DIY Line Art Of Fierce Women On Sofa Table With Other Home Décor

How To Make Your Own DIY Line Art

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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Overhead Shot Of DIY Line Art Drawing Of Woman Next To Other Line Drawings

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! 

Fierce Woman With Curly Afro Line Drawing On Sofa Table Next To Other Décor

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.
  • 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
Overhead Shot of DIY Supplies

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. 

Someone Cleaning Glass With Window Cleaner Next To DIY Supplies
Someone Holding Glass Over DIY Line Art Template Next To Craft Supplies
Line Art Template Taped To Frame Glass. Surrounded By Supplies

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.

Someone Tracing Over Line Art Template On Glass With Paint Pen
Someone Tracing Woman Line Art Drawing On Glass With Paint Pen
Overhead Shot Of Picture Glass With Completed Line Art and Template Still Attached

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.

Woman Line Art Drawing In Black Frame Stacked On Top Of Other Framed Line Art Drawings
Woman With Long Hair Line Art Drawing In Black Frame Stacked On Top Of Other Framed Drawings
Completed DIY Line Art Drawings In Black Frames Stacked On Top Of One Another
Completed And Framed DIY Line Art Staggered Diagonally On Table

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.
DIY Line Art Drawing Of A Tree In A Blue Frame

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I can’t wait to see your DIY line art creations! Be sure to tag Ever Harc if you share pictures on Facebook and Instagram so I don’t miss them 😉 

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4 months ago

Line art is so trendy right now and this post is great because line art can be so expensive to buy! I love it.

4 months ago

Well done, Heather! Very nice. Thanks for sharing this post and bringing my awareness to Line Art. It’s trendy and looks awesome.

Chantal Dubé
4 months ago

Wow, this is amazing!

4 months ago

These are so cool! Thank you for this. I’m no artist but I think I can manage none the less.

4 months ago

I am just starting to try a few drawing ideas… have always wanted to. Thanks for this!

4 months ago

This Is great, I have taken pictures of art in local stores to recreate at home….. I can’t wait to try this.

Denise Gardiner
1 month ago

I love this art and you give great visual instructions throughout your post. It is nice to know you can do trendy art at an affordable price! Thank you for sharing.

1 month ago

Such a great idea for some inexpensive, trendy art! I love the templates you have and your instructions are so easy to follow!

1 month ago

I really like this and a great tutorial!

1 month ago

Looks like art that I could possibly make myself! Great idea for when I have the time and energy to do a new project that won’t take too much out of me!

Leslie Jackson
1 month ago

This is an amazing idea! I may have to try this with some of my old picture frames.

1 month ago

This looks like an awesome craft.

1 month ago

Wow, I love this! I can’t believe how easy it is to make and how affordable it is, especially seeing how expensive they can be. I’m definitely going to try making my own, thank you!