Create your own high-end, one-of-a-kind home décor with DIY line art. Artistic genius is not required to achieve beautiful results with this homemade wall art because it relies solely on tracing! Even better still – this project is easily tackled for under $5 and in about 5 minutes. Not bad for custom art 😉
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DIY Line Art Is Super Cheap To Make
Ever notice how expensive home decor is? Oftentimes, I’ll find something that I like only to look at the price tag and promptly put it back on the shelf before they charge me rent just for holding it.
I found a cool three-piece set of continuous line drawings last time I went browsing through a popular store that shall remain nameless. The only catch – the set in question came in at an astounding $75.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for supporting local artists and craftsmen. But 75 bucks for some mass-produced, simple line drawings in mediocre frames? Nah, I’ll pass.
So what’s a girl to do, but try to recreate some of the pieces at home.
That’s where this DIY line art comes in.
I already had everything I needed for this line art drawing project except for the paint pen. So I was able to recreate the $75 set for under 5 bucks. I even made another stand-alone piece for fun. Four pieces of wall art for under $5? That’s more like it!
Homemade Line Art Is A Great Way To Upcycle Old Picture Frames
Through the years, I have somehow acquired and inherited a considerable amount of picture frames. And, I would wager a guess, I am not alone in this regard.
While the obvious solution for utilizing these frames is to showcase family photos, it is nice to have a mix of personal pictures and various artwork adorning the walls.
DIY line art is a perfect craft for old picture frames because the art is added right to the glass. Painting directly on the glass allows for super easy tracing without the need for carbon paper or pencils.
It’s quite literally a one-and-done project.
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Chances are, you’ll have a majority of the supplies already on hand for this DIY line art project. Here’s what you’ll need.
- Frame(s) with glass – These can be new, old or even second-hand. I kept mine as-is for the main project, but I painted the frame for the stand-alone line drawing.
- Paint pen – For painting on glass, an oil-based pen is best.
- Glass cleaner – Even if you purchase new frames for this DIY, you’ll want to make sure the glass is clean before you get started.
- Line drawing template – Check out my 10 free options to choose from.
- Craft paper, burlap, fabric, construction paper or wrapping paper – This is to put behind the glass so that your line drawing is easily visible. Honestly, for the main project, I just used the black backing that was included with the picture frames. For the tree continuous line drawing, I used craft paper. Don’t be afraid to get creative and use what you have on hand!
- Acetone – This is optional, but it’s a good idea to keep some handy in case of mistakes
How To Make DIY Line Art
Carefully remove the glass from your selected frame and clean on both sides.
Tape your template to one side of the glass.
Prepare the paint pen by shaking vigorously and depressing the tip so that it is saturated with paint. You should not need to keep the tip depressed as you paint.
Trace over the template with your paint pen directly onto the glass. For the best results, you’ll want to apply even pressure while continuously moving your hand in a steady, fluid motion.
Once you have completely traced your image, allow to dry for a few minutes. The paint pen dries quickly. Remove the template from the glass.
If applying a different backing, cut your selected medium to the same size as the glass. Tape to the backing provided with the picture frame.
Then insert the glass back into the frame. I installed my glass so that the painted side was pointing inside the frame. The paint is pretty sturdy, and I even went back over the painted side with glass cleaner, and it didn’t chip off or rub away. So it should be just fine if you install the glass with the painted side pointing out.
For the final step, you insert the backing back into the frame with your selected medium.
And that’s it! So, in about 5 minutes and for under $5 you can have gorgeous, completely original artwork to hang or display as you choose.
Not bad. Not bad at all.
Tips and Tricks
- If you make a mistake, don’t fret! You are not stuck with it forever. A Q-tip soaked in acetone will easily and cleanly take care of any errant marks. You can even erase an entire drawing with acetone if you’re unhappy with the final product.
- Take a few minutes to study the template before starting to trace to determine the path of the line. This DIY works best if you can maintain a continuous motion. Otherwise, you’ll end up with heavy spots from stopping and starting during tracing.
- Just because this is a continuous line drawing doesn’t mean you have to rush through it. Keep a slow, steady pace so that you can better anticipate where your hand needs to move next while tracing.
- Don’t be afraid to go off-script and free-hand a design of your choice. I free-handed this tree project, and while I wouldn’t profess to be an artist, I’m very happy with the way it turned out. The second time around, that is. The first free-hand tree I did was pretty miserable and sad-looking. But a little acetone provided me with a blank slate to try again.
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