I discovered this DIY by doing what I do best, pinning. Peace, Love, Pinterest. ammmiright?
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.
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!
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!
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):
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!).
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)
What did I tell ya? Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 😉 Post your finished products in the comments below. Happy swiping!