Monday, February 1, 2016

DIY Wall Art




Art is subjective and therefore it's subject to what you like. I don't want Art majors and MFAs after me so that's my humble but subjective opinion but as a result, I'm not one to spend a lot of money on it (mostly because of reality!)  and my walls tend to be decorated with things I make. This project is no different. 

I wanted something for a bare wall in our master bath so when canvases were recently 50% off at Michaels I decided to play around with some paints and some gold leafing. I'd seen a couple of ideas on Pinterest that inspired me. 

Supplies Needed: 
  • Pre-stretched canvas  (I used 18x24 from Michaels)
  • Paints ( I used Acrylics)
  • Glue (ideally, specific to leafing)
  • Gold Leaf  (Art supply section of craft stores or where art supplies are sold) 





I went into my paint drawer and just pulled out a bunch of stuff. I gravitate towards neutrals and our bathroom is very neutral but I decided to stretch a bit and pulled out some blues as well. 




Next I applied the gold leaf to my canvas. There is a specific type of glue you're supposed to use with the leafing but I forgot I was out and wasn't going to the store. I used Mod Podge and let it get tacky but not dry and applied the leaf. Not perfect but it worked. 


Then I just kind of went to town with the paints. I brushed some and stippled some. And then brushed some more and stippled some more until I was satisfied. In some cases the gold leaf got a little muted by the paints ; in some cases not. After the paint was dry I added a little more leaf here and there. 



And since my canvas came in a two pack, I have another one to play with!

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14 comments:

lindalou said...

Fun! I've got a canvas sitting here that I plan on painted some day. My idea is a bit more more linear. One of these days I'll get around to it.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I love this! Gold and blue are a great color combo! I actually found a blank canvas I didn't know I had recently and can't wait to get started on a paint job! You've inspired me:)
xoKathleen

The DIY Homegirl said...

There are no rules in art, which is what makes it so great. You did a wonderful job so I hope you are owning it! Lovely palette as well.

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I am continually searching online for ideas that can facilitate me. Thanks!
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