MATH ART: 1 DIY art piece = 3

“DIY art anyone can do!”

A few weeks ago I posted about how my daughter and I were feeling artsy.

me and clo  - making art

Nope.  I did not make that abstract above the craft table -but isn’t it awesome?  It is an original piece I purchased way over a decade ago, unsigned.

watercolor pink aqua blue art abstract DIY

Inspired by some watercolor abstracts I went ahead and made my own.  I finally finished my painting (which I planned for my master bedroom), not that it took long to make.  For 30 minutes I worked alongside my daughter in the study, while she created her own masterpiece.  What took long was to get to the point where I was ready to frame, hang and photograph them.  “Them?” you ask.  That’s right!  The great thing about painting on a large poster board is that you can choose to cut, capture and frame only the parts that you think are best. For tips on how to get going when thinking about making your own art click HERE.

Trust me.  Anyone can do this!  It’s a great way for beginners or non-artists to make art that looks pro!

MATH ART: turning 1 art piece into 3

MATH ART: turning 1 piece into 3

watercolors DIY ART

Watercolors DIY ART

Abstract art JULIE CADIEUX

JULIE CADIEUX abstract art

Julie Cadieux / Abstract Art

What do you think? Is this something you have done -or think you might try?


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Living room shelves -restyled!

Before: living room shelves 2010 (check out more before pics here).

Recently I started to feel that my living room shelves needed a new look  -with more colour.  So for the past week I have been busy making some new art pieces (more on that here and here) for that top shelf.  Once I was done I played around with how to display it all, adding a sculptural container and a small green painting I made several years ago to the vignette!  Next I stacked all of our books, by colour, on the middle shelf and added a tiny house plant and a little framed reproduction by artist Robert Genn (which I just scored for $5 at Nova).  The bottom shelf I chose to leave a little more airy but I’m still not sure if I am completely happy with it yet.  It may still get more tweaking -but I figure with the holidays around the corner that bottom shelf might end up being the perfect spot to add some Christmas decor!

After: living room shelves / Fall 2012

Styling or decorating shelves can be so difficult, but here are a couple of tips which always help me get started:

Tip #1: Shop your house!

Before buying anything new, rummage through cupboards and shop other rooms of your home.  Swap our art, accessories, frames and books.

TIP #2: Layer, layer, layer!

Having everything spaced evenly and facing out might be the way to start, but as you continue tweaking, try adding smaller or larger accessories (such as decorative objects, picture frames, vases, candles, plants) in front of others to add visual interest, texture and depth!

Leaning art, rather than hanging it lends a more relaxed feeling to a room.

Don’t let those shelves intimidate you any longer!  Take your time and experiment, play and keep re-arranging – Good Luck!

DIY ART: 5 tips to create you’re own abstract art!

I think art is a pretty personal thing.  Although I can’t afford pricey originals, I also try my best to not buy the generic mass produced stuff which you can find anywhere including the hardware and grocery store!

Tying to make your own art can be the best and definitely the most cost effective solution -even if you have never picked up a paint brush in your life!  In fact, I always tell people to NOT use a paint brush.  Taking a tip from an artist friend of mine, she told me that for those just starting out, using your fingers and hands or at least tools that you are more familiar with will always yield better results.

I think every single one of us has some creativity, and it’s definitely worth exploring.  It can be a fun thing to do with your kids or a great stress reliever to do alone on a rainy afternoon.

  1. INSPIRATION.  Start by finding some art you like.  Inspiration is important and it will help you imagine and have some sort of plan of action.
  2. SUPPLIES. Choose your colour palette and purchase all of your paint ahead of time.  Next decide if you will paint on a canvas, poster board, wood or cloth.  To keep costs down you can choose to paint over-top a cheap reproduction you already have laying around or snap up something at a second hand shop!
  3. BE PATIENT. Take your time and be patient.  You may need to let the paint dry before applying other, different colours over top.
  4. GET DIRTY.  Use your hands and fingers or items you are familiar using like a spatula, stick, fork, dish sponge, small roller or even a leaf from your favourite plant!
  5. SPRAY IT. Keep a spray bottle of water handy.  It can keep the paint wet longer while you work with it, help to blend colours, water down your art piece to make it more translucent or even create cool random dripping effects!  Also, a can of actual spray paint is handy to have around too: Give a list mist over top of your painting and your art will take on a different dimension and have a more interesting texture.

Choosing to paint on a large poster board for this art project allowed me more freedom and gave me the option to select the best ‘part’ to cut and to frame out!

For details on the polka-dot art piece (middle, above) click here

seeing spots: DIY paint chip art

Making art using paint chips, had been on my ‘to-try-one-day’ list for about a decade!  The other day I felt it was time to switch around or maybe even purchase some new art for my living room.  After checking out prices of a few pieces I liked I quickly remembered why I usually end up making my own!  -I decided it was time to give paint-chip-art a try!

Armed with my brand new Martha Stewart hole puncher (which I scored for 40% off with coupon at Michael’s!).  I went through my paint chip bag (yes I have a huge bag of paint chips arranged by colour -hello, I am home stylist!Lol!) I set aside piles in the tones I wanted: palest to darkest shades of grey with some (not too pink) purple ones.

After ‘punching out’ some colours, I began to lay them out playing around with the design.  Finally I decided I preferred a more random, organic look.  And just decided to start gluing (using a glue stick) onto my piece of cardboard.  This took a lot longer that I expected (about 2.5 hours for a 22 x 16 inch surface).  Luckily when the kids got home from school they were curious and eager to help out for a little.

More pics to come when I have it in its final resting place ;-)

*Published on BOB VILA NATION October 24th, 2012

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