Thursday, August 11, 2011

Create your own UNBELIVABLE Artwork!

You like?! I did this painting about 5 years ago... it's 3ft x 4ft and makes a BIG impact in our living room. Today I'm sharing with you how you can make one for your own home [yes, even if you aren't a painter, I'm talking to you... you can do this too]! Just keep reading & see how easy it is!






What you need:








  • paint (acrylic or oil)



  • canvas



  • art-quality paper (it's heavier than regular paper)



  • ruler



  • paper cutter



  • a good craft glue



  • paint brushes




What you do:





  • First, paint your canvas a solid color, you won't see much of your canvas, but you will see some, so choose a color that compliments your overall color scheme!



  • Next, select your colors for the painting and get enough paper to cover your entire canvas [plus a couple extra pieces just in case... you'll see why later].



  • Then use your paint brushes to swirl your colors together in an interesting way. It doesn't need to be perfect, just make sure you can see lines & streaks of color [which means don't overmix your colors]. My son did one paper for me [and I'm a control freak... so the fact that I gave him the paint brush is proof that you can't mess it up!].




Here are my completed papers:



Once the papers are dry, turn them over & measure out your squares [these are 1 inch squares, but for my larger painting I did 1.5 inches... just make sure you find a size that fits onto your canvas evenly].





Once your grid is made... let the cutting begin [mindless-movie time!].





Now you have a big-ol' pile of fabulous! Time to glue [you can put another mindless movie in, but honestly you won't even pay attention... I opted to be a sweet mom & let the kids pick the movie we watched during this part, LOL!]. If your glue is too thick, water it down a little... you need to be able to brush it onto your canvas.


Work one row at a time, and make sure to arrange & glue down your edges first [this ensures that your lines are straight and even.... hopefully!]. Now, just look for interesting color combinations and swirls to put together... it's like a puzzle... [except that it's not at all like a puzzle].

And that's it... here's my final product!








I purchased this canvas for $12, and then used paint & paper that I already had...



Oh, and btw- the first painting I showed was originally an old ugly 80's painting... [I'm talking "nasty hotel room quality" stuff]. I just painted right over it and applied my squares. I didn't even remove it from the frame, so if you want to do this project look for some ugly framed canvas artwork to cover!


62 comments:

  1. Wow, quite stunning! I have scraps of old painted paper my kids did which we have kept for projects and this one could be one I might consider. So effective-thank you for sharing!

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  2. Connie I love it! Great idea, great results! I thought they were little tiles at first, but when I saw that it was paper, it blew me away! :)

    Jamie

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  4. Following you from Smart and Trendy Social Parade! Come say hi and don't be afraid to be a follower:
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  5. Beautiful artwork!

    Stopping by and following from the "Social Parade" blog hop. Would love a follow back! :)

    http://www.guitartrump.blogspot.com/

    Thanks,

    Alex

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  6. I LOVE this idea! And have a perfect gigantic wall that something like this would be fantastic on!

    Popping in off the Social Parade. Looking forward to more posts.

    GFC / Andrea

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  7. this is beautiful, awesome idea!

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  8. Very cool and I love that your kids were involved in creating it!

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  9. This is beautiful... Love simple wall art ideas like this one! Looks like semi-ombre or pixelated image. Lovely!

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  10. I love it! It looks like tiles. I will definitely try it!

    http://lilioshka.blogspot.com/

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  11. This is a fantastic tutorial for someone who isn't comfortable painting! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oooh...I think I want to try this!! Very cool Connie! Just like always! :)

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  13. Hi, Connie! You've got so much creativity and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  14. just gorgeous and so easy too. I love large art pieces that are easy, but still look professional.

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  15. Hey I wanted to let you know that I featured your art work on my blog today!! Please feel free to stop by and check it out and grab a featured button if you'd like :)
    kelseyinspired.blogspot.com

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  16. Super fun project that has my mind turning with possibilities! I'm pinning your project right now!
    --michellepaige.blogspot.com

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  17. I love this idea, Connie! It has a mosaic feel to it that is just great! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. This is fabulous! thanks for sharing!

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  19. It's so pretty! We actually did something like that in art school when I was in college.

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  20. What a cool idea! I like it very much! It looks like you have a lot of ideas for me, so I will be following!:)

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  21. What a fantastic project! I think this is going to have to go on my stashbusting to-do list! Thanks for the idea!

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  22. I really love this idea!! I am totally gonna do this - thanks for sharing!

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  23. I love this! It looks amazing and I love that your kids got to help. If you have a minute, I'd love for you to come parry with me: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/08/linky-3-will-craft-for-sanity.html

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  24. lovely results - I'm a big fan of mosaics AND paper, so what better way to combine the two than a paper mosaic? fabuous job!

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  25. Brilliant! I'm thinking this might work for a headboard art piece, too!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  26. This is stunning! I can't believe it was done for that cheap! It looks amazing!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  27. great inspiration! thanks! had to pinterest this one!
    Michael

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  28. Beautiful, inspired and doable!

