DIY Spring-Inspired Abstract Wall Art

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DIY spring-inspired abstract wall art

This month, the Craft Challenge is a Springtime craft. I was originally planning to make Duck Tape flowers, but I changed my mind.

Spring is a time to get out of the depression of the cold winter months. That means blooming flowers, bright colors and spring cleaning. The best way to tie all of that together seemed best displayed in a painting.

I chose these colors because they remind me most of spring. Typically, spring colors are all pastel. I don’t think they have enough contrast though. I wanted some dark blues, bright pinks and dark purples to offset the pastels.

Want to give it a shot? Keep reading.

abstract wall art materials

Abstract Painting Materials

  • Cup
  • Water
  • Canvas
  • Paint board
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels

 

acrylic paint drops

Step 1: choose your paint

Drop a few blobs of each color of paint on your board.

 

abstract paint strips

Step 2: paint

Start with your lightest colors. Use a brush about the width in the image above or slightly larger. I used the same brush the whole way through the painting.

Tip: paint different shapes for a more intriguing design.

Be sure to rinse the brush before moving on to another color.

 

pastel abstract painting

pastel paint strokes

Step 3: layer the colors

Randomly paint shapes with your colors. Some should be painted directly beside another color and some in the negative space.

By the way, don’t be afraid of negative space. Leave some white spaces on the painting. It helps to lighten the rest colors.

Make sure you let each color dry before applying another color next to it.

 

abstract painting tutorial

Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, chaotic mess of color on your canvas. It’s exciting, right?

Get it hanged up and add a pop of color to any room in your house.

To those of you who celebrated, Happy Easter. To those of you who don’t, Happy Spring!

Either way, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I’d love to see your spring-inspired paintings.

Be sure to check out the other Craft Challenge bloggers’ DIY projects!

Check out Emily’s beautiful wire flower on canvas and Erika’s springtime craft, too!

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DIY Washi Tape Laptop Skin

Washi Tape Laptop Cover

I’ve been on a fancy tape kick for the past few weeks. I’ve been using decorative Duck Tape and Washi Tape on everything… pencils, boxes, my sketchbook, etc.

I’d been in the market for a skin for my laptop, but it’s about 7 years old and will probably need replaced soon, so I was contemplating whether it was worth the money. Of course, if I can find a way to make my own, I’m certainly going to. This was no exception. Guess what I used.

Yep, Washi Tape.

Why I chose Washi Tape:

  • It’s cheap (and I have a lot of it)
  • It provides a protective cover
  • It’s easy to remove and leaves no sticky residue

So, why not try to make my own computer skin with it?

Exactly, there’s no good reason not to.

If you want to spice up your laptop and have a few bucks to buy some decorative masking tape, keep reading!

DIY computer skin materials

Washi Tape Laptop Skin Materials

  • Scissors
  • Laptop
  • Washi Tape

 

Washi Tape laptop skin

Step 1: your Washi Tape

All you have to do is measure out your tape and cut it off at the edges.

Layering in pretty colors and patterns makes a nice skin.

When you’re finished, it should like something like the image below.

 

DIY laptop skin

I love how the Apple logo shines through the tape. It looks neat, especially with the bird pattern.

 

Washi Tape Laptop Cover

You could do it in all one color or just stick with a similar pattern.

Let me know what you think! Is there a pattern or color you’d prefer?

Happy crafting 🙂

 

DIY Desk Organizer From A Cereal Box

DIY desk organizer from a cereal box

I’m not a hoarder of all things; I don’t like to have a lot of possessions, but I do tend to hoard notebooks and sketchbooks like a madwoman. I know I’ll use them, so if I find good ones on sale I’ll buy them. Before I know it, I have stacks of them all over my desk. No one hates piles of stuff more than I do. That’s when I decided I needed a desk organizer.

I thought about buying one, or ten, but thought, I can make that myself. If I can upcycle something to make it, that’s even better!

I started digging for cereal boxes and found one that would fit (size wise) most of my notebooks. Perfect.

If you want to make one, you can follow along with my tutorial below. You don’t need much and it doesn’t take long.

DIY desk organizer materials

DIY Desk Organizer Materials

  • scissors
  • weights*
  • cereal box
  • Duck Tape
  • Hot melt glue and gun

*Weights are optional.

 

cut cereal box

Step 1: cut the cereal box

Cut the cereal box at an angle like in the image above. This is going to serve as the base for your organizer.

 

Weights for organizer

Step 2 (optional): add weight

You don’t have to add weights if you don’t want to. I was worried about the notebooks being too heavy and causing the organizer to tip over.

I used small tiles, but you can use whatever you want.

 

Duct Taped cereal box

Desk organizer with Duct Tape

Step 3: Duck Tape

Layer the Duck Tape onto the cereal box. Start with the solid color and then add the designer tape. Keep going until the box is covered.

I added tape around the rim as well to polish it off.

 

DIY desk organizer from a cereal box

When you’re finished, you’re notebooks and papers will have a home and your desk will be organized! For me, that’s a huge sigh of relief.

I’m thinking about making a few more. What do you think? Do you have a favorite Duck Tape design that you might use for this?

I was considering the woodgrain or black and white flower design.

 

DIY Distressed Wood Earring Hanger

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

I have a ton of earrings.

If you’re a regular follower, you probably recognize a few in the picture from previous DIY tutorials.

You’d think, by now, that I would have found a decent solution to storing all of them, right?

Wrong.

old earring box

This was the solution. Ugh, earrings everywhere. I could never find a match without dumping out the whole pile. I swear I’m not this messy of a person. Disorganization drives me nuts.

Needless to say, it was time for a change.

If your jewelry box looks like mine, please allow me to help you organize it. Follow my tutorial below.

I found a pre-built chicken wire frame at the Pat Catan’s and settled on distressed wood for the design. I really enjoy the look of distressed wood but have never tried to recreate the look on my own. It was much easier than I thought it was going to be.

diy-earring-hanger-materials

Earring Hanger Materials

  • Frame
  • Sealant
  • Sandpaper
  • Chicken Wire
  • Sponge brush
  • Hot melt glue
  • Wooden accents
  • Acrylic paint (3)

If you can’t find a pre-built frame, you can buy a regular picture frame, remove the glass and staple the chicken wire to the frame.

wooden frame - orange

Step 1: paint layer one

Brush on the first layer of paint. Don’t cover everything. Be careless, seriously.

 

frame in red

Step 2: paint layer two

Brush on the second color of paint using the same process in the previous step.

Messy is good.

 

earring hanger wood accents

Step 3: paint the accents

Using the same process, paint the accent pieces.

 

wood frame accents

Step 4: glue the wooden pieces together

When everything is dry, glue the accents onto the frame.

 

earring holder -brown

Step 5: paint layer three

Using a bit more care this time, paint on the final color.

 

distressing wood paint

distressed wood

Step 6: distress the wood

When that last layer of paint is dry, grab your sandpaper and rub it against the wood. You will have to press harder than you think.

Aim for the edges of the frame, right down the center and the accents.

 

wood sealant

Step 7: seal the wood

Brush all of the loose paint flakes from the frame and brush on your sealant.

 

DIY distressed wood earring hanger

Easy peasy! Now you have a beautifully distressed earring  hanger.

I really enjoy the combination of colors. I thought about using blue and green under the brown, but I’m glad I chose the red and orange. They look nice with the brown, don’t you think? Let me know! Leave me comments 🙂

Happy crafting!