Here’s a fun project that anyone can do to brighten up their space on a budget: Colorful DIY Geometric Paintings.
I blame Blick for giving me the DIY bug this week, btw. A few days ago, I stopped in to see what was new. They were having a sale, so mama picked up a bundle of seven 1′ x 1′ unframed canvases on stretchers. (Incidentally, seven is a great number for a project like this — it means you have one canvas to practice on, and six more to actually paint!)
Canvases aside, other supplies you need include: white paint (I used a matte finish), paint roller + tray, blue painter’s tape, and infill colors (I used a semi-gloss finish).
A few notes on paint: Most ‘real’ artists work with acrylics, of course. Acrylic paints are chemical based and tend to be much more elastic than latex paints (i.e., the stuff you get to paint your house). But for this project, I stuck to latex. Quite frankly, its’ cheaper (you can get paint samples mixed in any color you’d like at a big box store for ca. $5 a pop), and Manny and I already had a lot of it sitting around from renovating our house. Also, latex gives great coverage (so you’ll probably only need one coat for each canvas’s design).
After you get your supplies in order, prime the canvases by applying a coat of white paint with your roller. Don’t get cheap on the base layer. And let those bad boys dry overnight.
Then it’s time to go to town! Take your painter’s tape and trace out a geometric design, like a triangle, adding strips to break up the design as you see fit. I’ll note that if you aren’t planning to frame your paintings, you might want to start setting up the design by taping the edges of the canvas (like I did in the image above). This way, the paint doesn’t run down the edges and make the final product seem sloppy.
Don’t forget to press the edges of the tape into the canvas to prevent bleeding (you can press them with a credit card to make sure they’re good and stuck). Then infill the design with your chosen color. I used Blick’s ‘Mega White’ synthetic Filbert brush, but you can use whatever you have. Don’t let the paint sit too long without removing the tape, or you’ll muss up your edges when you try to remove it. Then voila!
What do you think? Anyone else have any cool DIY painting projects to share?