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  29. Fabulous! Such a great idea . . . has anyone pinned it yet? Well, I'm gonna anyway :D Love it!

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  30. At first glance I thought it was a tile mosiac artwork.

    This would be a great family project that just can't go wrong.

    I've look at more of your blog and I am also a new follower.

    I host a Bunny Hop Party every Wednesday and I would like to invite you. The linky is open until Sunday, but don't wait too long ;)

    xoxo Bunny Jean
    Bunny Jean's Decor and More (my main blog)

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  31. Connie:

    I love it! Did you put anything over the top of the squares once they were glued on? Seal them with a spray adhesive or mod podge them??

    Thanks!!
    Alex

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  32. I'm adoring this idea... especially getting the kiddos involved. What a great piece of art to put in a family room that the kid's made. I'm putting your art in the PoPP Spotlight this week. Thanks for linking up.

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  33. What a brilliant idea and gorgeous painting. I can't wait to try one.

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  34. Absolutely fantastic! And how special that your kids helped. I posted about a paint chip piece of art today on my blog.

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  35. I featured this on my blog tonight! Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday. Stop by and grab a button! :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/08/your-whims-wednesday-21-and-features.html

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  36. WOW! This is amazing!!!! I can't believe you made this. great job!

    Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you will join us again!

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  37. I love seeing this, something so mind-bogglingly simple with enormous impact!

    nice work! can't try one of these out. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. This is amazing! Will try it out for sure. Pinning it and following you now :)

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  39. This is amazing and a project for me and my son to do !!! Love it !!

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  40. wow! this is so awesome! I am totally going to try this with my kiddos (or I might be selfish and do it all by myself, lol). Thanks so much for sharing - the colors are just fabulous!

    christy :)

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  41. I LOVE this project! It's so clever and looks beautiful. I'm featuring it as one of my favorite projects of August on my blog!
    http://www.diynewlyweds.com/2011/09/my-favorite-projects-august-2011.html

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  42. I totally thought these were tiles! What a great idea! Love it!

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  43. I am thrilled to see this.

    I, too, am not an artist.

    I am also not a scrapbooker. But someone has given me alot of great scrapbook paper & I was wondering how to use it, since I won't be making scrapbooks.

    My plan was to choose several sheets of similar hues. Didn't really know how to piece it together. Now I'm going to do it like you've done this.

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  44. ooooh, i love this! might have to try it.
    stopping by from mommy by day link up.

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  45. This is so awesome..love it..I found you over at Wow me Wed and had to stop in..Officially following ya with smiles..Great blog you have here with tons of creativity..Hope u can visit me sometime via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com TY.
    PS: Project Pink Blog Link Party is this weekend the 30th, would love for you to join over 50+ bloggers go PINK for breast cancer..You can find out more here..Wishing u a great week..
    http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/paint-your-blog-pink-awareness-faith.html

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  46. Saw this linked on GingerSnap and thought, that looks like Salvage Savvy! I'm thinking of enlisting my 2 year old for some finger painting to do one of these for her room.

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  47. Such a great idea, and the result is stunning! Saving this for a rainy day.

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  48. Oh WOW! This is beautiful!!

    I have a 6 pack of small canvases sitting at home taunting me because my idea for them didn't work out. I think this will be perfect. Thank you for the inspiration

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  49. This is perfect! I'm trying to fill my walls with original art and having a big focal piece like this will be awesome! Can't wait to try something like this. Maybe my husband will help. :)

    Thank you for the tutorial!
    I found you via Pinterest on your spray painted lamp and just decided to look at all your tutorials. Love them!

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  50. AMAZING!! Buying the supplies tomorrow! THANKS for posting!!

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  51. This is great! I actually hopped over from "Salvage Savy" to your armoire organization post... then got distracted by this1 Your newest linky follower.

    Jennifer @ wwww.mefancy.blogspot.com

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  52. Wow, this is really great! I read your profile and you are just like me. I live on the edge...the edge of disaster!! Well, that's my line anyway :)

    Would love it if you would share it with my readers and post it on my web site - www.ohmy-creative.com. Join the Community and post as many projects as you like!

    Susan

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  53. Great inspiration. I am a photographer and have wanted to do "something" a particular shot. Making it impressionistic in this way is just the thing. I have loads of canvasses (gift from a friend), a pad of watercolor paper, and a Micheal's gift certificate for the paints. Yea! Thanks.

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  54. So cool, I bought a framed canvas over the weekend to do this project. After you glued your squares did you paint anything over the top? Thanks for the idea!

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  55. Okay, really . . . I had just walked a huge, ugly painting to the dumpster, when I came inside and read this post. Went straight back and retrieved it, frame and all so I can do this project. (The frame was pretty nice, but could be spray painted if I need to.) Thanks!

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  56. Just saw this on Pinterest. What a fabulous idea, and I'm going to have my 11 year old son help! Thanks.

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  57. What is the kind/brand of glue you use for this? Gigi

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