AB­STRACT ART

MA­TE­RI­ALS

Do It Yourself - - MAKE IT -

• 3/4-inch Baltic birch ply­wood

• Pat­tern avail­able at BHG.com/ModernArt

• Clear frisket film

• Crafts knife

• Spray paint in var­i­ous col­ors

(we used Mon­tana Cans brand)

• Clear spray var­nish

• 1×3 pine boards

• Ta­ble saw

• Screws

• Screw­driver

• L brack­ets

Step 1

Gather ma­te­ri­als (A). Have the home cen­ter cut ply­wood to de­sired size when you pur­chase it.

Step 2

Print pat­tern and take it to a copy shop to en­large to de­sired size. Cut out over­all pat­tern, tape to ply­wood, and trace lightly us­ing a pen­cil. Cut pat­tern into its smaller pieces, tape to the ply­wood one by one, and trace un­til com­plete design is trans­ferred to the ply­wood. Cover the trans­ferred design with clear self-ad­her­ing frisket film, bur­nish­ing with your fin­gers or a straight­edge to ad­here se­curely.

Step 3

Us­ing a crafts knife, cut through the frisket along each line in the design. Peel up one sec­tion of frisket and care­fully set aside. On a pro­tected work sur­face and in a well-ven­ti­lated room, spray the ex­posed area us­ing de­sired color paint (B). When dry, re­place the piece of frisket to this area.

Step 4

Peel up the next sec­tion of frisket (C) and set aside. Spray this area the de­sired color, let dry, and re­place frisket. Con­tinue un­til design is fin­ished, leav­ing one or two smaller shapes un­painted. Re­move all the frisket. Spray clear var­nish over en­tire sur­face.

Step 5

Build a frame on the back of the ply­wood (D) by cut­ting lengths of 1×3s long enough to mount on edge about 4 inches from all sides. Screw boards to­gether and then use L brack­ets to se­cure the frame to the back of the ply­wood. The frame pro­vides a lip from which to hang the art­work and also holds the piece out from the wall to create a re­lief and shad­ow­ing.

TO GET THE BEST RE­SULTS WITH YOUR ART PIECES, IN­VEST IN QUAL­ITY MA­TE­RI­ALS. HIGHER-END SPRAY PAINTS, ACRYLICS, AND WA­TER­COL­ORS MIGHT BE A FEW BUCKS MORE

BUT WORTH IT IN THE LONG RUN.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN Want to draw your own design? Grab a pen­cil and pa­per and try a con­tin­u­ous line draw­ing tech­nique, this photo. Simply start draw­ing an or­ganic shape and with­out lifting your pen­cil cross over lines and back in a fluid motion, di­vid­ing the shape into sec­tions un­til you’re happy with the look. Vary the sec­tion sizes so you have a mix of small, medium, and large. AB­STRACT SHAPES LIKE THIS ONE CAN BE HUNG VER­TI­CALLY OR HOR­I­ZON­TALLY TO SUIT YOUR SPACE.

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