Hey friends! I'm here to share a fresh idea for DIY wall art today. In January I always get the itch to refresh our living spaces one room at a time. Just ask Jeremy! All I want to do is move things and repaint. I think it's an instinctive way to distract myself from the cold weather months. I need PROJECTS!
Here's how I made this wall art using their oil pastels:Step 1: Use oil pastels to draw fun patterns on watercolor paper. Use matching shades (I used blues and teals) as well as white (it's gonna look awesome in step 2, I promise!). Each pattern should be a little bigger than 3×4 inches wide.Step 2: Use watercolor paint (or watered down acrylic paint) to lightly glaze over the oil pastel patterns. The pastels will act as a wax resist revealing pretty patterns.
Note: You can make this art as big as you want. But whatever size you choose (mine is 11×14), do twice that size in patterns so you have a lot of options for your collage.Step 3: Allow your watercolor paint to dry completely.
Step 5: Adhere the pieces to one big piece of paper (mine is 11×14, and I went a little over the edge, so it would fit well behind the matte) using glue dots.Step 6: You can go ahead and frame it as is, or add a quote! If you want a quote, use letter stickers to create a fun phrase. I like to cut out the letters, so I can practice my spacing before I begin adhering them to the art.Step 7: Matte your new artwork. Oooh, it's looking so good!
As a special little bonus to finish out our Pentel collaboration, one lucky reader will win their own little art pack of all the Pentel products we used here on the blog in this series: Oil Pastels, Fabric Fun Dye Sticks, Water Colors, White Marker.
Just visit Pentel's site, pick out your favorite product, and tell us how you'd use it in the comments. Giveaway is open until January 22, and the winner will be contacted shortly after.
Good luck! Have a great day. xo. Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson