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