Create / Enjoy: In which I pretend to be a painter. DIY zigzag ikat wall art!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In which I pretend to be a painter. DIY zigzag ikat wall art!

I pretended to be a painter for this DIY project... cuz I needed to! I was really hoping for a super large art piece to put above our couch, but didn't know what or what colors or where I would find it... so I decided I'd paint my own. But large canvases are pretty expensive, so when I found this very odd but HUGE painting at Goodwill (half off!), I picked it up and remade it.

Before/after!

It was great to be able to pick the colors--although that was pretty hard, too. There's nothing else in the room to dictate the colors, so I could have picked anything! Aack, pressure! I did have the curtain fabric picked out, though (pics to come!)... but was also trying to make it less girly and more husband-friendly. I showed him some pictures of abstract art and pretty paintings, and he didn't like the really abstract ones; he liked the ones that had clear patterns or were clearly supposed to be something. So I did sort of a zigzag ikat-ey thing.

Here it is above our couch.

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  1. What a great idea! Looks awesome above your couch! I really like your black & white striped pillows too! :)

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  2. Hey, that looks pretty cool!

    I also wanted to say that I keep getting a McAfee "dangerous site" kinda warning when I stop by to check your blog - I don't know if it's just my laptop acting up or if you want to check out whether something nasty is infecting your site!

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    1. Uh oh, how weird, I wonder why! Thanks for letting me know!

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  3. It looks so great above your couch!

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  4. WOW! The picture looks great above you sofa!

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  5. I love it. LOVE. You did an amazing job! Colors are so pretty too.

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  6. Looks great! I love the ikat pattern. And, the best thing about something like that... you get bored of it, you can repaint!

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  7. Ooh lovely! And brilliant -- I have been getting a lot of crap from my co-workers for my office full of blank walls, and this might be the perfect approach for sprucing up my white room.

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  8. I love this! Nice work. I'm trying to get more crafty myself! I am working on a Fall wreath currently.

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  9. Great job! I love the size of this piece, it fills your wall nicely!

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  10. I get your nerves! We move this weekend and all I have going into our living room is neutral colors (black tables and black/brown couch). I have an unfinished side table to paint and then walls to cover with colorful pictures (since we're trying to avoid painting). HOW on earth did you decide on colors!? I get overwhelmed just thinking about it. I love the tealy green and maroon though. very warm and cozy looking :D

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    1. Thanks! I looked at paint chips and tried to combine 3-4 of them till I got a palette I liked, then recreated it with acrylic paints. It was hard though, with almost no other colors decided! I think you just have to find something you love and decorate around that! Good luck moving!!

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  11. I love this! I paint a lot and I'm always disappointed at how people think they need special skills to make art. I love how you just went for it and it turned out beautifully. You're an artist!

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    1. So nice to hear that!! Thanks and thanks for sharing your pro perspective!

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  12. Love it! You are so creative and talented! Congratulations!

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