Showing posts with label DIY artwork for your home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY artwork for your home. Show all posts

Monday, 21 October 2013

Crossed Cotton Canvas


This was a very quick and easy DIY artwork project that I came up with this weekend. The technique used is very similar to my Packing Tape Canvas.

Firstly, I painted a canvas for the background colour. 

I then chose a contrasting colour of cotton – I had lots of this leftover from a previous Christmas project.

Then I stuck one end of the cotton down with sticky tape, on the back of the canvas.

And I started wrapping! 

I finished off one way, then stuck the end down on the back again with sticky tape. Then I started again with my cotton, wrapping it in the other direction.

This is what the back of your canvas should look like when you have finished.

And that was it!

Give this project a go – it’s SO easy and it’ll look fantastic in your house!


Monday, 24 June 2013

A Modern Take on a Traditional 21st Birthday Gift


On Saturday evening we went to the 21st birthday party of a really lovely girl that we know, and I wanted to paint her something as a gift. I know that we no longer give people turning 21 those oversized keys that were all the rage a few decades ago… but I actually still like the idea of giving someone something that represents a step forward in life and reminds us of the increased responsibility that we now have for ourselves in turning 21.

So I came up with this 21 keys design! The drawings of the keys are based on another artwork that I completed a year or two ago for a friend of mine.

This artwork was very simple. I purchased another piece of plywood from Bunnings (I just love plywood!), and I used paint colours(interior acrylic paint) that I already had at home in my stash. I tried to use colours that I thought our 21st girl would like.

Firstly I drew the 21 keys onto the plywood. If you decide you'd like to try this, you could either copy my designs or find some simple key designs online.

Then I simply painted them in different colours! Just make sure you balance the colours as much as possible throughout your work. 

I also added a little saying down the bottom ‘All doors are opened at last’ and a happy birthday message, just to personalise it a bit more. I roughly drew this lettering on first and then painted over the top - it's very easy to do.

Happy painting!


Monday, 27 May 2013

Plywood Skyscraper-Design Panels


This project was really enjoyable to paint, and it was also very easy to do! I wanted this artwork’s design to be plain, geometric and modern. Once I’d completed the project, I thought they looked like the windows of skyscraper buildings, hence the name.

My plywood panels use a VERY simple concept of squares for the design, and they are based on my Black, White and Orange Canvas that I painted some time ago. My panels were cut ages ago by our builder (so I can’t claim any credit for using the saw to cut them up!), and they’re each 12.5cm x 30cm.

I simply drew on the squares with pencil.

Then I used a fine brush to paint around each square. The lovely charcoal colour I have used is Dulux Grid. I thought they looked better with the sides left unpainted.

I plan to hang them up using those Command sticky picture hangers.

This project is for a friend’s 40th birthday – I hope she enjoys her Plywood Skyscraper-Design Panels!


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Simple Fabric Covered Canvas Art


I'm redecorating the spare room at the moment. Just brightening it up a little. This artwork took me all of 5 minutes to make.  

All you need is:
  • Cheap canvas (discount stores are the best place to get these)
  • Fabric to cover the canvas (at least 5cm extra around the top of the canvas)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun

Simply cut the fabric so you have an overhang of at least 5cm around all sides of the canvas. 

Start stapling the fabric at along one end - as close as you need to to ensure the fabric sits smoothly.

Then repeat on the opposite end, making sure you keep the fabric tight on the 'face' of the canvas.

Repeat for the other 2 sides, folding down each of the corners like you would wrap a present.

Then, hang and enjoy! This project is also great because, similar to the Wrapping Paper Art I made, when you get tired of the fabric you can simply replace it.

Happy creating!

Caity x

Monday, 18 February 2013

Kaleidoscope Egg Design


This weekend (during the evenings), I painted this artwork for a friend’s birthday. He really likes colourful, African-inspired things, so I came up with my Kaleidoscope Egg Design to suit his house. 

The design was really very simple. I first drew in the shapes and lines for painting, so that each of my sections was going to be roughly the same width. And, of course, I painted it on plywood!

Then I started placing my colours. Really, you could use whatever colours you liked… you just need to make sure that the use of each colour is distributed evenly throughout the design. For example, here is the first colour I added (red). 

Don't worry about the lines being too perfect.

I used 7 colours in total. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Happy painting!


Monday, 17 September 2012

Kiwi Fruit in Retro Painting


I've been eating lots more fruit lately, and it has led to another painting! This design was based on some of my previous paintings of bright and bold fruit outlines (see my pear painting and apple painting).

I liked the pattern that a cut kiwi fruit made, so I simplified it and turned it into a minimal design. The green paint is Taubmans Grass Court, and the lovely grey was a mixture of Dulux Grid and some white.

After drawing in the kiwi fruit outlines, I painted in the background, the green and the centre of the kiwi fruit.

I then finished off the design with outlines in black paint. I actually thought that this pattern would look quite nice as material too.

Happy making!