DIY Abstract Interior Painting - inspired by Leah Bartholomew
Are you in need of the perfect artwork for a room in your house? Do you want a project that looks fantastic and can even be accomplished with a 5 year old? This project falls into the DIY handmade home realm. As you may know, I love to paint, especially abstracts! I often get the urge to paint more freely and in a meditative way. Color and abstraction really lend themselves to meditation. I recently came across Australian artist, Leah Bartholomew's work and I really fell in love with her style. I am a big fan of color, especially blues and pastels, so I got really excited. Here is a picture of one of her rooms below. One thing that you will love about this project is that you can do it alone, in tandem with your kids!
Abstract Painting Materials
You will want to gather some supplies for your abstract painting. First off, I would like to say that you do not need all of these supplies although paints, paper and glue are essential. I was actually able to clean out my collage paper drawer which consists of wallpapers and construction paper and I was able to re-use in that way.
Studio Time • Process •
Here is where I will loosely summarize what the process looks like for me.
Here are some results from my students!
Later, I added in a pear and an apple! I felt that fruits were easier for my students to draw than flowers. We used tracing paper to draw on, so that background would show through. I added a bit of Modge Podge on top to seal each one. If I were doing the project on my own, I would sketch in botanical illustrations in pencil.
You could also experiment with size. Instead of ordering a set of 3 canvas panels, you could do one large canvas like Leah does - I like this 30" x 40" canvas size for interior art. It would even be fun to create a custom painting using interior paint colors in the room!
I have to share one more of Leah Bartholomew's beautiful pieces with you before you go! So bright and summery, no?
Over the past few years, I have experimented with a variety of textile and surfaces for natural dyes. Indigo is my dye of choice, although I often experiment with botanical prints on fabric too. If you are a natural dyer, artist or simply someone looking to explore textiles in a more sustainable way, then I am going to share my favorite blank textiles for natural dyeing.
As you will see, all of my selections for this round-up are either cotton, linen or silk, which are all natural fibers.
Napkins and Paper Products
Tea Towels and Scarves
Tea towels are another awesome way to get started working with indigo and Shibori techniques. They make amazing accessories for your kitchen. If you wish to go larger or create a personal accessory, then I recommend a scarf!
Pocketsquares, T-shirts and Totes
If you are looking for additional items to dye that might make a great gift, then I highly recommend the items listed below. Pocket-squares make the perfect gift for a man, who likes to accessorize. Kid's t-shirts are a great birthday gift or baby shower gift, while tote-bags are reusable and always come in handy.
DIY TASSEL BASKET AND SNEAK PEAK at our Walnut NIGHTSTANDS
So this week, I am going to share with you 2 DIY projects that I have going on! One was a relatively simple tassel basket, while the other is a much more complex pair of custom walnut nightstands. The tassel basket was a relatively simple project that started at the tassel market in Mumbai about 1 month back. It so much interesting to go an soak in all of the options that were out there.
As many of you might know, leading up to this Spring One Room Challenge, I had been traveling for 20 days throughout India and Japan. Although, for the most part it was a family trip, I gathered tons of artistic inspiration and even squeezed in some design work while abroad. This work led me to the launch of my capsule indigo pillow collection and eventually the tassel market. Check out the picture of the tassel market below!
For the pillows, I really wanted to use chunky ivory wool yarn. Ultimately, I chose to design some tassels of our own. After coming up with this simple ivory design, I started to notice all of the tassel work that is out there and all of the amazing details that make the perfect tassel. You can meet the artist that made all of the tassels that I used in this basket.
I started out by choosing this basket. I'm sure you might have seen it because it has been around for a while now. After looking at many amazing baskets, I decided to use this one, although there were so many others out there. I will be sharing a basket round-up on Monday. This one is affordable, collapsible and the right size to be stowed beneath the DIY nightstand.
To make it look a bit more unique an authentic, I decided to customize it with the handmade tassels. I have seen so many cute pom-pom and tassel baskets out there. I love the way it looks with the ivory tassel against the neutral basket. Next, came the simplest part, I pushed the tie through a small hole in the opening of the basket weave, then I tied a knot in the yarn.
HI, I'M HILARY.
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