If I have said it once, I’ve said it 1000 times. Art is hard. Art is either expensive, or so mainstream everyone knows that you bought it at Target. I would LOVE to learn how to paint (sigh, one day friends.) but best news ever… you can totally make this art with zero skills.
Last month I was flipping through the September issue of HGTV Magazine (my fave!)and saw this image.
It stung me to my freaking core. Now I know that there was probably mad technique involved. But to my pick-it-apart-until-I-figure-it-out mind, I saw peg board, straight lines, lots of color, and texture. And immediately thought, I can do that. Or at least do something that is inspired by it.
In Cara’s office we needed some art that was large and in charge to balance the entire wall of shelves that are on the opposite wall. Without something that took up a lot of space the room would feel very weak on one side. I also knew that filling in all of the spaces would be too much for the calming, comfortable vibe that I was going for. Hence the inspired by, not exact replica mentality. Side note: if you see something that you love, the funnest part of the entire operation is taking what you love about it, and making it your own.
Surprisingly the biggest hurdle that I ran into in this project was the fact that Cara and I both have small cars and couldn’t fit a 4×4 piece of ply in them. Which lead to using 2 2×4’s. In this case we had to take a page from my girl Nester and just say “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Start by gathering your supplies. You will need a few different types and colors of paint. Acrylic, Watercolor, Gold Leaf Paint , and plaster are the ones that I chose. The Plaster that I used had really great packaging, so that is why I bought it. Valid reason right? I mean, that guy is so cute.
The most important supply in this art project is a roll of painters tape.
I am a ScotchBlue™ girl until I die, for this particular project I recommend using the ScotchBlue Advanced Multi Surface with Edgelock. Because you are painting on Ply you wont need to worry about pulling up the fresh paint. So get the one with the green writing.
Start by finding the center point on your wood. I chose to make mine off center to make it a little more interesting (*cough* and so I didn’t have to measure anything *cough*) from there you just start taping.
Make sure that your center point is where both pieces of tape meet (seems a little obvious, but I had to retape a few times because I missed the mark.)
Mix your paint, water, plaster, whatever you have planned for this strip, and get to it. Quality tape=perfect paint lines every time.
When you are using water putty, mix it with an acrylic paint color. If you try and use an oil based paint you are going to have major problems. Remember my love, that when you are rocking the plaster that you want a lot of texture. Smoothness= Lameness. Got it?
Peel off your tape while your paint/plaster is still wet, it will hold its shape, but you will see some seepage from the water. This is totally fine and will dry.
I LOVE the loose watery effect of using watercolor on wood. Because there is so much water involved in this paint, once again seepage will happen, but that is what makes it look SO AWESOME. These stripes are like the cool kids in high school, they don’t care, they are just going to do what they are going to do and everyone is going to be insanely jealous and try and figure out how they are so effortlessly awesome.
The really fun part of this project is customizing it to something that is perfect for your house. Mix colors, channel your inner Da Vinci and make sure you send me pictures!
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