Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend. I’m excited to share another DIY project for Make It Monday!
DIY Challenge: Outdated Kids’ Bathroom
My kids’ bathroom has been badly in need of a facelift. When we moved into this house, my son was 9 months old, so we decorated the upstairs kids’ bathroom just for him in an adorable baby/toddler-friendly jungle theme.
Fast forward (seriously: I blinked, even though I was told not to, and suddenly I have big kids!) 9 years later, and the cutesy jungle theme doesn’t cut it for my now 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
I allowed my kids to pick out the new color palette for their bathroom redesign, and they chose grey, white, and blue.
We decided to start by making some DIY wall art using their new color palette to decorate their bathroom.
DIY Solution: New DIY Mosaic Wall Art
Since the new shower curtain and rug the kids’ picked out have modern geometric shapes, I thought it would be fun to create simple, modern mosaic paintings. These are super EASY to do, require little to no actual artistic ability (yay for that!), and thanks to the Liquitex paint markers, as long as your child can hold a marker, he/she can contribute to this DIY wall art project! So it’s a fantastic project for everyone from preschoolers to artistically-challenged adults alike.
Liquitex sent over a fabulous box full of their amazing acrylics to use in various projects. Liquitex makes a variety of acrylic paint products in an amazing array of stunning colors. They have acrylic paints, spraypaints, gels, markers and more — truly everything that artists of all levels could ever need for any home project or professional art piece. Check out some of the super cool things people have done using Liquitex materials in their Inspire section.
I thought the paint markers would be perfect for this particular DIY, since my kids would be helping me paint.
DIY Mosaic Wall Art Tutorial: Materials
WHAT YOU NEED:
-Canvas (pick whatever size works for your space)
-Straight Edge Paper Cutter (or, if you can cut a perfectly straight line, scissors will do)
DIY Mosaic Wall Art Tutorial: Step-By-Step
Begin by using the paper cutter to cut strips of painter’s tape. I cut mine in various widths, to add more dimension to the painting, but it’s up to you.
Place the painter’s tape down onto the canvas and begin creating patterns. This is completely freeform, although if you really want, you can always sketch out a pattern beforehand.
Be sure the tape lays flat against the canvas.
Since my kids were helping with this, we decided to write out the colors per area in pencil on the canvas. A modern-day paint-by-numbers, if you will. This just helps ensure there aren’t 5 areas of blue right next to each other, and that the color is evenly distributed throughout.
Then, you paint in the white canvas areas. Be sure not to paint over the tape into adjacent sections. Let the tape be your guide.
My daughter used the thin chisel paint marker to fill in the black sections. Now, my daughter has always been the “free to be me” type of creative: she has never liked coloring inside the lines. The Liquitex thin chisel paint marker was SO easy for her to use. It distributed paint evenly and quickly, and she had no trouble at all painting with it. She had so much more control with the paint marker than she would have using traditional paint brush and paint.
My son used the thicker silver paint marker to fill in the medium areas. Just like the thin paint marker, this marker was super easy for him to use and to control the amount of paint and the direction of paint.
Finally, I filled in the blue areas using the Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint. I haven’t painted in a long time, and I was happy with how smooth this paint glided over the canvas.
Once all of the white canvas areas are painted, allow the canvas to dry for a few hours.
Once the paint is dry, brush on a layer of Modge Podge (I useda glossy finish) to set and protect the paint.
Allow the Modge Podge to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Once the surface is dry to the touch, gently lift the painter’s tape off, and reveal your new gorgeous mosaic wall art!
TIP: If you find that some paint has seeped through the painter’s tape, as I did, you can use white paint to carefully go over those areas.
Now our kids have modern art that they created hanging in their new (still a work-in-progress) redesigned bathroom!
I’ll share photos of the whole kids’ bathroom makeover once it’s complete. Of course, as soon as we hung the paintings up, I realized we really need to repaint the bathroom walls a new color to match the new color palette… It’s always something with home ownership, isn’t it? ;)
Have a great week, everyone!
I’d love to know: what DIY projects are YOU working on this week?
Thanks to Liquitex for providing the paint for this project. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.