June 3, 2014

IMPRESSIONISM INSPIRED HERRINGBONE ART

Art has been an interest of mine since I was very young. I remember being 6 or 7 and knowing the different styles of art, and having little greeting cards with different Picasso works on them. I was such a normal child.

Impressionism has always been my favorite style. Something about the brush strokes and how romantic they are. I love how a simple pond can take on thousands of colors in the sunlight. I could look at artwork for hours. For a hot minute I even thought about studying art history in college.

I love to incorporate prints into our home decor, but I also like to try my (very unskilled) hand at taking influences and bringing them into my own art work. We had a bare wall in our bedroom that was begging for some attention, so I thought I could try to blend my love of impressionism with something trendy.

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I started this project by painting two canvases (the canvases were the only things that I bought for this whole project). For the colors, I wanted something that would go with the colors of our bedroom (duh) so my inspiration was Monet's Water Lillies.

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This was my inspiration for this project in terms of taping. I've had this image pinned to my "Apartment" board for a couple of years now. I started out taping one pattern (like the brick pattern in the pin) but quickly got frustrated because I couldn't get it even AT ALL. I may have a little bit of OCD. To tape a herringbone pattern, I started with the vertical lines, dividing the canvas into 4 sections. I then eyeballed diagonal lines making the herringbone. I decided to leave some random pieces out, to create a little bit more visual interest.

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Once everything was taped, I gave everything a few good coats of white spray paint before peeling off the tape. I decided to hang these horizontally on the wall, since I think they look better that way.

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These go so well with our bedroom color scheme. They were an easy and cheap way to bring some color and visual interest to the walls, which are a weird, fleshy beige color that you always get in a rental. They were very easy to make, and pretty stress relieving too. Most of the steps were done while I listened to The Goldfinch on audiobook.

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15 comments:

  1. Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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  2. Love this! I love herringbone and that you used Monet as inspiration :) Great job!

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  3. I LOVE this Alex! The effect behind the herringbone is SO lovely! Thanks so much for sharing at Linkn' Blogs this week!

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    1. Thank you Kristi! I'm glad you liked it. :)

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  4. love the colors makes for a relaxed feeling in the bedroom thanks for sharing visiting from anything goes hop have a great weekend

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    1. Thank you! It is still a work in progress, and I am always very limited by living in a rental. But that was the idea! Enjoy your weekend as well :)

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  5. Love the soft color. What an easy way to create my own unique art. I may be trying this for our bedroom!

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    1. Thanks! You could probably do it with any color scheme and any pattern. If you do it, I'd love to see it!

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  6. This is so pretty and creative! Thanks for linking up to Something Fabulous Wednesday!

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    1. Thanks Jamie! You host a great party :)

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  7. Wow, great job, those look really good!

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    1. Thank you :) They add a nice touch to that blank wall.

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  8. You've been featured at Link'n Blogs! Stop by to see your feature and link up more fab projects.
    http://iputabirdonit.blogspot.com/2014/06/linkn-blogs-29.html

    xo
    Daniela
    Put A Bird On It

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  9. Love the effect you've achieved here. The stark white looks great against the pastel background :)

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    1. Thank you! It ended up being the perfect addition to our bedroom décor.

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