March 25, 2014
When it comes to furniture I am always more drawn to the neutral colors with lovely lines. For some reason I have a hard time entering a committed relationship with a green velvet couch or a cheetah-print armchair. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate those loud pieces of furniture. I sit in them at the store and pretend like they are coming home with me. But when I finally settle on that one couch, it’s a neutral color with toddler-resistant fabric. That is why, when it come to decor, I feel a strong need to incorporate pops of color and interesting textures. For spring I knew I needed a something fun and funky to liven up my fireplace mantel. The simple hexagon art I came up with turned out to be just the statement piece my living room so separately needed. And now you can learn how to make a hexagon art piece too!
– A piece of wood cut to the size you want your painting to be. (I used particleboard that I pulled out a construction garbage bin while my husband made fun of me)
– A hexagon stencil. For my stencil I just printed off a hexagon shape onto heavy cardstock and then cut it out.
– Yardstick or a large poster board with straight edge
– Craft paint in the color combination you desire
First, I wanted to create a straight line where the top of my painting would begin. Using poster board I aligned the top edge of the poster board with the side of my wood piece and traced a straight line all the way across the top. This line acted as a reference line for the rest of my painting. Next, I lined up an edge of my hexagon stencil with the traced line and traced around the entire hexagon. After the first hexagon was drawn I moved the stencil down and lined up one edge of the hexagon stencil with an edge of the already traced hexagon. I then traced around the stencil to create two traced hexagon shapes that share one edge. Now, to complete the hexagon pattern just repeat aligning the hexagon stencil with an existing traced hexagon, and then trace the stencil. I traced hexagons in an abstract pattern across my entire piece of wood. For the final step I painted in the hexagons in alternating colors making sure to not double up on the same color in two touching hexagons. The final product was a very cool and colorful statement piece that even my husband noticed, so two thumbs up for me!