Make Your Own Initial Wall Art
Modern art made simple! It just takes a couple straightforward techniques, bold letters, and a pleasing palette. We chose the letter A and shades of green—you choose what works for you. It's so easy even older kids can join in the fun.
Materials To Get You Started
-Pencil, ruler, and scissors
-Thin cardboard (ie cereal box)
-Assorted pieces of fabric (this example only uses linen)
-Assorted colors of acrylic or watercolor paint
-Assorted pieces of pattern paper
-Green and white cardstock
-3D foam mounting adhesives
-10-inch box frame
Measure and cut three strips of cardboard, three rectangles from watercolor paper, and three rectangles from patterned paper that are about 10 inches by 1/2 inch. The strips do not have to be measured exactly. They can vary slightly in size from one another.
Fun with Fabric
Using scissors, cut three pieces of fabric that are a bit larger than the trips cut in the previous step. Brush the cardboard rectangles with a thin layer of glue and attach the fabric to the unprinted side of the cardboard. Cut the excess fabric around each rectangle and once it’s dry cut strips that are 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches long.
Place a bit of green (or any color that pleases your palate!) and white paint in a small container. Do not mix the colors. Using the sponge, dab a combination of both colors of paint on the watercolor paper. The distribution of the colors will be uneven and look very textured.
Wait for the paint to dry and cut the strips down to rectangles similar in length to the strips in step 2.
Cut the strips of patterned paper into rectangles that are similar in length to the pieces cut in steps 2 and 3.
Create the Base
Draw and cut out a 4 1/2-inch square from the green cardstock. This will be the base on which the artwork will be put together. The hue should go well with the chosen color scheme.
Glue the rectangles to the base in random order, rotating between the watercolor, patterned paper, and fabric rectangles. Let some rectangles hang over the edges of the base and don’t worry if the background shows through a bit. Continue adding rectangles until they have all been used and cut any excess pieces that hang over the edges.
Print and cut out the outline of a bold letter that is at least 2 1/2 inches tall on to white cardstock. The simpler looking the font the easier it will be to cut out the letter.
A white chipboard letter or one made out of thin wood (painted white) can also be used.
Finish It Up
Glue the letter to the front of the artwork with several pieces of adhesive foam, so that it is elevated over the rectangles in the background. Once everything is dry, glue the artwork in the center of a 10-inch square piece of white cardstock and place it in the box frame.
Now, stand back and admire your lovely work!
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