DIY Big Art

I decided to repost this as I just read Erin Gates' recent DIY Art - Elements of Style blog post. She gives concrete ideas for creating your own DIY art that looks much more sophisticated than what I've created. I also think when you frame your artwork it takes it up a notch. After a recent (2 years ago) major master bathroom remodel, we still had this blank space that was calling for some artwork. After perusing all my usual haunts so as not to spend a fortune (HomeGoods, Target, Salvation Army, and my cluttered basement), I finally realized that I had seen the perfect piece on Pinterest. Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 10.54.03 AM So I decided to try to copy it. I mean, really, how hard could it be? It turned out to be even easier than I had anticipated. I bought my supplies from A.C. Moore, although after talking to an art teacher at school, she said I could have gotten cheaper supplies from the New England Ocean State Job Lot stores. I used a 24" X 36" canvas. I put blue painters' tape around the border. Then, with the largest brush, I painted Premiere Acrylic Colors paint in Sand on the canvas. I let it dry overnight. Then I took Liquitex Basics Acrylic paint in Mars Black and painted the flowers. IMG_1433 This project took only two days and approximately two and a half hours to make. Although there are aspects that I would improve upon, overall, I’m happy with the end result. IMG_1434 BTW, I was first inspired after seeing Erin Gates’ black and white DIY art mentioned on her blog and in her book, Elements of Style. I would love your comments/suggestions/advice on DIY art.

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