I Made An Art

It looks…fine. It’s fine.

When I was a teenager, I got a large poster of Starry Night. And it made me the coolest and most intellectual teenager who ever had a Van Gogh poster that they thumbtacked to the wall in their room. At some point my uncle made a frame to hang it in. Just when I thought it couldn’t get more impressive! But after a while the charm wore off and I was ready for something new. Which quickly bring you up to speed with this current DIY art project.

The Inspiration Picture

I took the ol’ Van Gogh, cut off the border and hung it elsewhere. Then, I painted the cardboard backing that came with it with white acrylic. Honestly, it would probably be better to get a nice sheet of paper from the craft store, but I just didn’t want to make the trip.

My idea was to create something kind of abstract, possibly geometric, with blues, greys, creams, golds and the like. This is going to hang in our bedroom, so I want it to feel chill. I started up another episode of “One Day at a Time” on Netflix aka the make me cry show, and I started layering. Here’s the process.

I let it dry overnight, but I was already feeling meh about how it turned out the moment I was done. I overdid it and used too many colors. Maybe I should have stuck to just blues? I used a picture for inspiration, but I’m starting to think I should have looked up a tutorial. But then it’s like…shouldn’t I know how to do this? Who needs a video to paint lines? (I do) I decided to put it back in the frame and see if it looked better on the wall. It took me about a week to hang it, which is pretty good consider how long it took me to hang everything else I our apartment.

Framed and hung. I don’t like it, though, which lucky for you means there will be a part 2 of this project. I think I went overboard with my color palette. Also, the cardboard is kind of warped. And now that I’m looking at it, my lines are not straight. I really should get a firmer backboard and a nice piece of paper. I really just cut every corner I could, lol. But without knowing what I was getting into, I wasn’t ready to spend much money on it. For now, it’s back to the Pinterest boards for more inspiration. Not every week is a roaring success, but I’m glad I tried this out. Otherwise I’d always be curious about it. I may try this technique again on a smaller scale and see what happens. I’d love to see any DIY art ideas you have in the comments below!

I Did One Thing This Week

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A slow journey to being less of a garbage person, one week at a time. Suggestions welcome (needed). Author: Andrea K. @andreacanhaz

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