DIY Wall Art + Why I Started Painting
Growing up as a creative kid in a conservative community, I struggled to find the purpose as an artist. I constantly felt like there was no functionality to my artistic ability and reserved creativity for when I was alone in my bedroom. Whether pairing outfits, cutting photos out of magazines (before Pinterest time), or experimenting with watercolors - I found a relief in making art but couldn’t figure out why it was so important to me.
The reason I’ve settled on for why we need art in the world? When you’re in a negative mindset, you’re shut off to learning. Art lifts you out of negativity to bring hope and inspired action into your life.
To all my artist friends out there, don’t let anybody tell you your skills are less beneficial to society than a doctor or engineer. We need you to shine light and beauty into your section of the world.
I often push my creative release time to the bottom of my priority list but that stored up energy has to escape somehow, maybe through discontentment with my life or disconnecting from the people around me. Lately I’ve been implementing a healthy habit of picking up a paintbrush and allowing myself to freely paint - all whilst I say in my head, ‘it doesn’t need to be perfect.’
That’s what holds us back from brushing a stroke of paint on a canvas right? Perfection. We think we have to be at a perfect point to start and have to produce a perfect final product to make it worth our time.
But now is always the perfect time to pursue what’s stirring in your heart, because who knows what tomorrow will bring?
DIY MODERN WALL ART
- Canvas or thick fabric
- Dowel rod cut to length of canvas (I left an extra inch on either end to stick out past the canvas)
- Acrylic paint in desired color palette (mine are Martha Stewart’s brand from Michael’s)
- Large paint brush
- Fabric scissors
- Hot glue
Start by cutting your canvas or fabric to the desired size for your wall hangings. My method for getting a torn raw edge look is to make a small cut where you want the fabric to tear and then slowly ripping along the thread line to make a straight hem.
Pick your desired paint colors - I like to mix them to get variations out of just a few colors.
Get creative with lines + shapes! I am really into rainbow and sun shapes so I went with that theme for my wall hangings. Don’t worry about making it perfect - brush strokes add texture to your modern artwork!
Wrap the top inch of fabric around a dowel rod and attach with a strip of hot glue.
Glue either ends of your twine on the back of the dowel rod and hang on a nail in the wall to finish!
What’s the next brushstroke you need to paint on your life canvas? How are thoughts of ‘not being ready’ or needing to be perfect holding you back? Feel free to share your story with our community or jot down your responses in the privacy of your notebook.
Thanks for reading today - I hope to see you back soon. Until then, keep creating and remember you are so loved.