DIY WALL ART – THEME BASED
I am here with an interesting and easy wall art idea. Don’t judge me, lately I am obsessed with this “WALL ART”. But this time with a twist as it is “THEME BASED”. I took up this challenge and tried it for my personal use. I am sharing with you because it is so simple, easy and cheap also it came out with great look! So why don’t you try? And this post is all about step by step guide for easy DIY wall art of a tree.
Before jumping into the project, let us talk about the benefits, which I experienced.
BENEFITS OF WALL DECORATION WITH ART
- The first thing, I experienced is, the wall became so “bright, attractive and vibrant”, otherwise, it is old boring wall.
- Next, you can customise your own space with your favourite art. It eventually lifts your mood, when you are down also brings positivity.
- With wall art, It may not only be images, you can also paint your favourite quotes, that motivates you. In my case, the wall has “FEED YOUR FIRE”. Or simply the words you like.
You can check out my previous post about the random things I liked. – simple wall decor
This image is a quick view of my previous post of random wall art.
- The BIG thing, you can save money from costly decorative things. Even the stencils are costly ranging from Rs.200 – Rs.5000.
- If you prefer, DIY wall art, then you will feel relaxed.
- Not only Wall art, any kind of art can bring peace and sometime may inspire you. You will feel happy in your space.
- TRUST ME, you will find it really FUN to play with colours.
IDEA – THEME BASED
The basic idea of this challenge is, to recreate your boring empty space / wall into bright and happy!
RULES FOR THIS ART CHALLENGE
- Imagine how you want your space to be. Describe in four words minimum.
- Now choose one thing that satisfies all your description.
For the above description, you can choose, Guitar, Music player, Tape recorder, Music notes, Piano or anything.
In my case :
I found all these in TREE. So I went for a simple tree.
DIY – TREE – WALL ART
DETAILED STORY OF MY WALL ART
I am not a Wall Art expert. Just tried and became obsessed. Now jumping into the story of how to wall art a SIMPLE TREE.
The basic requirements are
- Wall / canvas / anything you prefer.
For this project, I used the following. I hereby enclose links to each product I used, that you may find online in AMAZON.
- PAINT – Fevicryl acrylic paint
- BRUSHES – Faber-castell tri grip synthetic round brush
- SCISSORS – Godrej : hobby and craft scissors
- X-ACTO KNIFE – precision knife
- DOUBLE SIDED TAPE – a simple double side tape
- MARKER – Camlin – black permanent marker
- PENCILS – Artline black beauty pencil
- ERASERS – Apsara non dust erasers.
- Colour papers
- Some rough paper and pen.
Before you start, take a rough paper and sketch what you are trying for. Either it is stencils or free hand drawing. If you are using colours, then colour your rough plan, as it will help you in choosing colours.
For reference, you can use any image you find perfect. I used pinterest for my art. As I am not an expert, this planning helped me a bit. Planning beforehand can always avoid mistakes.
STEPS FOR DIY WALL ART – TREE
CLEAR / CLEAN THE WALL
Just wipe using dry cloth or if already have any pictures hanging, clear it. Lay newspapers in the floor below.
I chose the particular wall of my room, because this orange wall looked dull and lifeless. Moreover, this is the place where I work, so I needed to be vibrant.
I particularly selected the left side of the wall, and painted half tree from the cupboard.
First sketch your image / tree as you wish, using pencils. This will help us guidelines when we start to paint. Or you can directly paint.
I sketched very lightly because if I make mistakes or got any idea, we can erase and correct easily.
When coming to leaves, I wanted the tree to have symmetrical leaves. So, i used the cardboard as stencils. Since it is a DIY, we can customise the shape as our wish.
Here is the step wise instructions of how I made simple DIY stencils or leaf blocks.
Step 1 : First draw a rough shape of the leaf in a card board. You can use real leaf for reference or free hand sketch.
Step 2: Once you approve your leaf shape, cut out the leaf part using scissors.
Step 3: (Optional) You can also cut off the leaf margin, using X-acto precision knife.
Step 4: Arrange the leaves based on the size and shape.
Step 5: Mark the leaf cut outs using numbers based on the shape. This numbering can help you later while drawing leaves.
Once the leaf stencils are ready, start using them as guides and draw the leaves along the branches of your tree.
Trace out the leaves with the bigger leaves at the bottom of the twig / branches and smaller leaves in the upper part.
Once you complete tracing out, start your outline part. Leave the vein part. I wanted it more precise, so instead of outlining with paint, I used marker.
For precise leaf veins, I used black markers. You can also paint leaf veins using small brush.
Instead all this, you can completely paint with one colour and later after the paint dries, you can draw the veins and margins with contrasting colour.
In case, if you choose single colour like I did, before filling, try to complete outlines. This will help preventing confusion.
This is the look after completing the outline of the branches and trunk of the tree.
This following look is after finishing the leaves. And complete outlined look of a tree.
TIME TO PAINT
Now fill the image with the colour, you preferred. I liked my wall to have single colour, So straight picked black paint. I chose acrylic colours as it is fast drying. You can choose whatever paints you want.
Initially, I painted branches and trunk. After completing, it looked so nice to leave to as it is. But went on painting the leaves too.
While painting the leaves, I preferred to leave the margin as it is, without filling. As I loves that look. It highlights the leaves very well.
I preferred adding details to the tree like
- birds nest
- birds silhouette
- birds cage, etc
But I finally, chose a falling twig. It is so attractive and simple.
The final look of the twig after completing outline and filling. Comment below if you like it or have any other ideas.
In the bottom, instead of leaving plain trunk, I drew grass around it. So as a whole the tree looked pleasant and lovely.
In addition to these extra details, you can also add embellishments you like. I used the colour papers to make origami butterfly and added.
These butterflies are simple to make and added 3 dimensional effect to these embellishment. Stay tuned for the next post, to learn how to make these simple and easy DIY butterflies.
Origami butterfly – how to make butterflies?
HOW I USED THESE BUTTERFLIES?
To attach these butterflies to the wall, you can use hot glue gun, glue that you prefer. Here, I used double sided foam tape.
I neatly cut the tape into the desired size and attached inner side of the butterfly.
Then I pressed the butterfly on the wall with little pressure. Then it all set.
COLOURED VS BLACK COLOUR
One of the biggest confusion I had was, Choosing the colour of the butterfly. COLOURED OR BLACK? Comment below which you liked the most!! I tried both of them and here are the pictures.
Since I chose monochromatic tree, I thought same coloured butterfly will suit well.
You can also include realistic butterflies for more attraction. If you are interested in making realistic butterflies then click here : realistic ones!
This is the final look of my work. I am happy of how it came. Can you spot 3 butterflies in the tree?
Do try this simple DIY wall art. If you hesitate to use walls, then try in a canvas or a paper anything you prefer. Also let me know your art by sharing in Facebook, Instagram with #diarytaleart. So that I can see what you came up with.
If you have any queries or liked my work, feel free to leave a comment.
If you are interested in my previous wall art post, then click here : Wall art on a budget.
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