Friday, May 24, 2013

bird.i.y.: geometric, abstract art

first of all, i would like to thank you for all the well wishes on wednesday. i am feeling much better! thank you all so much. and thank you megan for (wo)manning the blog on your own the last couple of days! you're the best.

this week i had a major DIY fail. let's just say that some fabric dye met one of my basement rugs and it ended up looking like this:
DIY am i such an idiot??? luckily, this was a rug that we have had for many years and i believe we bought it for around $15. and our basement is basically where our old rugs go to die (or dye?), so it really wasn't that huge of a fail. unfortunately, the project i was attempting with the fabric dye was. so, there's that. but no worries! i have something else to share.
jim and i have owned our home now for five years and have just recently started to really decorate. we have finally been hanging up prints and paintings that have been sitting around for years. we have filled most of the wall space on our main floor, but we haven't done a lot to our bedroom (which is upstairs.) and since artwork can be pretty expensive and, unless you are megan or dawn, it can be difficult to find great stuff at the thrift store, i thought i would create a little something of my own. now, i am no artist, so it had to be something fairly easy. i knew i wanted something abstract and with a bit of geometry. and since the DIY i had planned on had been a fail, i wanted to use stuff i already had in the house. and once again, i made a few mistakes (of course!) but i learned from it and will for sure try this one again. that said, here is what you will need:
~ a canvas (any size you like. i wanted a large painting.)
~ paints (any colors or media are fine. i chose acrylics and colors that would work in our bedroom.) you will for sure need lots of white paint.
~ paintbrushes (any size, but one large-ish one for sure.)
~ tape (make sure it is sticky. mine wasn't.)
~ scissors (not pictured. oops.)
~ if you are a perfectionist (i am not) you will want a ruler or straight edge of some sort. as you can see, this is also not pictured.

first step, paint your canvas with a random design. it really doesn't matter what. like i said, i am not an artist. but i do know what colors i like. so i just made a crazy, colorful design with those colors.
let this dry before continuing.
next, use your tape to make a fun, geometric pattern. this is where you perfectionists will want a straight edge. i was constantly ripping tape off and putting it back on in an attempt to make my lines straight. and, for the most part, i am okay with how it turned out. (and, for the record, i looked not very hard at all for a ruler and couldn't find one. but i went ahead anyway.)

after you have the pattern you like, paint the entire canvas (tape and all) in white.
remember when i said you wanted sticky tape? it is important if you want straight lines. my tape kept coming off and i would just press it back down and quickly paint over it. not the best idea. my lines didn't turn out as straight as i had hoped.

let the white paint dry for about three hours. then comes the fun part. peeling off the tape to reveal your masterpiece!
so fun!
making progress! see those oh-so-not straight lines! oops!

when all your tape is peeled away, and your masterpiece has been revealed, hang your beautiful art for all to admire. or, in my case, just my husband and i, since almost no one else ever goes into our bedroom!
oooooh! aaaaaaah! hey, how about another angle???
exquisite. i can really tell what the artist was feeling. 
(and yes, my bedroom is completely wood-paneled. this is where the magic happens, people.)

and there you have it! my very own, original work of art! what do you think?

xoxo, nora bird


  1. It looks fab.... have a lovely weekend:)

  2. I think you did a great job, and perfection is over-rated, your painting has personality and pizzazz!

    So glad you're feeling better.

  3. that is so cool! I love it!!

  4. I love how it turned out! Very cool :)

  5. I love it! I'm totally going to give this a try for the space above my couch. So great!

  6. Pretty cool.

    I love that you wrote the wood panelled bedroom is where all the magic happens ; P


  7. nice ;))

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  8. That is a great idea.... I MAY have to pick up some art supplies this weekend!

  9. Wow! I like this one a lot! I think I could handle it! I also love your wood paneled bedroom - we have a wood paneled basement. Yep.

    Hope you can get the dye out somehow!

  10. That came out SO cool! Have a great weekend!

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  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I want to put more fun art on our walls but it can be expensive. What a great way to do it!

  12. I've done something similar but my tape was even worse and it's stashed in the garage, not hanging on the wall. :)

  13. glad you're feeling better. so sorry about your rug. ugggh! this is a great project. so cool. i love all of the colors.

  14. Definitely cool and a cheap way to decorate!

  15. What a great idea! And it turned out perfectly. Love it.