Today’s DIY Art is really the easiest and cheapest things I have ever made for my walls. It isn’t really art, though…..I mean, I think it is…..I love it and it is just what I needed to bring a little colour to a corner in my living room. It just wasn’t “intended” to be art (you know the thing you just make on a whim that turns out more awesome than you expected….happens everyday, right!?).
I makeover furniture a lot and in the process I have lots of “scraps” – bits of wood, mirrors & broken bits…a lot of it just gets thrown out or donated…..but sometimes there is a piece that speaks to me. These two bits of wood just did that! They use to hold a mirror in place in the back of a dresser, they were all battered and covered in rusty nails and I instantly LOVED them! At first I thought I could make a cute sign out of them. but, then I remembered my corner and an idea was born.
I have to admit, I didn’t plan a design out…..I just winged it! At first I thought of doing random diagonal stripes but then I remembered I loved the current arrow trend and thought it would be fun to bring a little “whimsy” with arrow inspired elements.
- Bits of wood (you could do this with newer pieces just stain them first)
- Paint – I used Milk Paint – Miss Mustard Seed: Kitchen Scale, Ironstone, Typewriter & Apron Strings plus Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Marigold Yellow (I just happen to have all of these on hand – you can use acrylic paint)
- Masking Tape
- Stanley Knife
- D-Rings for Hanging
Using your Masking Tape make a cross over your wood.
Using your Stanley Knife cut along the top edge to cut excess Masking Tape (follow the line of the masking tape beneath) so you just have an arrow left. Then repeat to create more arrows (the gaps are where your paint will go).
Paint your gaps.
Remove tape, wait for paint to dry and repeat!
I created this design in 3 sections on each piece of wood….. I planned to hang these in a staggered way so I lay them down how I wanted them hung.
I began with the arrows on top – be random in your spacing and arrow size (it’s all about looking like you aren’t trying hard….when really you are trying hard not to try hard!) – it looks more organic somehow.
I didn’t want any colour to really stand out anymore than the rest so I used them randomly also…..I always try for balance and then chuck in one unexpectedly….
Once one piece was done I designed the second to fit with it so that the colours balance well and the patterns were not too matchy-matchy.
This piece is really all about going with the flow…..though there is method in my madness! But, I want to emphasis that the great thing about this type of piece is if you make mistakes….it is okay….we do not want perfection….flaws are a good thing!
As you can see I left a lot of the wood exposed….and that overall each piece is divided in three sections (arrows on top, diagonal lines with side arrows in the middle, then more diagonal lines on the bottom). This was a conscious decision, when it comes to design, generally speaking, I use odd numbers, they just feel more balanced…..don’t ask me why, it is just how my brain works! I even use odd numbered arrangements in styling…again it’s a balance thing!
These took me about 30mins to create and cost me absolutely nothing! The best art is always free! (don’t you think?) The other great thing about creating this kind of Art is that when you get sick of it (this is always bound to happen with me), you can just get rid of it, guilt free! (I prefer living guilt-free, it is better for my digestion!)
So…..now it is your turn, get out there and create people! AND…. be fearless and never take art too seriously!
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