I have completed my first DIY art project for our new place. We’ve been in this house now for about 2 months and there is hardly anything on the walls!! It’s driving me crazy. We decided to change the look of our decor from our last place. We went from Southern/Kirkland/Mission theme to a Contemporary/Colorful/Modern look. I have to change things in our home. I get so sick of the same colors and wall art. It’s in my blood. The most difficult thing about that is finding the money to make a change! That’s why this spring we’ve had a purging party. We did 2 yard sales and sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist to make a few bones for the home decor pot.
DIY projects can be so inexpensive. First, here is a list of what you’ll need. You can buy all these supplies at Michael’s or your local art/craft store.
- Canvas (you can find them 40 or 50 percent off at Michaels or bring in a coupon. They also have a Michael’s iphone app now for scanning coupons at check out. I bought two 24″ x 36″ size for about 20 bucks each because they were half off.)
- Acrylic Paint (around 1 to 2 dollars per bottle)
- Brushes of varying sizes (1/2 inch wide up to 2 inches wide, you can get a pack of 3 decent ones for around 8 or 10 bucks)
- Scrapbook paper of varying colors/prints (anywhere from .40 to 1.50 each)
- Mod Podge (This serves as your glue and your top coat. I used matte finish, I think it was like 6 dollars for a 16 oz bottle)
To get started, you’ll need to paint your canvas. I used purple and yellow because those are the secondary and tertiary colors in my living room. Hint: In a room you want to have approximately these proportions of color:
- 60-70% main color
- 20-40% secondary color
- 10-15% tertiary color
For my living room, these are green, yellow, and a plum-ish purple.
Here are the paints. These are 2 oz bottles and I used almost a whole bottle per canvas. You want to be sure you have good coverage and no white is showing through. I also did a sort of textured finish with my top coat. Sort of a purposeful sloppiness 🙂
My little apprentice.From this angle you can see the texture a bit. I just did it with my brush full of paint and sort of slapped it on there in swirly motions.
I always have a few small canvases around to test colors/textures and clear coats. I use them over and over. Here, I used a piece of the scrapbook paper as a test to see how the Mod Podge would do since I had never done this before. I glued it to the canvas with the Mod Podge and then coated it on top to make sure it would dry clear. It did! Also wanted to make sure after I sealed it that it wouldn’t peal up. Next, choose which colors and patterns you want to use for your design. After your canvas has had time to completely dry, cut and arrange the scrapbook paper on your canvas just the way you want it. Be patient and try different things, because once you apply the Mod Podge, you’re committed.When you have the arrangement complete, its time to begin glueing them to the canvas. I would recommend glueing one or two shapes at a time, because if you clear all of them off you may forget the way you had arranged them! The other option is to take a picture and use that image to guide your placement while glueing. Put some Mod Podge on a paper plate or other disposable surface and start by glueing one end or side of your flower stem. Put the Mod Podge first on the canvas, not on the back of the paper. Its ok if you spread it out too far because remember, it will dry clear.
*The danger here is that you may end up with bubbles if you aren’t careful. Scrapbook paper comes in regular paper weight which is super thin and then a “not quite cardstock but thicker than paper” weight. A little thicker is better because it won’t bubble as easy. Have you ever seen someone’s car who tried to tint their own windows and it looks like the glass has boils? Not good. You don’t want that to happen so use your finger or a flat edge to gradually stick it down from one end to the other. Circles have to be done differently but we’ll get to that in minute and I’ll show a picture of that too . . . Cover the stems with a thin coat of Mod Podge.Next, the bigger shapes. I’ve got all circles of varying sizes, and one square. Do it the same way as the stems, applying the Mod Podge to the canvas first. What’s different here though is that you want to cover the entire area at one time and then place the circle on top. Use your finger(s) to start in the center and work your way out with a circular motion. Press it down going all the way to the edges to avoid bubbles.Lastly, after the designs have been glued to the canvas and have had 15-20 minutes to dry, cover your entire canvas with the Mod Podge. It will look very cloudy and messy but don’t freak out! It dries clear! This stuff is amazing.There you have it. A pair of paintings that can add color and creativity to any space. And the best part is you have total control over what picture you create, what colors you use, how busy or tame you want it to be. Here is what I did with my finished product: