Although my new space isn't quite ready to share, I thought I'd give you guys a little DIY today. Long story short, there are walls in my apartment that are begging for some large-scale art/prints. Problem is, I either haven't found anything I love or I have & it's been ridiculously expensive and not quite worth it.
I got so frustrated this weekend that I hopped in my car and drove straight to Michaels. And made my own damn art.
So, in case you want to follow my lead, here's how. You need:
1 large canvas (mine is 48x36 and was 1/2 off at Michaels!)
Acrylic paint of your choice
I did a little googling before I began so I knew that I wanted to pick up this stuff called gesso, which basically adds some rad texture to your art and covers up the canvas-y texture underneath.
I painted the gesso over the canvas using cardboard instead of a paintbrush to give it a cool effect, then I let it dry overnight. The result, above, was a random, rake-like brush effect.
After some Pinterest-surfing (aka 80% of my life), I decided how I generally wanted to lay out my strokes. Then I just grabbed my black paint and went for it.
I'm really happy with the results. I ended up with the perfect sized piece to go in my living room. Can't wait to unveil the entire apartment soon!
About that frame...
Why not just DIY that too, right? That's what I thought. So I bought four 1/2" pieces of wood at Home Depot, had them cut to fit (2 x 49", 2 x 36"), and spray painted them gold. From there, I just used corner braces (not pictured) to assemble the frame, and the painting fit right into it. I pretty much followed this tutorial step-by-step.
Have you ever DIY'd your own art? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me a photo @maevestier!