Friday, 9 August 2013

DIY: Creating your own art

"Optimizing wall space without breaking the bank" has been consistently my most popular post and within it I promised to post some ideas for gathering Art/Photography for your home. Well the day is finally here!! I decorate my walls almost exclusively with my own DIY projects and these ideas can be done by anyone.

1. The copy cat approach

There are so many designs, prints, and paintings I see online that I cannot afford but that does not stop me. I simply add my own touch and reproduce them. The following are some works I found online and beside them my own reproductions (done in various mediums on dollar store canvus). I don't trace or stencil any of my reproductions because I like the imperfections and character that my free hand provides. I always give credit to the real artist behind my designs and it is never okay to copy other people for profit- these are just for yourself! Support artists where you can, they make our world a prettier place!
Source: Unknown

Fight Club Pop Art on Canvus: I'm not sure where I got the idea for this one because I did it so long ago but contrast pieces like this are really easy to do. Simply increase the contrast and change the colour to black and white in the picture settings on your computer and then copy or trace in any medium and create art!
2. Creating an original work

Paint, draw, sketch, whatever you want! Even if you think you don't have an artistic bone in your body you may surprise yourself, look at other artists techniques and experiment, you may surprise yourself!

Hut under the coconut palms by Paul Gauguin

Pig Tails by Loui Jover

Ocean Moods twenty eight by Teresa Cline

3. Frame magazine or picture book photos

Great frames can be found at any thrift store or yard sale and instead of spending $50 on a original photograph, frame a magazine or picture book photo! Check out travel or other specialty magazines for large glossy photos with no print over top.

 National Geographic
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4. Raw material art
Hot gluing any raw materials like stones, bricks, or wood on a canvas or framing them is a great way to appreciate the beauty of nature and create a very interesting piece.




Source: Unknown


5. Frame your own photos

These days we rarely develop our own photos and it is a shame because the quality of even a low end digital camera is amazing. Frame your favourite photos and consider blowing some up. I like to scan and print old photo as well and spread them around the house. 


This is a wall of old photographs I did. I collected antique frames and painted them white and different shades of turquoise. The pictures are of my parents and extended family. I plan on continuously expanding this wall to display photos of my family through time.

6. Buy some prints (Not really DIY)

Prints are a great way to support artists without having to empty your pockets for an expensive painting or drawing. Normally artists will only create a limited number of prints so you still have some exclusivity in your purchase.

The River by Maaike Bakker


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