Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Simple DIY Artwork for the Bedroom

Thanks for all of the kind words for our Master Bedroom reveal yesterday!  It's such a great feeling hearing that everyone loves it was much as we do, and all of our hard work was worth it.

So through the next few weeks, I'm going to show you the behind the scenes of how we built, DIY'ed and transformed that room from a hazardous construction zone to this beauty.

Master Bedroom with DIY Artwork

From our DIY headboard  all the way down to how to install sheetrock, we're going to take you along for the ride. Today, we're starting with some simple, DIY artwork for the bedroom.

Affordable DIY Art for the Bedroom

Last month, I shared how to DIY some abstract art for your home. And these three pieces of art follow the same color scheme and painting style as that project, tying the entire room's art together in a cohesive theme.

I knew I wanted these pieces to be simple, yet bright and bold. I found inspiration through Pinterest (of course!), falling in love with this DIY artwork, and decided to build a "collection" around this idea. I loved how simple painting simple lines in several colors from the same palette looked. So, I decided to mimic this piece in a pink palette and a blue palette, then create another piece that blended the two colors together.

DIY Final Bedroom Artwork

Now, getting down to how I made them.

I started with the white, RIBBA picture frames that I recently purchased on an Ikea trip. I knew this was the size of frames that I wanted for the space (approximately 20x20, each), so I made my art to fit my frames. I use Canson Mix Media paper, which I purchase from Micheal's.

DIY Artwork Paper

I cut the three pieces of paper to fit my frame, then taped them to a DIY Art board that Justin made me. It's just a spare piece of MDF that we had laying around the garage, but you can easily tape your artwork down to a spare piece of wood, or even your table if you use blue painters tape! You'll definately want to tape your pages down to keep the paper from warping or curling too much.

DIY Artwork Set Up

Using BASIC Acrylic Paint from Micheals , I started mixing a very small amount of each color that I wanted to use. Since I was only doing one stripe of each color, I barely needed any paint at all.

Basics Paint
For all these paintings, there really isn't a wrong way to paint it. So don't stress, and have fun with it!! For the two stripe paintings, it was literally as easy as getting paint on your brush, swiping a big line, and then rinsing off that color paint to move onto the next color. My only tip for these paintings is to paint all the colors while everything is wet. Don't allow the paint to dry before moving onto the next color.

For the center photo, I wanted each color block to be distinct from the next, so I did allow for the paint to dry between each color.  And again, there's no rhyme or reason for how or why I painted these color blocks the way I did, so give yourself some freedom to have fun!

DIY Artwork

After a couple hours of dry time (depending on how thick your paint is) they were ready to be put into their new Ikea frames and hung on the wall!

Project Time: 40 minutes
Project Cost: $60 for three Ikea frames, $0 for art*

*Since I already had my paper and paint, the artwork itself costed me $0.   If you needed to purchase the paper and a few colors of paint, you're looking at around $38 for the artwork.

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  1. Can't believe they were DIY kayla! Nice job!

  2. I love it! I think I may try this in my living room... I have a very bare wall screaming for something!

  3. These turned out so great! I've actually seen online shops selling art of this exact style for quite a bit of dough! But yours look amazing! Plus, custom! Heck yeah!

    Came over from the Blissful Bee link party and I'm so glad I did! You're style totally jives with me! (Sorry, when I get excited I throw around really out of date words :D )

    PLUS! I've never found anyone who has a similar blog layout to me! Small-ish logo in the left top corner, then BAM! content right at the top. I was so worried when I made that template choice but now I love it and it looks great here too!

  4. This is awesome! The paintings look fantastic! Love the look you went for!

  5. Hi Kayla! First of all, let me tell you that your whole master bedroom remodel is GORGEOUS! I love, love, love this artwork and you have convinced me that I can actually create some paintings of my own, so thank you!

    - Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body

  6. I love how easy, affordable and awesome this project is! Pinning this for sure! I will be featuring it in the next Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop this Sunday night at 8pm Central time. Hope you can come back and party with us again!

  7. So simple and yet so gorgeous. I think even I could do that artwork but would have never though to try until seeing this post. Really great job!
    Sonnet from SohoSonnet Creative Living

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  9. I'm definitely saving your bedroom as a inspiration for my next house..

  10. Love it! Still afraid I will somehow mess it up, but you did a wonderful job! Might have to be brave and try this!!

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