Easy DIY art with wall paint and masking tape
Who wouldn’t like to have a unique painting that has just the perfect colors for your own home and that is just the perfect size?
I wanted that and now I have it on my wall. I made this piece of art myself with minimal cost using left over materials. This is a real easy diy art you can create with paint and masking tape. Making your own art you get to choose the perfect colors that match your interior. I used our left over wall and furniture paints that we had used around the house. Now all the colors are neatly tied together on canvas.
So, to create your own piece you first need to have a canvas to paint on, of course. If you prefer buying a ready made canvas you can skip this next part.
To make your own custom sized canvas you need
– piece of (styrofoam or such)
– an old sheet
– if you wish to improve acoustics
The easiest way to make a custom sized canvas is to get a piece of insulation board an cut it to measurements with a big sharp knife or with a saw. If you wish to make your art also work as an acoustic panel, just cover the ready cut piece of insulation board with felt to absorb noice. You can either to the board or just use duct tape.
Now you need to cover this board with an old or new white sheet to have a white surface to paint on. Remember to cut your sheet about 6 inches/15cm bigger on each side than the board to be able to tightly wrap the sheet around and tape it to the back of the board. You have to make sure to fit the sheet really tight so it won’t get wrinkly when painting. Making the sheet a bit damp could help with the fitting. If your sheet is real thin like mine was you should use two sheets on top of each other and then you need to do this fitting part twice one sheet at a time.
Start fitting the sheet from the middle. Tape first on one side and then the opposite. Then do top and bottom tapes to make the center real tight. Then work your way around doing apposite tapes. Adjust the tapes if needed. You could also use a stapler, but based on my experience, the tape will stay in place better. This canvas doesn’t look that pretty on the backside but don’t worry, nobody will see it anyway.
Corners can be a little tricky. I succeeded pretty good just folding the sheet very tight along the edge. The tighter the fold, the better corner you get.
This diy art solved two problems in our home
In the living and dining area we have many windows with rather narrow walls between. I had trouble finding art in a suitable size that I could hang on the narrow wall. Then I decided to make my own piece of art using custom measurements. I decided to combine the color scheme of our home using left over paints we had used around the house with the perfectly matching tones.
The second problem was bad acoustics. We had this awful echo in the dining area. It can get loud with three boys… Some thick curtains could have fixed the echo but I really didn’t want to have curtains hanging between windows close to our dinner table. So, I realized that this piece of art was going to work as an acoustic panel as well. I am so happy with the result – no more echo!
To create your unique painting you need
– masking tape – paint brush or a paint sponge – paint
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Tape first then paint
Create different sections on your painting with masking tape. I used the same width tape but you could do this with different kinds, too. This is the part where you can get really creative. Make the kinds of shapes that you like by crisscrossing the tape from side to side and top to bottom. Make sure the tape is firmly in place so that you’ll get clean lines and no spread paint.
Now just go ahead and paint all the sections. Paint with caution so that the tapes stay in place. You can use different techniques on different sections to make the painting more lively and add texture. I used a dry brush in some sections and for others I wet the brush first. Using a sponge creates nice effects, too. You can get really creative coming up with ideas for different sections.
If you don’t like the result, you can always paint over or replace the sheet. So, take it easy and fun being an artist!
To add an extra touch you could use
– glitter to add on top of wet paint on selected sections
– sand to mix in the paint
– salt to add on top of wet paint
I recommend you test these “special effects” on paper first.
When the painting is ready, it’s time to put it on the wall. With insulation board this part is a piece of cake. Insulation boards are really easy and light to handle. So, to hang it on the wall you just tap the board in place and the screw or nail sticking out the wall will just sink in the board tightly. Just make sure that the screw or nail isn’t too long, that it won’t go all the way through the painting. Hanging art on the wall just couldn’t get any easier.
Hope diytreasured inspires you to create one yourself. Pick the perfect colors and enjoy your custom made diy art 🙂