While reading a recent post by Young House Love about their affordable artwork, I realized I should probably share our affordable artwork! Plus, who doesn’t need a jolt of color to make it through these last weeks of winter?
Last spring and summer we were looking for a
little big something to fill the blank wall above our bed. With a king sized bed and 10+ foot ceilings, it definitely had to be something that filled the space and made an impact. But we didn’t want it to significantly impact our bank account.
We really liked the Classical Symmetry prints from Crate ‘& Barrel, but couldn’t fathom spending $369 plus tax and possibly shipping. I considered framing scrapbook paper or fabric, but didn’t see six patterns I liked. I looked for artwork on Etsy, but John and I could never agree on something. We kept going back to those darn C ‘& B prints. Guess that meant I was making them myself!
Gather your supplies. I purchased everything from Dick Blick. Your local craft store should have everything you need:
- Acrylic paint in a multitude of colors
- Stencil brushes
- Stencil film
- Patterns to trace
- X-Acto knife (box cutter also works for simple patterns)
- Cutting board (I used a flattened cereal box)
- High tech water cup to rinse brushes
- Painter’s tape for chevron pattern and to secure stencil to canvas
This Morrocan stencil was made using the template from fresh crush, found via Design*Sponge. And if you’re looking to make some chevron canvases, you can find the tutorial at Makeunder My Life. Jess’s chevron paintings have made quite the splash around the Internet.
|Hard at work with wine glass nearby|
Approximate cost breakdown
And I still have lots of paint, a few leftover stencil films, and can reuse the brushes and X-Acto knife.