DIY: Herringbone Pattern Painting

When my roommates moved out, they left some rather large (36″X36″) prefab art canvases. I decided it was about time to revamp them because now they don’t match much in the house. After browsing around pinterest, I came across some great art pieces where a white herringbone pattern was painted over brightly colored designs and I thought- easy-peasy!

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Here’s what I started with. Since canvases are expensive, it’s nice to start by recycling something else to use as the base. Check out Goodwill for old canvases, and you can find something that’ll work for you, for cheap.

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I went to the fashion district recently, where I picked up fabric for several projects. Knowing this has been on my to-do list, I made it a point to find bright, colorful fabric, in a linear direction. I then wrapped the canvas with this fabric.

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Since I don’t have a ton of pinks around the house, I decided to paint and add in colors from my left over paint. I added lots of blues and oranges.

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After 5 minutes in the hot LA sun, it dried up quick.

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I was dreading this next step, because I thought it would take a long time. The next step was taping off the herringbone pattern. This past Saturday I was up early drinking coffee in bed while TBS was on. A movie had just started and I decided to use the time efficiently, and I just started taping it off while watching the movie.

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It was actually very easy, as I wasn’t being fussy with it. It was kind of nice repeating the steps over and over while watching the movie.

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Time flew by and before I knew, I finished!

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That’s a lot of herringbone! For visual interest I pulled a few pieces off to reveal…

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This! Keep in mind, where the tape is, is where the colorful pattern will be showing on the final product. It’s challenging to think reversely like this.

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Time to paint before the masking tape peels off! My white spray paint was acting up, and I was still in pjs (not about to run to the hardware store) so I decided to use a roller and my left over Dove Valspar paint from Lowe’s.

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I was careful to not un-stick the tape while rolling the white paint. Three coats of paint and a short drying time later…

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It’s time for the big reveal.

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It came out excellent! It adds just the right amount of texture and color to the room. I just can’t get over how easy it was.

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DIY Paper Frames

It’s time to talk DIY crafts! My friends Grace and Tamar (see below) came to me with a design problem. Their stairwell is bare and they want to hang up photos, but it’s a narrow space and frames risk getting knocked over as people walk by. Plus this should be attractive and on a budget. What to do?! After researching ideas via pinterest, we concluded it would be best to buy some fun papers and tape and mount the images right onto the wall. We didn’t want it to feel cheap and dorm -style, so we had some fun with it!

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Meet Grace and Tamar. They rock!

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We met up at my favorite guilty pleasure: Paper Source! If you’ve never been, even just to browse, make the trip!

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Grace and Tamar decided to buy two different types of patterned paper to keep it all feeling cohesive. I decided to also do this project for one of my bedroom walls. I also switched it up and bought different types of papers and even brought along some fun wrapping paper I had left over at home. With a little double-sided tape, we mounted images on our paper.

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It was fun to play with the scraps, colors, and textures.

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Even wrapping paper made for a fun colorful backing.

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I kept laying the images out to make sure I was staying within the same color palette.

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Above is Grace cutting up her images. She went a step further than I did and even laminated the sheets so that everything was completely smooth.

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Originally we thought we’d use masking tape, but found fun colors of electrical tape to play with. Grace and Tamar used black tape for all the edges to keep it consistent. Precutting the tape on a mat makes sure it’s even and squared corners.

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It’s fun to look back at old photos 🙂

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I decided to mount my photos around my frame so I can look at them every morning.

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Don’t look too closely at my messy bed (which was an impromptu desk for this project). But I love the family pics <3.