Today we are sharing our projects for Week 3 of the Inspired Design Challenge. West Elm was our inspiration for the week and I am excited to reveal our latest DIY!
As you know, we are collecting items for our very first gallery wall in our home. I really want this wall to speak to who we are as a family. I’ve been printing photos, collecting art, making things, and this August we will be revealing our gallery wall.
I have loved this West Elm Abstract Art Collection since the first time I saw it:
This project cost us less than $15 which I love because the West Elm version was a lot more than I was willing to pay.
To build the canvas:
• A canvas drop cloth (I got mine at Lowes) Super inexpensive!
• wood for frame from the Lumber Dept. 12 ft for a 3 x 2 1/2 foot frame
• wood screws and drill
• staple gun and staples
There are several ways to build a frame for your canvas, from trial and error we have learned to add corner pieces to ensure a sturdy and level frame.
My boys were excited to paint with me. We took it outdoors since the weather has been absolutley gorgeous!
We just used the art and craft paint we already had on hand. We didn’t use any fancy brushes, just basic craft brushes. I made the first brush stroke and we took turns painting line after line.
Once we got our black brush strokes painted, we followed with white brush strokes, filling in and blending all the gaps.
I am still recovering from being sick all week, but this was a fun low-key activity that I could do with the kids. I love that we made this together and that it will be the key piece to our gallery wall.
I think we did pretty darn good! I haven’t decided on how I want to frame it yet. My first instinct is gold, but I may change my mind.
I really love the contrast and texture. Layering the paint worked really well. I showed the boys the inspiration image and they felt like professional little artists. They were so proud. A nice little memory for us to share and I love that we all worked together to create it.
Are you ready to see the rest of the Week 3 projects?
1. Jennifer from Brave New Home
2. Lindsay from Life of Splendor
3. Angie from Angie’s Roost
4. Sara from Embrace My Space
Next week is Anthropologie! Always a great source for inspiration!