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3-D Artwork in 1,2,3

Filed Under: art, Crafts, Crafts & Celebrations

If regular wall art falls flat, consider this simple 3D canvas project. The materials are around your house!

3-D CanvasWayne Nathan Studio. Photo: Courtesy of Nikki Pepper

Looks like an expensive piece, doesn't it? Well, it is. This is just one bright design from Wayne Nathan Studio's room at the Kips Bay Show House. But with your DIY skills, you can make this 3-D canvas right in your home.

Our take on the 3-D canvas involves common materials and a 1-2-3 project mentality. The size depends on where you plan on displaying your artwork, so plan accordingly.

What you'll need:
-A large white canvas
-Shoe boxes of various shapes and sizes
-Painter's tape
-Masking tape
-Multiple paint colors -- think bright and contrasting!
-Paint brushes

How to do it:
1. Start by cutting the boxes at different angles and placing the pieces on the canvas to create interesting shapes. Once you're satisfied with the layout, use the masking tape to adhere the boxes to the canvas. Tape on the interior for a low profile appearance.

2. Now that your surface is ready, place painter's tape on the canvas, going right over the boxes. Create stripes of different widths and don't be afraid to get creative with designs like arrows or zigzags.

3. Time to paint! Let each section dry before removing the painter's tape. Don't want smears! Once dry, move on to your next color. Repeat until your 3-D canvas is brightly striped.

Voila: Homemade artwork ready for the spotlight. Speaking of about installing recessed lighting above your newly created 3-D canvas? Don't be shy; show off your talent.

Looking for more ways to DIY decorate? Save the money, spend your creativity with these projects:
Hardware Store Decor
Decorate with Wall Tape


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