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Abstract Black & White Art

from West Elm
from West Elm
I've always loved large black and white abstract paintings. I've been collecting screenshots and pinning different images of black and white abstract art from the Internet. Here are some of my picks. Forgive me for not citing sources. I wasn't even sure why I was collecting these images until I realized I wanted to try my hand at painting one for myself.
from West Elm
from West Elm
             
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Source Unknown
B&W
Source Unknown
Painting supplies
Supplies
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Beaded Trim

My Talented Friend, Bridget
My Talented Friend, Bridget
My friend, Bridget, is so clever. She is a one-of-a-kind, a IMG_5547skilled Jill of all trades. She's the one you want during the zombie apocalypse. She's a skilled outdoorswoman, a competent motorcyclist, a mean zydeco dancer (see picture at left), a dog whisperer and an unpretentious cook. She's got a hardy laugh and a heart as deep as the Grand Canyon. She's a humanitarian and works as a nurse to earn her keep. She was my college roommate at the University of Minnesota in the 80s, and she's also one of my dearest friends. Recently I spent a few days with Bridget at her VT abode. We entertained ourselves in the day by mountain biking and hiking, and she taught me how to add beaded embellishments to my jacket at night.
Pocket with Beaded Trim
Pocket with Beaded Trim
When I last saw her, I was impressed with what I thought was the Carhartt brand adding a little feminine twist to their rugged, utilitarian clothing line.
Carhartt Jacket Bead-Dazzled
Carhartt Jacket Bead-Dazzled
            I should have known better. It was Bridget's own hand who added the beaded trim to her jacket. Being the consummate DIY-er, I told her she needed to show me how to spiff up my outdoor gear.
Beading Tools
Beading Tools
Here are the tools you need:
  • a beading needle
  • beading thread
  • different colored beads
  • a scissors
  • a small pliers (optional)
  • good lighting
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Classic Mini Cooper DIY

www.creativewhimzy.com
www.creativewhimzy.com
So who knew you could buy gigantic stickers for your car?! Guys, of course! Today's DIY involves my car, but not just any car, my 1992 Classic British Racing Green Mini Cooper. (My husband suggested I write "classic" so as to distinguish it from the current BMW Mini Cooper.) For the record, I should clarify that I am NOT a car person, but I married someone who restores old Porsches (think 356s), Land Rovers, and more as a hobby, so by default, I drive cool cars. When I first met my husband, I was a thirtysomething, living in NYC, and had NEVER owned a car in the U.S. (I did own a car in Japan, but that's another story.) My husband was living in Rhode Island, and while we were courting, he asked me, nonchalantly, what kind of cars I liked. At this point, I had no idea the extent of his interest in cars.  Hmm, growing up I vaguely remember a VW Beetle, a Gremlin, a Dodge Omni... Obviously, I did NOT come from car people,  although the 'ole Beetle was and is still hip. However, after living in the UK for a semester freshman year of college (1984), I had fallen in love with the Mini Cooper. I told him I also liked the E Type Jaguar (from my favorite movie, "Harold and Maude"). I guess I must have passed the test, because he later asked me to marry him —probably based on my car choices or maybe it was the inadvertent James Dean 550 Spyder postcard I sent him. (I'm not kidding.)
James Dean in a 550 Spyder
James Dean in a 550 Spyder
My Mini Cooper Model Collection
My Mini Cooper Model Collection
Over the sixteen years that we've been together, I've acquired a few Mini Cooper model cars from my husband, but then two years ago he surprised me with the real deal for Christmas. I was flabbergasted, of course. I mean, who gets a car for a present?! Flash forward to today's DIY.  We decided to wrap my roof with the Union Jack, i.e., put a gigantic British flag sticker on top.
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www.creativewhimzy.com
First, my husband had to tape together the various parts of the flag. Then we had to measure the sticker's placement on the roof. It helps when your husband is a perfectionist, because this took some time. Then slowly we (okay, he) peeled a section of the sticker off at a time, using a small roller and a straight edge to smooth out the bubbles.
www.creativewhimzy.com
www.creativewhimzy.com
www.creativewhimzy.com
www.creativewhimzy.com
www.creativewhimzy.com
www.creativewhimzy.com
The whole process took about three hours, but the end result is, even to a non-car person, pretty cool. If you google "vinyl car wraps", you'll find options for your own car.

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. Continue reading DIY Big Art