Saturday, December 01, 2012

DIY Seasonal/Christmas Art

One of my first Christmas projects of the season was to make some new wall art for over the couch to replace our usual water series (seen here). I had previously painted some pieces a couple years ago that I use for Christmas, but I never really loved them. They always felt unfinished and not quite right. So, I decided to do some new ones!

I kept them neutral-metallic to go with our colour scheme this year. In previous years, we have had a brown, red, gold and copper scheme but this year I decided to lose the brown and red and go towards neutrals -  gold, copper, silver and white/cream. SO. First, I made a gold wash (just watered down my gold paint) and painted all 4 canvasses with it. I let that dry for for a couple days (read: I got bored with it). I also didn't really have a plan for what I was going to do and didn't want to end up with something I didn't like (again). Last night, around 12:30am, I got the bug to paint (yes, there may have been a couple glasses of wine involved). I laid all the canvasses out on my kitchen table and just got to it. Here are the colours and materials I used, all neutral or metallic colours (I did do some mixing):
I got the canvasses on sale at Michaels last week, so all 4 cost $20. Do you like my classy and official paint palette? Oh, and my "work surface" (kitchen table covered in towels)? Use what ya got, y'all. Although, I may have splattered some gold paint on the floor. Ooops.

I decided to go for an abstract look because it's the only thing I'm capable of, sort of ikat/chevron-ish. This is what I ended up with. I have learned not to overdo it because I usually like it less the more I work on it. I also know that I need to work quickly. So after about 40 minutes, this is what I had.
I know that it isn't particularly Christmasy, but that is totally good with me. I thought about taping off or stenciling around a letter on each canvas to make a word but there aren't a whole lot of 4 letter words (snow or noel?) and I wasn't all that passionate about any of the options. 

I have a few more Christmas craft projects coming your way (some from last year before I had a blog so they haven't been shared yet either!). So, how are your DIY Christmas projects coming along? Or maybe you don't do much for Christmas decor. I just LOVE Christmas, and love decorating the whole house for it. I think it helps provide the temporary decor changes that I crave :)

xo,
Andrea

Linking up to:
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25 comments:

  1. Love them! I think you should leave them all year, they are THAT pretty!

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    1. Thanks Jen!! I like to think I am beginning to hone my painting skills, haha.

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  2. These look great Honey! How did you get them all hung so straight and evenly placed? Thinking Kris helped out with that part? I love the paintings and love the change for the Christmas season from the red/brown (although I love that too). You're getting me thinking....Maybe I need to add something to the bronze metallics that I thought were so awesome a couple years ago..;-)
    Good Job! Mom

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    1. Ha, they are hung on the screws that are normally there for our other art... so no Kris help required! Thanks :) xo

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  3. These are absolutely gorgeous! Like, I am REALLY impressed!! Saw your post on the Christmas Cheer link up and figured I'd stop on by! So glad I did, love your blog! :)

    Shannon :)
    Fabulously Vintage

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    1. Aww, thank you Shannon!! I'm flattered :) I'm not really that artistic, so this is a stretch for me lol.

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    1. Thank you Kristin!! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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  5. This is lovely! It is definitely Ikatish...which is the new chevron! You are in :) lol I found you from Hi Sugarplum :)

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    1. Thank you Daliene... phew, so glad it translates as ikat looking to others (I'm not crazy then)!!

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  6. GORGEOUS! I would leave them up all year! :)

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  7. I know I don't know you & just found your blog, but any chance you can come over to my house and paint that pattern on a blank canvas I have? :) If it wasn't obvious yet, I LOVE these!

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    1. Hahaha... thank you!! It was surprisingly easy - you should try it!!!

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  8. Ok wait I spoke to soon I have more to say ha!...Will you write a post on how you got the pattern going? Did you color the whole canvas gold and then go in with the other colors? How exactly did you get that look...I love it and I would love to know how to do it! Thanks

    xo Cindy

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    1. Haha this is hilarious! I really totally just started and this is where I ended up :) I painted the canvasses gold first (watered down) and let them dry. Then I started with white... and went colour by colour from there and just tried to keep it varied. I also tried to pick up on the next canvas where the other one left off so it would look continuous. Once I got through all my colours, I went back and added a bit here and there where I thought it needed it! I wish I could give you more detail, but it was a bit wine-inspired ;) You should definitely make one!!

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    2. I definitely want to! Thanks so much :)

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  9. These are SO pretty! And I love that they will easily take you into the New Year. The gold and silver and abstract pattern is dreamy. Just awesome work!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY!

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    1. Awww, thanks Kim!! For someone who is not that artistic, this was a stretch - so glad it turned out!!

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  10. Gorgeous! I want some of my own! It looks like you spent big bucks on them from a place like West Elm. Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. Chelsea, you can have your own too... it is imperative to have a glass of wine in your hand to make your vision come to life. Or maybe that's just me ;) Thanks so much!!!

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  11. Fancy! I love the colors. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!

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