{Art Fix} Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

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This week has been a fun one, alternating between working on art projects and working on furniture, I am blessed that I get to spend my time doing such a variety of creative projects. I am happy to have this place and a myriad of artistic pursuits to keep me fulfilled, including this one which has given me the most joy this week! I am so excited to share the tutorial on how to make this Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture as the next installment in my Art Fix Series. I have had this in my head for months now and it is so exciting to finally see it come to fruition. It actually turned out better than I expected and I plan to find a permanent place for it my home.

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Supplies:

  • Acrylic Paints (I used 10 different colours – one for each dowel)
  • Paint Brush
  • Masking Tape
  • Dowel
  • Wire
  • Metal Tube
  • Spray Paint (I ended up using white spray paint)
  • Wire Cutters
  • Drop Saw (not shown)
  • Drill & Drill Bits (not shown)
  • Hacksaw (not shown)

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

The hardest part of creating this art is the first step: cutting your dowel on a 45 degree angle. As the dowels are round I taped two together to create a flat surface to cut with (kinda flat – definitely easier to handle as they can’t role this way). My longest dowel I cut at 500mm (around 20 inches – but you can make it any length), this is your starting point and determines the length of all the other dowels. I cut one dowel then flipped it over and cut the other one it was attached to (and by “I”, I mean my hubby did while I took photos and told him what to do! Seriously, Drop Saws freak me out! I am convinced I will cut off a limb). You will now have two cut to a point, these are your center dowels.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

You will now need to cut the remaining dowels in pairs but slightly shorter than the last so you make a “V” with the points of the dowels.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

While I had mine still taped together I measured 1/4 inch from the top and drilled a hole big enough to accommodate the wire. You will need to do this for all the dowels and make sure you keep everything lined up as you do this.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Once you have all your cuts made and holes drilled comes the fun part! To get the dipped look you need to tape off the lowers parts of the dowel. Now don’t over think this, art isn’t meant to be over thought. Just keep it random. Besides having an overall idea of what I kinda want my pieces of art to look like I mostly wing it, which is what I did here, I just made sure I had more of the colours I like and varied my heights.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Next you will need to cut your metal tube to the right length, to get this length measure the tops of all your dowels lined up together. Cut the metal tube at this length with a Hacksaw.

The wire also needs to be cut, I didn’t measure (I am a rebel like that) I just cut more than I thought I needed.

I then spray painted the metal tube white (I think it would look great gold or copper as well but I liked white as a nice neutral) and let it dry.

Using your wire, thread it through all the holes in your dowels one at a time, making sure they are in the right order and facing the right way (I didn’t pay attention to this and had to re-thread all mine! TWICE!! Arghhhh!). Center the dowels on the wire.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Now thread one end of the wire through the metal tube and the other end of the wire through the other end of the metal tube, so they cross inside. Pull the wire all the way through.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Bring the wire together in the middle and twist them together a few times.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Make a loop for hanging with the two wires, twist them together again and cut wire.

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Now you have a really unique sculpture for your walls! To get them to splay like I did just pull your middle dowels down, as this is done with wire you can adjust how much or how little they splay depending on what you like.

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Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Colour Saturated Life | Colour Dipped Wall Sculpture

Not all the artwork I make is intended for my home, or even ends up there when it is! This one I just planned for this series, I loved the idea but I wasn’t sure if it would work in my home. Then I hung it here to photograph and I kinda love the pops of colour it adds. I still have artwork planned for this wall but for now I am liking this as a place filler. Are you enjoying the series, let me know, I love hearing from you.

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  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness - April 5, 2015 - 1:37 pm

    This is sooo pretty and unique!! I love the colors you chose, and how you have it hanging! I’m featuring it tomorrow at Motivational Monday! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 5, 2015 - 8:45 pm

      Yey! Thanks Amanda, such a huge compliment!ReplyCancel

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  • Izabela Kumar - April 5, 2015 - 12:05 am

    Very nice! Love the way it turned out!
    Hi from “The Creative Collection Party.” 🙂ReplyCancel

  • courtney - April 4, 2015 - 8:43 am

    This is beautiful! You did such a great job on this tutorial. FYI, you should enable your site for bloggers like myself to be able to use pinterest schedulers like Ahalogy. Ahalogy makes it easy for me to pin and schedule this post to 10 boards in 5 seconds. But for some reason your site won’t let me do this, I bet it’s a setting you’ve set for your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 4, 2015 - 2:35 pm

      Thanks Courtney, I am not familiar with Ahalogy and I am not sure what settings would enable it. If you have any tips I would love to know.ReplyCancel

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  • Jaclyn Kent - April 4, 2015 - 3:56 am

    Wow, I love it and it looks very simple!ReplyCancel

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  • Anima - April 3, 2015 - 4:04 am

    Very Pretty and inspiring. So happy to have found your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 4, 2015 - 2:31 pm

      Thanks Anima, happy you stopped by!ReplyCancel

  • Christie - April 2, 2015 - 2:18 am

    Well, you rocked another awesome project! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! #TTTPartyReplyCancel

  • Jenn - March 30, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    You are so freaking clever!! Your Art Fix posts are my favorite!!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 30, 2015 - 1:29 pm

      Thanks Jenn, I love that you like them 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brynne@TheGatheredHome - March 30, 2015 - 7:34 am

    I love this! The colors are so perfect! Fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi @ Plaster & Disaster - March 28, 2015 - 9:58 am

    I’m just blown away by the impact of this simple piece! In a strange way it gives a similar vibe to those woven wall hangings we’re seeing everywhere, even though it is so different. Maybe because it is fun, a little casual, a little boho?

    But my ramblings aside, really cool idea and it came out so well. Nice job!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 30, 2015 - 1:35 pm

      I completely agree Naomi, the woven pieces are what kinda inspired me.ReplyCancel

  • Megan - March 27, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Love this!! So simple yet I love the graphic punch it brings to the wall!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Sockness - March 27, 2015 - 10:21 am

    I Love this, very different, not something you would find at everybody else’s house, which is why I like it so much. I’m going to try this but instead I’m going to use some wild grapevine, we have some in our wooded area and it can get very thick and pretty twisted, thanks so much for the idea. PamReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 27, 2015 - 2:49 pm

      Thanks Pam, I am so happy you like it and will be making your own version! You will have to email me a photo of it!ReplyCancel

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