April 11, 2012



I've been living in my apartment since September, and while I love the layout, the size of my room, the porch, my roommate, practically everything-- I've complained since day one that I hate the location with a passion. Because I always had the idea stuck in my brain that I was "going to move again soon anyway", I have refused these past months to do much in the way of settling in. I painted initially, and bought necessary furniture, but my art supplies have remained disorganized (still need to tackle that), and I have avoided putting any nails in my walls. Most of my art is still leaning against the far wall of my bedroom, which is sad really because it's all so lovely and should be enjoyed at eye level.

Recently it's started sinking in that I might not actually be moving at the end of my lease in August, for a number of reasons I won't delve into. So I started small- I hung a jewelry rack up to display all my necklaces. Next, I wanted to tackle the huge blank space above my bed. None of my existing framed pieces were right, so I decided to make something. I wanted something big and bright that would say "Hello! Be happy!". The end result is the piece above. Read on for instructions....



1. I started with a stack of small watercolor paintings that people had left behind at work- I work in a studio and sometimes visitors come in, make things, and don't take them home after their visit. Cost- free! If you're curious about making some yourself, the paper was inexpensive school grade watercolor paper, the watercolors were liquid watercolors from Discount School Supply online, and most of them were created with the wet-on-wet technique for that tie-dye look. (Wet your paper with water first, then apply the watercolors).
2. I haphazardly cut all of the small paintings into triangles of various sizes. I didn't measure or worry about straight lines, which I think adds to the slightly wonky charm of the final product.
3. I bought a 24x24 inch economy canvas from Blick. Cost- $12.99 on sale. I painted it with some leftover white paint I had on hand in my hall closet from when I painted my trim.
4. After the canvas dried, I laid out all of the triangles first so I could get the positioning I wanted. Lastly, I carefully glued them all down then glazed them all down with Mod Podge. The Mod Podge was also something I had on hand. Total cost of this project for me= $12.99 (plus tax). Yipee, inexpensive wall art!

21 comments:

  1. Wow...I am seriouly in love...this is freaking gorgeous...

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  2. This is such a great idea - thank you. I've been wondering what to do with my 4 year old's paintings and colorings that she takes home every day from school (I can't throw them away because I would feel too guilty!!) and this is perfect! On my way to the craft store after work to grab everything I need. Thank you again!!

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    1. Glad you like it, I'd love to see a picture when you're done!

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  3. Hi!
    I just found this as someone pinned it over on Pinterest!
    Beautiful idea! I need something like this over my own bed, it looks like something I could make!
    Thanks for creating something so DIY and inspiring :)

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    1. the above-the-bed spot can be tricky, especially if you're low on funds. glad you enjoy the idea. :)

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  4. thank you for sharing, it looks very effective. I really like this idea and am going to try it very soon to add some colour to my boring cream walls!
    I tried to make another canvas with confetti like circles on it and used white school glue (which I think is like Elmer's to you in the USA - is Elmer's PVA?) to glue them down and then Mod Podge over the top...the circles kept lifting. Did you use M P to glue your shapes down first or Elmer's type glue?

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    1. I used mod podge to glue them down first, yes, then put another layer or so over top. If you're using thicker watercolor paper, you might want to use stronger glue to glue them down. My triangles don't lie perfectly flat, but that's part of the crafty look I suppose. You can't tell unless you're really up close.

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  5. I love the colours! Thanks for sharing. Your piece of art makes me smile.

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  6. This is so beautiful! I have been wanting to get into water colors, and this makes me want to do it now! :)

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  7. Kate-This is a great idea. Could you give us a rough estimate of the size you cut your triangles? Thanks!

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    1. Hmm, size really varied. The larger triangles are about the size of a tennis ball, and the smallest ones are more the size of the head of a teaspoon? There's no rhyme or reason to it, just cut randomly. I find it helps to cut more than you need so then you can pick and choose which ones work best compositionally. I'd love to see if you make one!

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  8. I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your project! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/watercolor-mosaic-collage/

    Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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    1. Thanks for the feature! Glad you enjoy the idea.

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  9. This is great! I have recently started using watercolours and this is a great way to make use of the pages I hate, haha.
    Thanks!

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  10. Beautiful! Great way to play with watercolours!

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  11. Love this! It kinda reminds me of a kaleidoscope :)

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