Painted DIY wall art is an easy and inexpensive way to add color and pattern to a room. The best part about it, you can do it yourself! For under $100, I created this insanely awesome (if I do say so myself) looking design above our mantel in our study using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector.
I seriously had no idea what I was going to create but when 3M said, “be bold and be brave” I said, “ok, you got it!”
Paint colors of your choice
Smaller artist brushes
First, start with your blank wall space. I used a level and drew a very faint pencil line to create my border. You can lay your tape free hand but I don’t recommend it. Take an extra 5 minutes and use a level to create straight even lines.
Once your pencil line (border) is added, use your ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to create your border as shown below.
Next, I added a piece of tape across about 3/4 of the way down from the top (#1). I then added the tape coming in from each corner (#2).
At this point, I just began taping randomly and trying out designs. It took me about three hours of adding and removing tape to get a look that was acceptable. Guess what, if you use this tutorial to create something exactly like this or similar, the taping process should only take you about 30 minutes. It is so easy! You can see below, I added a piece of tape coming down from the top to connect the two points from my previous step (#3). Then added #4, #5 and #6.
We are almost done! The next steps are #7 and #8. Be sure to alternate the tape for #7 and 8 as shown below.
When adding the tape for step 9, be sure to line up the middle (#9) with the line of tape above and tape the other two along side about 2 inches apart. Don’t worry about getting it exact, it will look fabulous!
Step 10, add two pieces of tape on an angle as shown below.
Step 11, simply add 4 pieces of tape on an angle to each side as shown below.
Viola, now you just need to choose your paint colors and start painting! I decided to match each color on each side and above and below. For example, if I used yellow on the top, I also used it on the bottom. This creates visual contrast and addd texture to the wall art.
I used random paint that I had around the house from previous projects and picked up a few smaller crafting paint containers at my local craft store. I let the paint dry for a full day before I removed the tape. Be sure to go slow when removing the tape. I was pleasantly surprised how crisp the edges were after I removed the tape.
You can either do color coordinating neutrals, bright bold opposites or simply pick 3 different colors and alternate them. There are no rules when you are creating your own DIY wall art. When I chose my colors, I took into consideration what the room is used for. It is a study/playroom/adult tv area so I wanted the colors to be bright but not little kid looking. I decided to use browns and golds to tame down the bright oranges, blues and yellows.
Whether you are painting your own DIY Wall Art, painting stripes on a wall or painting a door with a glass insert, 3M ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape have you covered in the painters tape department. This particular project only required using one type of tape but don’t be afraid to use a slimmer lined tape to create a variety of line sizes.
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Disclosure: I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.