{Art Fix} Upcycled Ikat Art

Art Fix | Colour Saturated Life

Well, obviously my post last Friday didn’t happen as promised, my computer and I had a bit of a disagreement on when it should and shouldn’t work but fortunately I have an awesome IT guy who talked us down off the ledge and all is right in the world again. You have to love technology!

When I was looking for art for my daughters gallery wall in her bedroom I needed a piece that would tie all the colours together. I found this old painting at the op-shop, but it wasn’t the painting I liked it was the frame………I knew I could make my own art out of the old painting and paint the frame to fit the gallery wall. Together Rena and I painted an Ikat inspired art piece using all the different colours in her room. We each chose a colour and painted the same pattern across our canvas. This really is that simple you can do this with your kid!

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Today I am going to show you how to take an old op-shop painting and make it into a stunning Ikat Inspired art piece. Below is what I started with:

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art


  • Old Framed Painting (any size)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brush
  • Spray Paint (not shown)

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

The first thing you need to do is dismantle your framed painting. Take the frame off and spray paint it your desired colour. Leave to dry.

Next Paint over the original painting with white acrylic paint. Leave to dry. You probably do not have to do this but I always like to start with a white base.

Creating an Ikat inspired pattern is all about keeping your brush strokes in an up and down pattern and feathering out at the end. It is easy to over think simple art like this and get caught up in the details but really it is not a hard look to achieve and even when you make a mistake you can just go over it again.

Start by adding your first colour to the canvas (I chose pink). Just choose three to four random spots and create jagged patterns.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Next add your second colour that will blend well with the first (I chose orange). Add it next to the first colour. And some spots on its own.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Choose your third colour that well blend well with the second colour (I chose yellow). Blend it in around the first and second colours.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Add your fourth colour (I mixed a light green). Place this in several places around the canvas. At this point it is about placing different colours around the canvas and filling in the white.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Add your fifth colour (mine is blue). Filling in more of the white. I wanted to create some darker edges so I painted the blue over the edges of the pink, therefore creating a purple. When mixing your colours on the canvas think about what other colours you can make if you mix your colours – yellow + blue = green, blue + red = purple, yellow + orange = lighter orange etc.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

At this point as my canvas still had white patches I added more pink. Do the same with your canvas until the white is covered.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Then I added more yellow so that my canvas was completely covered.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Now it is time to add darker colours around the edges where colours meet on the canvas. I mixed a dark purple and added this around the pink, blue and orange patches. I made sure my strokes were quite jagged.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Next I added small patches of jagged pink, to really accentuate the Ikat look. I did this by pulling my brush strokes down into the colours below

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Add a dark colour – I chose to use a dark green and brought it in around the light green, again making sure to keep it jagged. See how the darker colours are now adding depth to the pattern and giving it that more defined Ikat look. I also added more jagged edges with the blue.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Now bring in very light strokes of white all over the canvas – keep the strokes short and sporadically placed rather than large clumps.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Finally add black (you could also add a metallic paint here – at this point on my daughters painting we added gold paint). Like the white keep it sporadic and to short light stokes, I did not load my brush with too much paint.

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Place your canvas back in the frame and you have a really cheap piece of framed art….mine cost $5!

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

Colour Saturated Life | Upcycled Ikat Art

I am really pleased with how mine turned out BUT, I didn’t really start liking it until the white and black were added, then it had the look I wanted. Sometimes you just have to go with it and keep adding layers of colour and if you really hate it you can just paint over it and start again. What I love about this type of art is that it costs so little, I started doing this with op-shop paintings when I was a newlywed as we couldn’t afford expensive canvas. Even the masters did this…..Rembrandt, Picasso & Van Gogh painted over their own work! Many great masterpieces will never see the light of day again as these master painters were the first ever Upcyclers! Pretty cool to be in the company of such great artists, don’t you think? Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely week and if you have time to spare why not Upcycle your own art?




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  • Maureen - February 20, 2016 - 6:37 am

    OMG! I LOVE this. I am, at most, crafty but NOT artistic!! I am going to try this, though. You may see it on “Pinterest FAIL”!! HaHa!!ReplyCancel

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  • Hollie Ramsey - April 29, 2015 - 7:06 am

    I love it. I love every darn thing about it. PINNING!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - May 1, 2015 - 8:50 am

      Thanks Hollie!ReplyCancel

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  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness - April 25, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Gilly, your art is BEAUTIFUL and never ceases to amaze me!! You make it look incredibly easy, however I guarantee mine would look nothing like this, or even close to resembling an ikat pattern. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ha! Great job! Thanks for sharing at Motivational Monday! Hope to see you again on Sunday. Happy weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 25, 2015 - 9:15 am

      Haha! You crack me up Amanda! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Shanice - April 24, 2015 - 1:04 am

    Wow! Amazing! You make it look so simple. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays at 9AM eastern time and runs until Wednesday night. ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 25, 2015 - 9:01 am

      Thanks Shanice, I will have to check out your link party, thanks for letting me know!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - April 22, 2015 - 5:16 am

    This is AMAZING! You never cease to amaze and inspire me ๐Ÿ™‚ I will definitely have to try this one at home – love the ikat print!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 22, 2015 - 9:06 am

      Thanks you so much Erica, that is the nicest compliment! xoReplyCancel

  • Sweet - April 20, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    This is unblievable.you are amazingReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 20, 2015 - 11:01 pm

      Thank you, that is so sweet of you to say.ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ The Casual Craftlete - April 17, 2015 - 1:42 am

    WOW! This is so beautiful, Gilly! You have one amazing talent.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 17, 2015 - 12:06 pm

      Thanks Katie, you are super sweet to say that!ReplyCancel

  • LZ [email protected] The Summery Umbrella - April 15, 2015 - 7:45 am

    Great tutorial and LOVE the color! It’s always like candy for my eyes whenever I stop by your page ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 15, 2015 - 8:48 am

      Thanks LZ that is so sweet of you to say! I love that you stop by!ReplyCancel

  • Marigene - April 13, 2015 - 11:45 am

    Wow, that looks like a fun project…love it. Could you use just shades of greens and blues with black and white?
    Have a great week, Gilly.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 13, 2015 - 12:24 pm

      I think that would look great but I would use more white than black and you would end with a really dreamy soft looking pattern. I could do one and post it on facebook for you to see, I had so much fun doing this I would paint a heap of them!ReplyCancel

      • Marigene - April 15, 2015 - 10:13 am

        I would love to see one done in blues and greens…thanks!ReplyCancel

        • Gilly - April 15, 2015 - 11:53 am

          Will get it done! Yey!ReplyCancel

  • Sage @ Plaster & Disaster - April 13, 2015 - 8:59 am

    Wow, I love this!! You’re so talented!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - April 13, 2015 - 12:25 pm

      Oh Sage! That I so sweet, you really made my day xoReplyCancel

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