DIY minimal wall art

Hey everyone! Long time no talk!!!

I’ve been brainstorming blog post ideas for a while now and everything I thought of just wasn’t really speaking to me, so I stopped thinking for a little bit. As soon as I stopped thinking about blogging, I got the urge to make something to put on my wall in my room. BAM!!! A perfect blog idea.

Here’s how I painted a new art piece for my wall…

Find something to paint.

I’m not the most artistic person in the world, but with just a few minutes on Pinterest you can convince yourself your a chef at a 5-Star restaurant, so I convinced myself I was an artist. Here’s a link to the picture I recreated. Etsy Wall Art

Here is a link to my minimal art Pinterest board for some inspo on what to paint if you decide to try this out! Pinterest Board

Create a vibey setup.

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I put on some music, lit a candle, made some coffee to create the perfect setup. I also made sure to have all my materials at hand so I wouldn’t have to keep getting up to get something.

What you’ll need:

  • Paint brushes
  • Paint (I used acrylic paint w/ glossy finish)
  • Paper for sketching
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Frame (mine is 16×20)
  • Cardstock paper for for final draft (16×20)

I purchased all my supplies at Michael’s for $21.00! http://www.michaels.com

Practice with pencil first.

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I brought out a sketch pad to make sure I would be happy with how my drawing would turn out. I practiced twice on the sketchpad, and then drew a bigger version on the cardstock paper before going in with the paint.

 

Restart until it’s perfect.

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As long as you have a good eraser, keep restarting your drawing until it’s perfectly ready for paint. I drew and erased probably five times, and even had my boyfriend help me because I couldn’t seem to get the shoulder angle right!!!

 

Don’t paint too carefully.

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The painting is meant to look simple and effortless, but I realized I still wanted it to be clean. The difference in the brush strokes actually added a clean, messiness…if that makes sense? I recommend starting off with a thin paint brush and adding more layers of paint, rather than starting off with a thicker brush. The imperfectness of the lines make it look more handmade in my opinion.

 

The final product!

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I usually stray away from black decor, but I felt the black frame really tied the whole painting together. I named the girl in this painting Polly, and hung her up right over my bed for everyone to see! I’m very proud of this paining mostly because I only paid twenty dollars for it, and because when people ask me where I got it I can say I painted it!

 

Always,

Sam

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