DIY Wall Art: Triangles

Posted on March 5, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites

There aren't too many things in life more satisfying than hanging your own art in your living room. If you think you can't make your own art, you are WRONG! Making art is easy and fun and there is absolutely no wrong way to do it. I'll give you some tips to make sure all your art projects turn out great.

First, here are my top 3 tips to ensure your DIY art projects come out amazing:

  1. Pay attention to color. It is the single most important part of your art project. You may think you have a good eye for color, and you probably do, but it's harder than you think to translate that into a painting. Either keep it simple with primary colors (like I have for this project) or really plan it out with a trip to Kuler.

  2. Use simple shapes. You don't need to paint a true-to-life portrait of your entire family to call it art. Ever see a really beautiful peice of modern art and think, 'Hey I could have done that!'? Well you can! Stick to simple shapes you know and you're on the right track.

  3. If you don't like it, play with the scale. This is something I want to put to use with this project actually. I love how it turned out, but I think it would be even better if it was GIANT. If you find yourself looking at your peice and there's something just not right about it, chances are it's the scale. Test it out on paper first and play around, make it smaller, make it bigger, make it even bigger. You'll find something that feels right if you trust your instincts.

Here are the supplies you'll need for this project.

  • sheet of acrylic canvas paper, or a stretched canvas
  • paint brush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • painter's tape
  • acrylic paint in primary colors and white

Start by drawing the design in pencil onto your canvas. I divided my canvas up in 3 sections horizontally and then 4 sections vertically. These sections need to be exactly equal, so either cut your paper to a size that works or make sure you buy a canvas that divides up easily. Next I drew my diagonal lines, connecting corners along the way.

Next, plan out where you're colors are going. You can use my template here, but basically you just want to make sure that no triangles of the same color are touching. If they're touching, you won't be able to tape them off in a way that lets you do all triangles of the same color at once.

If you look closely, you'll notice I actually switched the colors on the last row of mine by accident. See, there's no right way to make art!

Now tape off all the 3's with painter's tape and start painting. You can use the blue as it comes in the jar. I added a little white to start off with.

Pull the tape off as soon as you're done painting. Don't let it dry.

Now just keep going! You'll be surprised how fast each color dries if you use a thin, even coat. To get the next color, just keep adding white.

Keep it up for the next 2 colors and before you know it, you're done! It's a great project to do while watching a good movie.

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Well I hope you enjoyed this DIY. You can see how easy it is to create your own art. If you make some triangle art, I'd love to see it!

I have another geometric art project coming up soon, also using primary colors. I think you're really going to like it, so keep checking back!