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.
- Acrylic Paints (I used 10 different colours – one for each dowel)
- Paint Brush
- Masking Tape
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bring the wire together in the middle and twist them together a few times.
Make a loop for hanging with the two wires, twist them together again and cut wire.
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.
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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