Since it’s Comedy Wednesday here on Life Absorbed, I’d be crazy not to tell you about Gallery 1988’s Melrose exhibit called “Is This Thing On #2 Too- A tribute to SNL”. If you aren’t in Los Angeles and can’t stop by and see the art in person, check out their online shop where you can purchase pieces from the show. It’s worth a browse…
I have MANY do-it-yourself projects in the works, and although they are cheap projects they all involve a little seed money. For this upcoming rainy weekend, I gave myself the challenge of doing an almost-free art project. I found the image on the left from pinterest and thought pixel art could be fun. Then I found an image to blow up and become the image on the right. I also made a square viewfinder out of some scrap paper. My plan is to either use magazines or paint chips to generate the artwork above. The white viewfinder is to isolate the color square making it easier to find a color match. I also numbered each tile, so when I find the color to match I can label it on the backside, so I dont end up with a giant pile of random multicolored squares. I already own the glue and paper to mount it on, and paint chips are free! I also love that instead of a frame it’s hanging via old-school metal clip (something I don’t already own, but cheaper than a frame!). I’ll have to share the final product with you next week.
I’m still working to revamp my blank canvas and I have to share this DIY art project that cost me $1! There’s nothing like going to Goodwill (especially on one of their 50% off days) and finding cheap goods to repurpose and make awesome. Not only is it sustainable, but you can make completely unique pieces for cheap.
Isn’t she pretty? Even in her raw “before” state, there’s so much potential. Now I just need to decide how to upgrade this!
Using the colors of the spray paint I already own, I did a quick mock-up. This one is okay but…
… I like #2 better. Now it’s time to make it real! Step 1 is to paint the entire thing gold. LEt it dry, then flip it over and paint the other side gold, really covering the whole thing.
Once it’s dry, tape up what you want to keep gold. In my case it’s the outside and the top grid pattern. I also used cheap foam core to cut out the pattern so I could use it to make sure Im spraying the paint only where I want it.
Tape + Spray time! Then when it dries, do it all again to the other side!
And one more time for the middle turquoise color!
Doesn’t it add a nice pop of color to this dull bookcase?
I love my name art piece! And the best part? It’s cost me $1
Michael’s craft store often has some great deals on packs of canvases, and a while back I couldn’t pass on such an offer. I got 7, 12″X12″ canvases for around $10. I didn’t have a use for them, but I knew eventually I would. Sure enough, when planning how to fill my blank canvas, I knew these would come into play.
First I like to start with playing with colors and designs in photoshop, until I figure out a combination that tickles-my-fancy.
After making a plan and laying down a base coat of gold (to match the newly painted side-table top), it was time to tape up the design, and buy the colored spray paints.
Since I had the design (to scale) in my computer, all I had to do was print out the pattern and use it as a template for taping up the canvases. I also changed the color on the template so as not to waste ink.
In one case I needed a strip of tape half the width of the store bought painters tape. So I got out my e-xacto and cut 1 piece into 2. The other half I ended up using on the next canvas.
After the first canvas is taped up, it’s best to use that instead of the template. Since these are all being hung in a row, it’s ideal if they all look cohesive and the most accurate way to do that is to use the completed canvases as a guide.
Once they are taped, it’s time to layout the drop cloth and do some spraying!
Then let them dry. I was impatient and excited to see my new artwork, so I took them off soon after, but it’s best to let them sit a couple hours if possible.
I love it! Now for the others!
Even the discarded tape looked beautifully colorful. I’m sure if it wasn’t for the high heat that day, I would have come with a diy project that would put that tape to good use.
It adds the perfect pop of color for over the tv (and awkward space to fill). You’ll notice I added a turquoise color in the middle. Since this was so easy to do, I thought why not add in another color.
Now take these as inspiration and come up with your own fun design to spray over. Maybe a hip chevron pattern? Niiiice.