{Art Fix} Chopping Board Art

Art Fix | Colour Saturated Life

I have to say I personally am loving creating this series for the blog, it is so much fun coming up with easy out-of-the-box ideas and today is no different. We are going to create Chopping Board Art….what is really great about his idea is you could do this on anything…..a canvas, a block of wood or a piece of paper, it doesn’t really matter what you use. I have noticed that chopping boards are really trending right now and I needed (or more likely wanted) some artwork for my kitchen so I found a cheap chopping board at the dollar store and my idea was born. As you know I love stripes and my design is based around stripes…..ultimately I wanted something graphic.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art


  • Wood Chopping Board
  • Paint
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler
  • Dark Wax
  • Pencil
  • Stanley Knife

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

The first think you need to do is find the center of your chopping board and lightly mark it. You need to place your first piece of masking tape on the center point and take it up to the top corner of your chopping board and do the same on the other side.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

I decided to make my stripes 10mm (3/8 inch) thick so I measured 10mm on each side of the masking tape and marked those lightly on my board and used these as my guide as to where to place the next piece of masking tape. I repeated this for the other side. Then I measured 10mm on the masking tape on each side and used the ruler and Stanley Knife to cut off the excess masking tape. So I would be left with a strip 10mm thick. I repeated this on both sides. You will be creating a repeated “V” shape up the board.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Repeat this to the top of your board, then tape 10mm from the top to get a clean edge on the design.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Paint between your masking tape and leave to dry before removing the tape.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Next you need to measure 10mm from one side, all the way down the middle of the board on a diagonal, then tape along these marks. Now measure 10mm on your masking tape and cut the masking tape so it is 10mm thick. Then you create another series of “V” shapes off to one side of this diagonal stripe.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Then paint these stripes (this is where I started to add colour).

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Next we do the same thing on the lower opposite side and paint these stripes.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Then following the lines on the lower left corner ad a few more stripes in a wider set “V’ and finally a single “V” in the same colour.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Finally, we add something random, I think all art should have something random and unexpected. In this case in the empty top right corner I added a triangle, it still followed the other lines so it makes sense as a whole.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board ArtColour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

I finished the piece by waxing it with dark furniture wax which toned down the colours. I do like both the bright and toned down version, but I thought it would be fun do do something a little more subtle, just for a change. What is really great about this technique is that you can really make any pattern you want, I made mine up as I went along.

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

Colour Saturated Life | Chopping Board Art

So what do you think? It seems complicated but once you get on a roll with it you can make this quite quickly, mine took about an hour to make.



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  • Maria - June 17, 2016 - 10:49 pm

    I saw you comment on another blog with a link to this post and I realized that I hadn’t gotten an email in a while. I didn’t realize that you were still posting. I know I didn’t unsubscribe, but it appears that my last email was in November.ReplyCancel

  • shonee - April 26, 2015 - 1:44 pm

    get out! This is so cute!! I love love love the design that you chose! It is perfect!! And of course the colors are awesome!!

  • Christie - March 27, 2015 - 3:55 am

    Awesome job! I love this idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ You rocked it, again!ReplyCancel

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  • Alexis @ Persia Lou - March 22, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    I love this! Perfect execution. Really, really so good.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 12:00 pm

      Thanks Alexis, huge compliment from you ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • [email protected] Chronicles of Home - March 22, 2015 - 6:28 am

    Hi Gilly – just discovered your blog today and am feeling so inspired by you! Just added you to my Bloglovin feed and can’t wait to follow along with your beautiful work.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 12:00 pm

      Thanks Jennifer, so happy you are following along!ReplyCancel

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  • Angela, blue i style - March 20, 2015 - 7:07 am

    I love your blog and I adore this project. My mom used to paint on cutting boards in the 80’s so this updated version of that same idea really makes me smile! I co-host a new link party called The Creative Circlce and would love to have you link up this project (and all your others) with us! http://www.blueistyle.blogspot.com/2015/03/TheCreativeCircleWeek7.htmlReplyCancel

    • Gilly - March 25, 2015 - 12:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by AngelaReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness - March 20, 2015 - 5:17 am

    SO awesome, Gilly!! This is gorgeous! I love the colors, and what a cool idea to add the dark wax on top of the colors! Thanks for sharing it with us at Motivational Monday! Can’t wait to see what you bring us next week! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Anne - March 19, 2015 - 11:52 pm

    This art is PERFECT, I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing at Think & Make Thursday!ReplyCancel

  • Ursula @ Home Made by Carmona - March 19, 2015 - 6:45 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I have painted cutting boards before, but your designs are perfect! I kinda want to do mine all over again. lol!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - March 18, 2015 - 2:22 am

    I LOVE this so much! Please share at Awesome Things Tuesday Link Party here:http://bit.ly/1BMWBal Hope to see you!ReplyCancel

  • Borei Designs - March 17, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Super creative! Love it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

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