Are you familiar with the Rorschach Test? It's the psychological exam where you look at ink blots and say what you see. Depending on how you interpret the ink, you receive a different diagnosis of your psyche. Now, I'm not a psychiatrist by any means, but I do know a DIY opportunity when I see one. Whether or not you interpret the shapes as a bear, or as the face of your mother, throw a little color in there and we've got ourselves a project. Continue Reading
Lately I've been getting sucked into watching painting videos on Instagram. The abstract paintings are the best. I love the ones where the artist is seemingly just messing around, throwing paint here and there, when suddenly BAM! – some well-placed paint or drip technique brings it all together. While I'm not as clever an abstract painter as these Instagram stars are, you don't have to be an expert to make some fun abstract wall art. I made this piece the other day using a hair dryer – keep reading and I'll show you how. Continue Reading
Last month, we featured ten modern DIY art projects that ranged from bold and graphic to subdued and subtle. We’re back at it again with a fresh new roundup of contemporary art inspiration — and it’s all stuff you can make yourself (of course). Enjoy!
We’ve all seen them: hideous paintings that look to have come from a dentist’s office circa 1991. Thrift store specialties! But before you pass by these massive works of, um, art, consider their inherent value. A new canvas is expensive. A sad thrift store painting is not. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Let’s fix this thing with some DIY art!
The dangling bright colors and shapes of Alexander Calder’s mobiles have always fascinated me. I’ve never tried to make one but I’ve just found simple, yet roomy instructions to make your own interpretation of a Calder mobile for your own home. The newly rennovated Indianapolis Museum of Art has a fantastic heavy duty Calder mobile hanging above their atrium walkway that makes me want to get busy.
What you’ll need:
- Needle-nose pliers Wire (hardware stores sell 200ft rolls of galvanized wire)
- Sheet of 1/2″ ply wood for the weights or shapes at the end of the wires
- Drill and bit (same diameter as the wire)
- Clamp to hold the wood pieces when drilling
- Jig saw to cut out the wood pieces.