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DIY Chevron Art

I’m loving this easy and affordable DIY art project from the talented Jess Constable over at Make Under My Life. She told me that she has a crush on chevron patterns currently so she decided to create her own art in gold and white to place over her dining room table. Jess asked if I wouldn’t mind posting this on decor8, and since it’s so lovely, why not? I am suddenly crushing on chevrons after seeing this!


Materials Used: 3 22×28? stretched canvases (each one cost about $22) Bronze gold acrylic paint ($10) Large, soft bristled brush ($10) 1 roll blue painters tape ($4) thumbtacks nails + hammer (to hang) Chevron pattern stencil (free at Sunset Magazine found first over at Kelly + Olive) Jess gives you the full DIY scoop below. Take it away, Jess!

DIY Chevron Art project

First, I printed out the stencil three times to get the right length for your canvases. I carefully trimmed the paper to include just the zig-zag and then taped them together to get the correct width.

DIY Chevron Art project

I recycled some old canvases, I decided I can always recreate the string art look on new canvases, and in the meantime save some $$ by reusing the two I already had.

DIY Chevron Art project

To transfer the chevron pattern from the paper stencil to the canvas, I used a thumb tack to mark each of the points. I did this for both stripes on the stencil and then used blue painters tape to fill in where the white zig-zag was on the stencil. The thumb tack prints helped me know where to start and stop the tape. You can use anything to mark yours, the thumb tacks are completely optional.

DIY Chevron Art project

TIP: I found lining up a whole bunch of tape makes the process quicker.

DIY Chevron Art project

Once the canvas was complete with the chevron pattern, I taped the sides as well to keep them white. I also used a credit card to smooth down all the lines and make sure no paint would bleed into the stripe pattern. After that, I just needed to paint the canvases with a solid coat of paint. It didn’t take nearly as much paint as I thought it would. I painted all three canvases with one tube of paint, and I still have some left over! The canvases needed about 20 minutes to dry and then I removed the painters tape. You can also let them dry overnight, just in case since your home may be cooler or more humid than mine. I love how the metallic gold paint shines against the solid white stripe. – Jess.

If you have any questions for Jess, please ask her below and thanks Jess for visiting decor8 today with your awesome project!

(images: Jess Constable)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, DIY, guest bloggers on January 05, 2010

IKEA Spring/Summer Preview

I shared with Real Simple readers some of my favorite products from the new IKEA Spring/Summer collection that we can expect to see in stores as early as February. Can you believe it? Soon we’ll be seeing Valentine’s day and Easter goodies along with catalogs sporting Summer fashion. I’m already receiving Spring fashion catalogs in the mail. I’m not ready yet, but I’m thinking by mid February I’ll be all over the idea of sunshine and walking the beach. For now, I’m cuddled beneath my knit blanket with candles aglow basking in winter’s beauty. But I can already feel a gentle nudge towards Spring, can’t you?

IKEA preview

IKEA preview

To view item names, prices, colors and dimensions please click here.

I have my eye on that outdoor table and chair set, I love that the table has a hole in the top for draining water and that the feet are wide to provide more stability. I’m starting to look for a new place to live again (I stopped during the month of December) and one requirement is outdoor space, whether it be a patio or balcony, I’ll take anything. My hope is to have a balcony that I can decorate with a bistro set like this one and add some plants and candles and if there’s room, a little corner with a cozy chair for reading and getting some sun. I can’t imagine moving again, but this time it’s local so it won’t be nearly as challenging as moving overseas. And when I move, I’ll share the process with you on decor8 in addition to views of my home and some DIY stuff. That will be fun and will certainly make moving a lot more interesting to me to have someone to share it with. :)

(images: ikea)

Posted in Objects on January 04, 2010

Calendars – Are Yours Up?

I’m sure that you remember the jumbo series of posts where I rounded up calendars of all shapes and sizes for 2010 from mostly independent artists. Well call me a geek but the things that I look forward to most on January 1st include taking a long walk, snapping a photo of myself, enjoying brunch at home (this year we made mimosas with salmon herb omelets) and pulling out my calendars and arranging them in parts of my home. This year I have three, this beauty below is from artist Catherine Campbell from My Folk Lover in Australia.


I stuck it on the wall with some double-sided tape for this photo, but I plan to buy a frame today since stores are open again – I think putting it in a frame will only enhance its beauty and allow it to serve as art in addition to protecting it from bends. I can easily switch the months as I go, and the beauty of this calendar is that I can use a paper cutter and trim the calendar portion off of the bottom and keep the art, either to frame it alone or to cut it postcard size and mail to friends since the reverse side is plain white.

Do you have your calendars up yet? Where did you put them? Which ones did you purchase?

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on January 04, 2010

Hello New Year!

Hello dear friends, how are you today? Have you recovered from all the festivities of what is now last year? It’s 2010, can you believe it? I’ve been on a brief vacation for two weeks, though I’ve still been here each day posting a little something for you because I figured for those stuck at work or in need of inspiration that, well maybe it helped to know you could visit each day to find something new. In addition to being online for only an hour daily (which felt like a huge break for me), I spent a lot of time with friends and family eating and laughing and well… you know, things that we do when we settle down long enough to listen to our hearts and feed our souls. Things we do when we step out of our normal routine and give ourselves the permission to let loose a bit. I did some traveling and enjoyed that, but I mostly stuck around my city because there is plenty to keep me occupied. And you know what beautiful thing happened last week? We received a lot of snow!  My friends say that it’s uncharacteristic to receive so much in this area and they’re suspecting I brought it with me from New Hampshire… but they are happy and I’m happy and well, it’s been beautiful. I gave my haus maus friends a little tour of my neighborhood in the snow (part of it anyway), if you’d like to see the full post and all of the photos you may click here. Some highlights are shown below.

first snow

first snow

You know what I’ve been doing in my neighborhood? Drawing on cars! My husband and friends call me crazy, but I’m spreading joy. Chances are if you live in my area, you’ve seen the cars I’ve decorated. They are very obvious, with massive smiles on hoods and windows. I use my glove to carve out two eyes and a big grin. Nothing fancy. My goal is that when people go to clean off their car, they see the smile left for them and experience a single moment of joy. How can even the grumpiest person now appreciate a happy face on their car? I see my smiles everywhere and so far I’ve decorated around 50 of them. :)

There are lots of people setting new year’s resolutions right about now, I always set a few of my own but I prefer to call them goals for the new calendar year and I only set a few that feel attainable so that I don’t walk into December 2010 with a long face feeling down on myself for not accomplishing all I’d set out to do. I believe more in small steps vs. major leaps, though this year there are a few things that I simply must do that will feel like a giant leap for me personally but I’m ready to take them on and see what happens.

So! With that I’ll leave you with a few more posts and then I will go do some work offline for the remainder of the day. I feel like I’m getting a slow start after all of that December action, what about you? But the 7:00 a.m. walk through the forest this morning for an hour and a healthy breakfast and lunch helped to renew some of my energy so I’m ready for the new year and all the things that it will bring. Cheers to us all for being alive, having our families and our health, and for all of the little joys along with the great big ones. Together let’s make this year a great one!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on January 04, 2010


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