Tuesday, July 17, 2012

{"I did what with paper towels?" chevron art}


So I FINALLY jumped on the chevron bandwagon...I know...I'm a bit slow on the trends.

My mom gifted me with a large canvas awhile back so I decided it was finally time to try my hand at painting some chevron stripes. I started out by painting the entire canvas light blue, and then went to work with my ruler and painter's tape...


And let me tell you...measuring and taping off those chevron stripes was NO picnic for me. I would have probably done a better job if I just eye-balled it. Because my first attempt was a total FAIL. I mean, it looked good when I was  painting the stripes...


But not so much when I removed the tape...


It looks more like a crazy version of Charlie Brown's shirt, right? And the olive green I picked out looked nothing like an olive when it dried.

So I painted over those crazy skinny chevrons and started over.

This time I used what any sensible person would for my template...


That's right, friends. Those are paper towels.

{They're not just for cleaning up salsa}

I don't know whether I'm genius or just weird. But it worked.


They were the perfect size for the stripe width I wanted.

I also switched out the olive green paint, that wasn't quite olive, for a calming gray.


When the paint was dry I added some ribbon around the edges with my hot glue gun to hide the staples and give it a finished look...


And this time it turned out MUCH better.


And just in case you are wondering, it is not decor for our back yard, we just have horrible lighting in our dining room where it is currently living, so I took it outside for a little photo-shoot. :)

It did already make a blog appearance at my Mom's surprise party though...



So have you used a household item like paper towels to help you with an art project? For me, they were much better than doing math. ;)

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9 comments:

One Pork Chop said...

I LOVE that!

Mandy @ This Girl's Life said...

Thanks girl! :)

It's Sooo Fluffy! said...

I really like this! I've been trying to figure out when I'm going to be brave enough to set up my own chevron art in my new place. Thanks for the inspiration!

Tonia B. said...

I love the end results but I'm a tad confused about exactly how you used the paper towels.

Carla said...

Love it! I really love the colors you chose too!

Mandy @ This Girl's Life said...

@Tonia - I guess I wasn't totally clear on that, huh? :) I basically used them as a template and marked with a pencil so I had lines for my tape.

Barb said...

So cute - and I love the colors!

Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings said...

looks great.. thanks for sharing your how to!

Alex said...

Love this!! I have to say a template looks like the way to go - and much easier than all that measuring!

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