My Obsession Continues: DIY Chevron Art

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Slowly, but surely, I’ve been doing little projects to complete my daughter’s room. The biggest one — the makeover of her IKEA Malm dresser — is prepped and ready to go, but I haven’t found the time to finish it yet. This one, however, I tackled one afternoon while I watched reruns of Billy the Exterminator. Please don’t judge me.

I’d been wanting to make some chevron art for a while, and thanks to the awesomesauce that is Pinterest, I found my fair share of inspiration photos and tutorials. In the end, I used this tutorial, mostly because it linked to a pre-made template I could use to make the lines exactly how I wanted them. I learned from experience that free-handing a crisp chevron is a pain in the butt, at best, and damn near impossible, at worst. So the template made my life a lot easier.

I also loved the tip about using thumb tacks to punch tiny holes in my canvas, which would then guide my tape lines.

With the holes punched, placing the tape was relatively easy. In the overlap areas, at the points, I just used an Xacto knife to remove the excess once I was done taping each row.

Then came the easy part: Painting. I have a LOT of paint leftover from when we painted the accent wall in my daughter’s room. So much, in fact, that I really wish we’d bought a quart instead of a gallon. Anyway, I used some of it for this project. And believe it or not, even after painting the accent wall in her old room, her pink dresser and her dollhouse, we STILL have a decent amount of pink paint left. So I used that too.

I used 1″ Scotch blue painter’s tape, and while it did its job, the resulting lines weren’t as crisp as I would’ve liked. But after looking at it for a while, I grew to like the slightly jagged, raw-looking edges, because crisp lines would’ve been a little too perfect. Up close, it reminds me of a fancy ikat fabric.

So where did I put this new…ahem…masterpiece? Ja’Naya has a built-in desk and shelves opposite her bed. I considered painting that wall too, but decided it wasn’t worth it, since we’re renters. But the area at the very top of the shelves was looking bare, so I decided to inject a little color with this art, and something else I had up my sleeve.

See that colorful peacock poster next to my chevron piece? I broke out my Illustrator chops and designed it just for that spot. I had it printed at Kinko’s FedEx Office and just threw it in an IKEA Ribba frame we already had. Came out pretty great for something that took me about an hour to create 🙂 Here’s a closer look:

I made the pink edges slightly raw on purpose so it would better complement the chevron art. If you like what you see you can download it for free! Just take it to a local printer and get them to put it on 12″ x 18″ paper.

Get it in: Pink — OR — White

So what do you think? Would you attempt to make your own inexpensive art?

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  • Lori Z. September 16, 2011, 5:25 pm

    Yep, I love the Peacock! I’m going to give it a go at some point!

  • Meredith Resnick September 18, 2011, 10:26 am

    Love that one pink stripe mixed in. Really pops.

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