Geometric DIY art

Using an old canvas and a little paint to make a new piece of geometric art is pretty simple and inexpensive. I had a few issues on the way and slightly overcomplicated mine. I'm sharing today so maybe you can learn from my mistakes!

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I wanted to make some art for our bedroom, had seen these two ideas on pinterest and thought the whole thing looked simple enough.

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On the left is a beautiful metallic canvas from While they snooze, it's made by painting then taping over an existing painting. On the right is some herringbone pastel loveliness from Laura Wadsworth. She used a new white canvas, taped a design and then splodge painted all over it. (Sadly the blog this is from is no longer active so this is just for inspiration now)

I started with a rather unattractive canvas that I picked up from a major supermarket for £4. I haven't photographed it as it was as I thought it might be a little bit insulting to the original artist and also to anyone else who has chosen to buy this for their home. It was quite a wishy washy picture with brown and cream tones and that's all I'm prepared to say!

I painted over it with some gold spray paint I had left over from my various gold spray paint projects. (herehere and here) I also splodged on some regular cream and white emulsion (the kind of paint you use on walls) and left some bits of the canvas original picture showing too.

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When that was dry I taped out a geometric design with decorators tape.

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As you can see I went for more of a triangle design than the herringbone in the pinterest inspiration tutorials. I just googled "geometric designs" and then picked one that looked fairly simple to mark out.

Then I stopped and realised I wasn't doing this art quite the same as either of the pinned inspirations.

To use the same method as While they Snooze I should have taped off the triangles, then I could paint over in white to form the lines.

To use the same method as Laura Wadsworth I should have painted the whole canvas white to start with, then taped off, then splodged the gold etc on.

I felt I was past the point of no return with this so I soldiered on and tried to find a way to make this work.

I used my trusty air disappearing pen, the one I use for marking embroidery designs (herehere and here) and marked the decorators tape a little at a time, removed the tape, then painted in between the lines with a small paintbrush and white emulsion paint.

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The white paint needed two coats, and this is my finished result.

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I like it enough to have it hanging on the wall but I don't LOVE it as much as I'd hoped I would. Either the lines are just too thick or the canvas is just not quite big enough. 

I might try again at a future point with another variation on this idea, I'm keeping my eyes open in Charity Shops for a suitable canvas. For now art hangs where previously there was just plain wall so that's an improvement!

I’ve made a few other simple art pieces which you might also like to check out for inspiration.


I'll be linking up this project at all these lovely link parties, pop over for a look at loads of projects from other blogs.