June Column 2017: Inside Out

May 30 2017

Many interiors can benefit from having art adorning the walls, but it can be prohibitively expensive, particularly larger pieces that have the greatest impact.

Many interiors can benefit from having art adorning the walls, but it can be prohibitively expensive, particularly larger pieces that have the greatest impact. If you can’t decide on a favourite artist, can’t afford to invest or simply like the idea of having a try, why not create your own? It doesn’t matter whether there is artistry in your genes or not, here are some ideas for getting creative even if you don’t have much experience.

One of the easiest ways to inexpensively create a large piece of wall art is to find a metre or so of patterned fabric that you simply love, then gently stretch it across a wooden frame, or staple it onto the back of a piece of wood (ideally padded first with some wadding).  

If you’re feeling really brave, you could try painting your own fabric. I used powder pigments to paint the flowers in this picture, but with an attractive colour palette there is no need to depict anything at all - it can be totally abstract and the colours can be enough. The bleeding of the paint into its neighbouring hue all adds to the effect, and is definitely worth embracing rather than trying to overcome.

A real Jackson Pollock would set you back literally millions, and prints just don’t quite capture the real deal. Making your own would be huge fun and a great way to involve any budding young artists in the family. Simply drip, drop, splish, splash, and spill paint over the largest paper or canvas you can in any colours you like, and for added authenticity, do like the man himself and ride a bike all over it too!

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