Monday, January 16, 2012

Chevron art

   ** note: it's a good thing I wrote this post ahead of time. it wouldn't be nearly as peppy if I had written it after the game last night. sigh. heartbreak.**


   Alright folks, it's time to get on board with Tiffany at Living Savvy and her No Spend Challenge! Tiffany decided that for the month of January she wouldn't spend a dime on home decor-and is inviting all of you to do the same! Thus, when it came time to get some decoration in the downstairs bathroom I looked in the craft stash to see what I could make with what I had, rather than running to Michael's or Target!

I saw this chevron art and loved it. I mean, it's chevron. Who doesn't love chevron?

Originally from here
I have a lot of blank canvases from Michael's Crafts, so I grabbed one of those, some old bottles of acrylic paint, and the blue painters tape I got in my stocking from Michael's parents (do they know me or what!?). At first I was going to use the full width of the painters tape but realized it would be way too thick- so I just cut each piece in half:

 I started by making all the main vertical lines down the canvas, and slowly filled in the diagonal lines to make the chevron pattern:


 Cutting everything in half and taping it all in an even pattern took a while- but it sure looked cool!
 I started out with a lighter mint green to cover most of the background to make sure there wouldn't be any white space other than the lines once the tape came up:
 After that had a minute to dry I simply did random brushstrokes of different greens, teals, and blues.
 Ripping off the tape led to this:


 The upstairs bathroom had just gotten the Potato Polka Dot art recently, so the downstairs bathroom needed some color too! Before:
 After:


I love how well the white lines stand out- next time I think I'd make it a little more blended together rather than such obvious brushstrokes. Still, not bad for not spending a dime!

Like I said before, if you want to join the challenge, visit Tiffany over at Living Savvy and grab the button!


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I still have a healthy stock of canvases in the spare room ready for decorating- any ideas?

18 comments:

  1. Well chevron and mint green are two of my favorite things so clearly I love this! I need to stock up on canvases like you-I will go separate times to use the 40% off coupon though. You did a phenomenal job!

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    1. They've been having ridiculous deals lately on canvases- and buying them in the 2 or 5 packs is always wayyyy cheaper!

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  2. Love this! What a simple way to dress up that wall. Glad the tape came in handy!!

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  3. I have been obsessed with chevron and saw a few different artist canvas' that I really wanted, but they were so pricy. I think I need to attempt to make my own now. xo

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    1. Definitely try to make your own- I got my canvas at Michael's Crafts for like $2 originally- and acrylic paint only costs 50 cents a bottle or so- Hope you try it out and put the result on your blog!

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  4. thanks for linking up to Make it monday! I've share your project on the Brassy Apple FB page! :)

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    1. Thanks Megan! I just realized I wasn't a fan on FB of your blog but am now!!

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  5. This turned out so awesome! I have the same one pinned, and have been waiting to make it because I am not sure I have the right place for it! Thank you so much for posting and taking the challenge! {hugs}

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    1. Of course! I'll be doing another project for the challenge next week too!!

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  6. this is so cute and looks so easy! I have to try!

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    1. It is ridiculously easy- If you do make one I hope you blog it so I can see it too!!

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  7. I am so impressed that you made this! Clearly, you have a talent for DIY.

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  8. I love this! I tried to do some painting today and I didn't like the finished product so this is such a good way for me to reuse that canvas!

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  9. How cute is that?! Love it and you made it look easy!

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  10. This is great. It is perfect for the room.

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  11. WOW!!!! I love it!!!!! I want to copy it too!!! Such a fun way to bring some color into a room! And I am really excited I found this post because I just moved & have been spending WAY too much money I don't have.. so I am going to go check out all these past posts on spending no money to get some good inspiration!

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    1. Ooo i hope you do copy it! Haha if you do post it so I can see what you came up with!! xo

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