Hello lovely Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body readers!
I'm Jennifer over from Brave New Home here to share a fail proof tutorial to create some one-of-a-kind, graphic art that can be tailored to suite any color palette. I blog about updating and decorating our '60s ranch house in California and share lots of DIYs and crafts in the process. Now onto today's project!
I love creating art. I love working with my kids to create art in the style of great painters, transferring their original drawings to canvases and creating my own art to dress my walls. Even my little 10-month-old likes to get in on the art making action! Not only is it a passion of mine but it's completely cost effective (read, much cheaper than purchasing something mass produced). This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
- Large white canvas
- Sketching paper
- Acrylic paints
- Wood strips
- Wood glue
- Wood wax
DIY Graphic Art Tutorial:
- First, pick out a nice big gessoed (primed with white paint) canvas. The bigger the better! A large canvas makes bold, graphic shapes appear more intentional and deliberate.Then, sketch out some shapes. Try to use all the same colored paper so you don't get distracted by the color and can focus solely on the shapes. Use the negative space of the paper in your composition, too.Then cut out all your shapes. Of course, I got my little four-year-old involved. I love for him to be vested in the decor of our home. Arrange your shapes keeping in mind which shapes extend to the end of the canvas and which shapes overlap one another. Don't rush the process. Sit on your design overnight and look at it again in the morning with fresh eyes. Then lightly trace around your shapes with a pencil once you have an arrangement you like. Now the fun part! Start painting in your shapes with acrylic paints. Work in layers and think about the distribution of color. You want to balance your colors to create a nice composition. For instance, I have two pink tones on opposite sides of the canvas.After one layer is completely dry, go back in and add another.When I have a lot of playful and bright colors, I like to temper them with a dose of black to help add some sophistication. At this point, all my outlines had been filled in but I wasn't quite happy with all the colors so I painted over a few shapes.I like to look at the smaller clusters within the larger to canvas to make sure the colors work harmoniously. To frame my canvas, I picked up some wood from the hardware store. I love the look of natural wood but a little wood wax helps seal it and adds a nice warmth. The top piece of wood is unfinished and the bottom has been treated. It's a subtle difference but worth the extra step in my book.I use wood glue to hold the corners together and hammer finishing nails through the wood and directly into my canvas. A wider piece of wood gives the impression of a wider and hand crafted canvas.
Thanks so much for having me over today, Tasha! I'll see you guys back in a few months but in the meantime, I hope you'll stop over for a visit at my blog, Brave New Home, or follow along with me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. And if you love this project, please pin it or share it on Facebook.