Redecorating is always on our mind, but we are either too busy or do not want to spend hundreds of dollars on new decor. Over the weekend, we stumbled upon an ingenious post called 100 Creative DIY Wall Art Ideas to Decorate Your Space full of many ideas. We absolutely loved this post and plan on coming back to it again and again; this time around, we are presenting two of the projects. Here are our results and suggestions to make the projects more budget friendly.

 

1. Modern Lines Wall Art, The New Domestic

(thenewdomestic.com)

(thenewdomestic.com)

For this project, the original artist used acrylic paint, canvas, and 1/4 inch painters tape. She then used Adobe Illustrator to create her design and play around with color combinations that worked best in her home.

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill Canvas Painted White (Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

Goodwill Canvas Painted White (Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

On our version, we made a few changes. Instead of buying a new canvas, which can be rather pricey, we found an old canvas painting at our local Goodwill for $5.00 and painted over it with some left over white paint we had lying around the house. The first color coat will be the color of the lines, so it does not necessarily have to be white. For example, if you wanted to use white as one of your main colors, you might try playing around with another base coat to make the lines really pop.

 

 

 

 

We also had trouble finding painter’s tape that was ¼ of an inch in width. Instead, we used a sharp blade to carefully cut through our tape roll. The end result was slightly uneven, but for the most part, it was unnoticeable on the finished product. For sections that really bothered us, we doubled up on the tape, using the smooth outer edge on both sides of the line.

 

Our version (Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

Our version (Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

Even though the original artist uses Illustrator for her design we nixed that step and just eye balled it. However, if you are making a piece that will be the center of attention, we recommend taking a few extra steps as well.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Color Block Painting, Maria Teorien

 

(www.mariateorien.blogspot.com)

(mariateorien.blogspot.com)

This lovely painting is creating using an almost identical method to the Modern Lines Art above. The one key difference is that the base color is gold. Gold acrylic paint is not cheap, so the best choice for creating a smooth gold base layer is spray paint.

 

 

 

(Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

(Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

Maria Teorien used canvas for her painting. However, since we already had one geometric canvas painting we decided to mix it up and opt for small Ikea mirrors instead. We had the mirrors at home already, but you can find them at Ikea for $1.99 each.

 

 

 

Finished Mirrors (Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

Finished Mirrors (Lydia Yekalam/MUIPR)

Next, we spray painted them, and let them dry. Before taping on our design with blue painter’s tape, we pushed our three mirrors together, so that the design would be consistent and look connected when they were hanging. Finally, we painted two coats of acrylic paint in a variety of colors.

 

The most important thing we learned from both projects was to use very thin layers of paint. It is tempting to thickly paint the canvas so that the color is rich, however this will make it hard to take the tape off and leave a clean line. A better alternative is painting two to three coats of each color with very thin layers. After your last coat, wait until the paint is about halfway dried and gently pull the tape off. This will give you the best chance of not pulling up the paint with the tape.

 

What are your favorite DIY projects? Let us know in the comments below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam