Fab ideas to doll up the walls of your apartment without burning a hole in your pocket!
1. PICK AN ART PRINT
An art print is a reproduction of a painting or artwork and can be mass-produced or be one in a limited hand-printed series. A limited edition print will, of course, cost more than a normal print — but with such a large wealth of prints available these days, you’re sure to find something unique and charming to fill the walls of your home.
To buy a print, you could visit a shop that sells interior decor or, as the online art scene flourishes, visit websites that specialise in selling art originals and prints from emerging artists.
But before you rush out to buy an original or a print, take a look at your room first and ask yourself if you are looking for a single print that will define the room or several complementary pieces. It helps to have a clear idea of what size, shape and type of print you’re looking for before you go shopping.
When selecting a print, you’ll also want to take a look at its content and see if it matches your interior. For example, an ultra-geometric and stark print will look out of place in a room that’s been decorated with an organic, tropical feel. The mood and shapes in the print should harmonise with the room’s contents.
2. CREATE YOUR OWN ART
Can’t find something that lives up to your mental image of what your dream artwork should look like? Or are you itching to showcase your own talents? Your answer could be to create your own original artwork to take center stage in your home.
Why not spend some quality time crafting some seriously cool wall art such as Washi Polka Dot Wall Stickers with your kids? (see instructions below)
Make Your Own Washi Polka Dot Wall Stickers
What You Need:
- Selection of Washi Tape
- Waxed baking paper
- A Pencil
- Something round to trace around (choose according to the size of the polka dots you want.)
Step 1: Cut squares of baking paper in the size that you need — they should be about an inch larger than the item you’re tracing around. These will form the peel-off backing to your “stickers”.
Step 2: Lay the paper flat on a table, smooth side up. Take your washi tape and start sticking strips from top to bottom, overlapping slightly, until you’ve covered most of the paper.
Step 3: Turn the paper over and trace a circle onto the back with your round object.
Step 4: Cut the circle out. Repeat with others until you have as many polka dots as you need.
Step 5: When you’re ready to stick your polka dots onto your wall, simply peel off the baking paper and stick away!
Tip! Plan the position of your polka dots before you stick them down as they are hard to remove without spoiling the layers of tape. But not to worry, these stickers should not damage your paint as washi tape glue is quite gentle.
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3. FRAME SOMETHING CLOSE TO YOUR HEART
Artwork for your walls don’t have to be limited to photographs, paintings or prints. You could also frame something unusual and create a conversation piece visitors to your home will find interesting. Think vintage scarves, textured fabrics, old book covers, album covers, even items that hold special meaning for you, such as a square of cloth from your mother’s wedding dress or your child’s first blanket or favourite childhood toy.
When framing, just remember that size and proportion are important when selecting the right frame and mat (the mat is the white or black border that goes around what you are framing).
The mat should be wider than the width of the frame and should be a little wider on the bottom to create an optical balance. When choosing a frame, remember that the width of the frame should correspond with the size of what you are framing. However, a very wide frame and/or mat can look great when framing something small. Thin frames are also good when creating a wall montage with many framed items.
For a DIY framing project you can start with at home, see below for instructions to put together an easy travel collage!
MAKE YOUR OWN TRAVEL COLLAGE
Commemorate your last trip to Paris (or the Alps, or wherever!) with an easy travel collage!
What You’ll Need:
- Travel mementos (such as photographs, subway tickets, stamps, pressed flowers or leaves, shells, stones, badges, etc.)
- Craft board in white or black
- Craft materials for decoration (such as washi tape, stamps or lace).
- Suitable frame (a normal frame if your items are all flat/pressed or a box frame if you have 3D mementos such shells or badges.)
- Super glue
Step 1: Take your craft board and lay it down. This will form the backing of your collage.
Step 2: Lay out your mementos and craft decor and plan how you want to arrange them on the craft board. Take a photo for your own reference later.
Step 3: Remove items from the craft board and stick them back in the correct order, starting from back to front. Use the photo you took earlier as reference.
Step 4: Let your collage dry, then frame and hang!
For more an alternative DIY Travel Collage, watch another one of our favourite techniques here!
4. TAKE ART CLASSES
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Studio Miu offers beginner to advanced level classes in oil, acrylic and watercolour painting as well as pencil, charcoal and pastel drawing. Classes are ongoing and students have the freedom to choose their own painting or drawing subjects.
- $80 per session for adults ($65 per session for members)
- $70 per session for students* ($60 per session for members)
Members can also sign up for a package of 4 sessions** for $240 (adults) / $220 (students). Membership fee is $50 (non-refundable and non-transferable).
All fees exclude materials such as canvas/paper as well as the firing cost for ceramic art classes.
For more information on classes, please visit www.studiomiu.com.sg
* For students aged 21 years old and below.
** Valid for three months from date of payment.