I saw a beautiful piece of artwork on Horchow's website. When I saw the price tag, I almost fell off the chair. $800? Wow. Hmm... I can do something similar, I thought. So I did. At least I tried. Here it is:
DIY Wall Art Knock Off for $35
First of all I wanted it to be lightweight, so I knew I could not go with wood. I decided to buy 6 canvases (3 X 2pk) 16"x20" at Michaels, using coupons. Here is the original: http://www.horchow.com/Polished-Damask-Wall-Panels/cprod69260008/p.prod
First I started to create the "background" of the painting, so grabbed a couple of yellowish, bronze-ish, gold-ish, brownish acrylic paints, a sponge and just started to dab here and there with different colors...
I was lucky enough to find a frontal (not angled photo) of this wall art on the website. I went to staples and had it printed on a clear foil. I used an old style projector to transfer the image. This can also be done with the grid method. Here is a video how to do that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LJF8OTG3N4
I simply traced the edges onto the canvas.
Then started to paint it.
That took a little while, but it was a pretty relaxing project.
I finished with painting the edges brown and an other layer of "background".
Hanging them was a little bit of a challenge. Then hubby came up with this idea of using strips of wood, drilling them into the wall, so they can be leveled and adjusted (the screw is tight enough to hold the light canvas and at the same time it is mobile to allow adjustment.
Here it is, for a couple of hours of relaxation and $35 dollars!
I made an other one for sale if anybody is interested in buying it :)
Published June 14th, 2016 10:47 PM
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