Happy Wednesday! On Monday, I teamed up with some of my blogging buddies for a wall art blog hop and I received some comments on my large color block art so I thought I would address it and tell y’all a little more about it.
First off, this piece was created a year or so ago…while on a blogging hiatus. Man, I hacked/DIYed/created a lot of good things while on that hiatus that I really did not think I would post on my blog. CRAZY, huh? I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve when it comes to creating inexpensive art–I cannot help it, I am cheap because of my budget…not because I necessarily want to be, but because I have to be. Having a strict budget allows my creativity juices to constantly flow!
The main materials I used on this project is stated above. However due to my “frugalness,” I literally spent less than $20 on this whole project. I purchased the frame from the clearance aisle at Michaels for $8 and purchased hardboard at Lowe’s for approximately $9. Everything else I already had on hand. The dark mossy green paint was a mis-tint, so there is no true name to that. Keep in mind that you can substitute out any color for a color of your desire. This project took me less than one hour to complete from start to finish (including drying time). I actually created this on a whim at about 9pm at night. Yes, I spray painted the lower portion at night with just a small porch light for viewing. The one thing you will come to realize about me is that I am impatient, a messy DIYer, and I like simple projects.
The one BIG thing missing (on purpose) from the material list is painter’s tape. I chose not to put it on there because when dealing with hardboard, painters tape and masking tape will pull off a layer of hardboard—*the ONLY time this has not occurred is when I used enamel based paint or glossy paint. This piece has more of a matte finish and attracts finger prints. Ha!
1. Place hardboard (cut to desired size) into frame
2. Tape off or mark off sections. I covered the bottom portion with newspaper and masking tape to mark off where I wanted the green area to NOT be painted.
3. Paint the upper portion with desired paint color along with frame and let dry (spray paint or hand paint, it does not really matter). I hand painted the upper part with a paintbrush (I forgot to put that in the material’s list…oops)
4. Once dry, remove newspaper (and tape, if using that) from lower portion of art and block off upper portion.
5. Spray paint lower portion of art and frame.
*While I spray painted the lower portion, I covered the upper portion with cardboard and left over newspaper and held it down so I can get a nice straight line. If using a satin, matte, eggshell finish paint I would not advise to tape off sections, it will pull off paint and some of hardboard.
6.**This was a doozy, I had to cover up the messed up hardboard some how so I decided to apply gold leaf over the rough spots of the hardboard. —When using gold leaf, you can use modge podge to apply and seal it. Refer back to my Cutting Edge Stencil Review to see how I used it.
If you notice on the picture above, I circled all the places on the art piece that has gold leaf. In all honesty, I do not think I would have this piece any other way. Nobody has ever questioned why it has random gold leaf on it. In fact the mister thought I planned that out—that says a lot because he is kind of opinionated.
I love big art and I am always thinking BIG in terms of decor. This piece looks chic (minus the little finger prints) and was created on budget…my kind of DIY! Love it!