HOW TO MAKE… COLLAGE-STYLE WALL ART
Four lengths of balsa wood, 30 x 2.5 x 0.5cm (117/ x 1 x ") Strong wood glue Two screw hooks Selection of green tissue papers Faux suede cord Pastels White acrylic paint PVA glue Paint brush A3 cartridge paper Impress pals with your freehand art stylings and contemporary framing skills, inspired by Teri’s collage-style design.
Showing off prints in a fresh, modern way, these wooden poster strips are currently stocked in all our favourite lifestyle stores. And, the design itself ticks off one of this year’s hottest interior colour trends, Greenery. Think of it as a way to fill your house with plants, without having to actually keep them alive.
Get creative, adding your own colourways, plant shapes and decorative touches. Then, once you’re done, use the simple framing technique to finish other hangings around your home.
Mark 7cm (2 ") in from either end along one narrow edge of a length of balsa wood. Screw a hook into both marked points until just the hook is left showing.
Photocopy the template on page 98 and lightly trace the outlines onto the sheet of paper using a pencil. Or, if you feel confident enough, draw the design freehand onto the paper, using the template as a guide.
Start by going over the plant pots, stand, hanging basket and bell jar using the pastels, colouring in the larger pots and the basket.
Cut out the different leaf shapes from the various coloured tissue papers using the template. We used a range of darker and lighter tones to add interest to the piece.
Using a paintbrush and a small amount of PVA glue, coat one side of each tissue paper shape, then stick them in place one by one. You can also layer tissue paper colours.
To add finer details, such as the veins on the leaves and the cacti spikes, use a clean paint brush and white paint. You can also do the same with the pastels on the lighter-coloured tissue papers.
Once you’re happy with your artwork, squeeze wood glue along the wide flat edge of the balsa wood piece with the hooks, positioning it with the hooks facing up. Lay the paper on top, roughly halfway down and centrally along the length. Glue another balsa wood piece in the same way, then place on top with glued sides together, aligning the edges.
Add two more strips of balsa wood to the bottom of the paper as per Step 7, then leave to dry.
Tie either end of the length of cord to the hooks, then use the cord loop to hang it on the wall.
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Teri Muncey Teri loves colour, type, crafting and hand-drawn illustrations. When she’s not creating prints and stationery to sell, she’s busy making gifts for friends or crafting projects for her interiors and DIY blog. www.thelovelydrawer.com