DIY Art: Swiped Colors

I discovered this DIY by doing what I do best, pinning. Peace, Love, Pinterest. ammmiright?

DIY Art: Swiped paint art #supereasy #diyart #cheapart #paint

Anyway, this is an extremely easy project, and is super fun to do. It takes no artistic skill at all. Zero, zip, nada. Let me repeat: no artistic skills needed. Sign me up!

Grab a piece of heavy duty paper (if you’re framing your masterpiece) or a canvas. Size doesn’t matter here, folks. I opted for 8 x 10. Then gather paint and paint brushes. I typically use 3 or 4 bottles of acrylic paint, and end up with 5 colors total (I like to add whites, golds, etc. to my paint to create more shades). For the paint brushes, go for whatever you have on hand. But, I think the thicker the stripes, the cooler the finished product looks.

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Super easy #diy art project!

Once you have gathered your supplies and mixed your paints, you are ready to get your hands dirty (well, not really. Like I said, it’s a super easy project). I typically start with the middle stripe, then work my way out. That way the stripes will stay centered on the paper/canvas. Feel free to swipe over your paint stripes more than once. Once you are happy with the first color, dip your paint brush in water and dry off with a paper towel. Pick your next color and continue!

What a fun and easy DIY art project!

Very easy #DiyArt project!

Tip: I like to swipe my paint brush on newspaper or scrap paper to get some of the extra paint off the brush. Once you swipe on the actual piece, it creates a more “feathered” look (like the dark gray swipe in the photo above). Get creative, folks. This is a really fun project!

DIY art: using swiped colors

It may take you a few tries before you get the result you are looking for. As you can see in the picture below, it took me a few tries to get what I ended up framing (middle piece of paper):

DIY Art swiping project

Once you are finished, frame your final project and display it in your home/apartment. You can also lean it against a wall, or display it on a bookshelf! In the picture below, you can see that I placed mine on my window ledge next to my books (check out the DIY wood stump bookends!).

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What you need:

  • Canvas OR thicker piece of paper (if you’re framing), whatever size
  • Paint, preferably 5 different shades
  • Egg carton for mixing paint, optional
  • Paint brush
  • Cup of water for cleaning paint brush
  • Paper towel
  • Frame (optional)
  • Artistic skills

What did I tell ya? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 😉 Post your finished products in the comments below. Happy swiping!

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Wood Stump Bookends

My boyfriend and I were recently tasked with cutting down a dead tree (don’t ask, haha). So, we got out our chainsaws and got to work…just kidding. The tree removal company came out and chopped that bad boy down. We had a ton of wood. Piles and piles and piles. Sure, I love me some good firewood, but I wanted to do something with the wood other than just burn it.

So, that is when I got crafty.

My first idea was to take two giant pieces of the stump and turn them into end tables (that project has been put on hold…but I will be finishing it within the next month or so…stay tuned!). Then I thought about cutting some of the smaller branches and turning them into Christmas tree ornaments (more on that here). After Kyle (bf) finished cutting the wood for the ornaments, there were some leftover scraps. “What could we do with these?” we thought.

Ah-ha! Bookends!

Wood bookends made from a tree branch! Super easy to make. What a great way to bring nature inside!

Wood bookends made from a tree branch! Super easy to make. What a great way to bring nature inside!

Wood bookends made from a tree branch! Super easy to make. What a great way to bring nature inside!

Wood bookends made from a tree branch! Super easy to make. What a great way to bring nature inside!

I’m always trying to think of new ideas when it comes to decorating. I love free or super cheap ways to decorate, too! What are some of your decorating tips? I’d love to hear them — feel free to comment down below!

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For sale! Wood-burned/Stamped Personalized Ornaments

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I am now selling my handmade wood ornaments! They are made with a wood-burning tool (snowflakes) and/or stamps (words, names, sayings such as “Merry Christmas”, “Let it snow!”, etc.)! All ornaments are double-sided and are personalized per your request! They are great to give to your family and friends for the holidays and add a nice touch to your wrapped gifts!

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All snowflakes are made by hand with a wood-burning tool. They are unique, but hey! They are in real life, too. 🙂 If you have a type of snowflake you would like me to design, just send over a picture! 
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They also make for great gift tags!
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Incorporate them into your gift wrapping!
Handmade wood ornaments
New option! Add this beautiful stamp to one side of your ornament. I just love how you can see the pattern of the wood within the stamp itself! (also, coming soon…a bicycle stamp!)

A ton of orders have already been placed! Since they take some time to make, I will only be taking orders for the next week or so. If you are interested, please follow the steps below:

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*Please note that shipping & handling will be applied to the total cost. I am located in Chicago, but also make frequent trips to the West suburbs, so a drop-off can be arranged if needed.

Thank you all for your support. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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