The art installation on the cover of the current ReadyMade Magazine got me to to thinking, “hey, we’ve got a blank wall and about $50– it’s time for a weekend art project!”
Using their fancy (and arguably, classier) table box idea as a jumping off point, we opted instead for a quick-fix version to fit our own schedules, budget and the space in the kitchen. Scouring the internet for graphic art, nostalgia (and my limited drawing abilities) dictated an ode to the mixed tape era.
To make your own version, here’s what you need:
6, 24″x 24″x 1/2″ plywood squares (found pre-cut at Home Depot for under $4 ea.)
Base color paint (we used leftovers from when we painted our living room)
Primary color (mini, “sample” can was just enough and was only about $3 )
1 can clear enamel spray
Medium paint brushes
Small, artist brush for detail work
Hanging eye-hooks and wire
Rubber or felt feet (optional, to protect walls)
Graphic picture to copy
Paint all six squares with base color and let dry for a few hours. Meanwhile, print out desired picture from your computer and using a straight edge, draw grid over picture to break it up as it will be in (in larger form) on your wood pieced.
Using a pencil, straight edge and the grid you’ve just made as a general guide, free-hand design on all squares. *Tip: if you choose a design that includes circles, tracing around dinner plates, cups and water bottles makes the process easy and consistent!
Using primary color, paint in your design taking care to leave the negative space in the base color. Use small artist brush to do detail work (and if you’re like me and hate detail work, also get a husband–or friend, or whomever–to do that part). Let dry.
Spray paint a couple of coats of clear enamel over all of the finished pieces. Let dry for about 20 minutes.
Following directions on package, screw in eye-hooks and attach wire. Stick rubber or felt feet on all four corners of each piece.
Install, step back and admire. Viva las pop art!