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YHL #147: Make Fun Geometric Art

I gave myself the gift of Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love for Christmas, and I’ve been poring over it ever since.  It’s definitely my favorite book for DIY inspiration!

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I’ve already raved about this book in my January Reading Log – I’m seriously in love with it!  Young House Love is the only blog where I am a little bit of a swimfan – ok, maybe a lot.  I seriously considered buying flight tickets to Portland when they came to the West coast on their book tour, and I’ve actually said to Sam (more than once) that I want to BE Sherry and John Petersik – or more accurately, I want to live the life of a full-time DIY blogger, preferably with a Chihuahua named Burger and a toddler as cool as Clara.  Not in a creepy way, I promise!  I just really, really enjoy their blog and their book.

Anyway, I was excited to try one of their projects, and I decided to start with an easy one that would work with the other canvases I had in mind to spruce up the living room art.  One thing I love about their ideas is that most are super simple to execute – but I never would have thought of it by myself.  Their whole book planted lots of tiny idea seeds about how to repurpose what I already have and incorporate simple design decisions to get the overall look I like.  Clean, modern, colorful – it’s everything I never knew I always wanted!  (Name that movie!)  So the instructions below are all covered in the book and easy to figure out without a tutorial anyway!

Of course, it’s helpful if you have a cat around!

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

Geometric Art

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

Time:  30 minutes tops

Cost: About $15, depending on what you already own (individual prices listed under supplies)

Supplies:

  • tissue paper (I wanted a few different shades of blue, so I found a set of gift wrap on eBay for $3)
  • mod podge ($6)
  • canvas (6×8 costs about $4)
  • foam brush (89 cents)

Instructions:

You can make any shape you want, but I went with fish scales – just like the book suggests.  I even went with similar colors, since I wanted a palette of blues and greens.  Trace a round object on a piece of card stock or cardboard to use as a template.  (I just traced the bottom of the mod podge bottle.)  Use the template to cut circles from a few different colors of tissue paper.

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

Cut the circles in half.  Arrange the half-circles in rows – I played around with an ombre effect from light to dark, but ended up liking a random mix of shades.

To adhere them to the canvas, first use your foam brush to put a little mod podge directly on the canvas.

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

Set the tissue paper in place and gently smooth out any wrinkles so the shape lays flat.

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

After each shape has been attached in place, gently put another layer of mod podge on top of the entire canvas.

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

Let dry, and you’re done!

The Amateur Librarian // Geometric Art

This last little project completed my canvases for our living room wall.  I’m so happy with the fresh new art!

A wrap-up coming tomorrow… here’s a little sneak peek!

The Amateur Librarian

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