In the 1980's, it was all about big art. Wall-size paintings were the sign of being "with it". At the moment, the reverse is true. Hip houses host collections of small framed art pieces that cover entire walls, or parts of walls. 2013 is the year of the vignette. Nobody fancy said that; it's an observation I'm making. It's not even trendy anymore to create vignettes on your walls of many pictures; it's almost normal. Since we all want to be almost normal, let's have a look at ways to create vignettes of DIY wall art that don't stink. Just kidding. I meant that these wall art projects won't cost you much, and won't eat up all of your time for eternity.
Stretched fabric on wooden artist's panels: Thank you, Martha Stewart's crafts editor, for this idea. What you'll do is mount fabric onto wooden artist's panels, with spray adhesive and staples. The artist's panels can be pricey, so see if you can get a deal buying them in bulk. Fabric remnants are perfect for projects like this. Fabric remnants are a way to decorate with designer fabrics in a very affordable way. Check eBay and Etsy for cute fabric remnants.
Solid color-block panels: All you have to do is paint pre-stretched canvases. There are a lot of ways to do this, but one cool and rather fashionable idea is to paint about 12 canvases, with four in each color of an ombre spectrum. For instance, you'd paint four dark blue, four royal blue, four sky blue, and four light blue. You'd mount them in either rows or columns of same colors to create the ombre effect. This project is good if you are not a professional painter, because it requires very little painting skill. You are just covering a canvas in one solid color. You could even spray paint the canvases.
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