Abstract Art From a Leftover Shelf and Duct Tape

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Having some art lovers over but you own no art to speak of? Here’s an idea that will keep the conversation going: "But is it art?".

We are hosting an art exhibition at our house tomorrow. Some really good art and a discerning audience. Suddenly I’m looking at my house the way I think art lovers would - does it have ‘composition’,‘grouping’ and 'rhythm' that is fresh and interesting? Does it surprise or is it boring?

After 3 years, the paper maché plates above the kitchen windows started bothering me. A bit 70’s, but unlike my new avocado (yes folks, its back) coloured cabinets, not in a good way. I need a statement piece. So, how to fake art that will fool the experts? And not haul out the paint brushes? And be done in 30 minutes flat?

They say serious art starts with quality materials such a good canvas. Well, I had some quality, slightly used white melamine covered shelves in the garage, does that count?

And quality duct tape that was specially bought from the plumbing suppliers.

The one sure fire way to announce your art yobbo status to the world is to create something animal, mineral or vegetable that looks ever so slightly off. With this in mind, I cautiously stuck to an abstract design with a couple of cuts of the boxcutter and steel ruler on a cutting mat. And bonus, the duct tape can be repositioned on the plastic surface when I get it wrong. Try that on actual canvas.

I added some thinner red electrical tape.

Mock me not. I bet that you aren’t so sophisticated that your art matches your kettle.😜

Suggested materials:

  • Duct tape
  • Shelf

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  • Deanna Deanna on Nov 14, 2021

    I have cute little glass jars, trying to think of what I could do with them. Any ideas?


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  • Deanna Deanna on Nov 14, 2021

    Sorry, didnt read it right. Your shelf is beautiful, I agree, do another one to go with it.❤

  • Deanna Deanna on Nov 14, 2021

    I love it! I would do this, but I dont have anywhere I could put it.

    • Thea Thea on Nov 14, 2021

      Hey, it could even work in a bathroom.😉