After redesigning our home office we moved downstairs to what we like to call our “sitting room”, or multi-purpose room. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this piece of art on Pinterest and I thought, “Yes, I can do that and I know exactly where to put it!”
For this DIY all I used were an assortment of [cheap] craft paints, a large 36×48″ canvas, a tube of acrylic paint in Unbleached Titanium, painters tape, and an assortment of foam and regular paint brushes. Most of this I had laying around the house, minus the canvas and even the canvas I bought at a steal for $15 from Michaels.
This particular project did not start off successfully. I thought it would be a brilliant idea to squirt all the paint on to the canvas at once and use a roller to blend it all in. By the time I was done it was one color … gray. I immediately felt defeated. You might wonder why I would even share my failure if in fact it turns out okay in the end. Because failure in DIY is real, but you can come back and succeed. My best advice, walk away. In my case, I put the caps back on the paint and walked away for a full week.
Upon return from my DIY hiatus I decided to simplify the process. I instead picked a few select colors and just started painting them on to the canvas in random shapes and sizes, but I worked with one color at a time blending the edges into one another. For awhile I was thinking that I was going to have to walk away again, but remembered that I really just needed a good base of color and pattern for the herringbone pattern to go on top of.
After the paint dried (I gave it 24 hours just to be safe), I started applying 5 inch long, 1 inch wide pieces of painters tape in a herringbone pattern. This took the most amount of time because it took a few tries to get the angles just right. Once all the tape was on I removed a few pieces, similar to the original piece that inspired me.
Then, with my acrylic paint I used a foam brush to paint right over the tape, filling in the gaps between the tape. I immediately removed the tape while the paint was still wet, simply because that’s best practice [and I’m impatient].
The result was mostly what I was looking for. I’m not in love with it, but I like it. It does brighten up a poorly sunlit room (as you can see in the photos). I might go back and fill in a couple more spots with the titanium white paint, but this was again a situation in which I forced myself to walk away and gauge how I feel in a couple of weeks. What do you think?