only on the brown ones, and I wanted a black frame. BOO! Well, I thought, I’ll just buy the cheaper frame and spray paint it black.
(Victor, the guy at Michael’s was so nice he emailed to follow up)
Which is exactly what I did.
I was going to staple gun the canvas to the frame but then worried the frame was too fragile. So I literally used DUCT TAPE AND THUMB TACKS. It doesn’t get more “remedial DIY” than that, people!
Super modern art paired with weathered and traditional furniture. Love!
Why DIY art is a good idea:
1) This looks like a “REAL PAINTING”. This is on a canvas, not some digital print on a piece of paper. There is no glass over this canvas. Authentic and unique.
2) You can customize the size! In my case this was fabulous. I have an awkward space here – the ceiling is low and the teal console is high. I have a super short area to deal with height-wise coupled with an extra wide space.
3) One word – Cheap!
Any successful DIY art in your home? Share any tips, please!
BonnieDecember 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I would BUY your art piece!!! Beautiful!
ChrisDecember 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Really cool, I love this!