Friday, 5 June 2015

DIY graphic poster

"Art is the most intence mode of individualism the world has known"
-Oscar Wilde-

As part of my recent series of posts exploring how displaying art in your home I am today sharing this tutorial on how to make a graphic poster!

Your choices of art expresses your feelings and tastes more than anything else you'll choose to decorate your home speaks directly to you and anyone visiting your home about who you are: 
From the colors you choose to the shapes and motif in a picture.
And displaying BIG pieces of art shows a confidence ,not only in your style and interior tastes, but also in your own person: It is a statement!!

This year has seen the rise of the poster art:
It is a convenient way to add some of that individualism to your walls: Easy to hang and quick to replace...Perfect for those of you that like to change up your interiors frequently to express your own personal taste evolution.
And making your own art , is a further extension of expressing that confidence....

So today I will show you how you can make your very own poster art, in an easy and affordable way....but still have it look "a million dollars".

Following my own advice on making BIG art, I've gone abstract, but this time in a graphic way.
Inspired by the work of  Kristina Krogh , this Poster art is all about colors and textures....and I have chosen what I liked, but of course you should choose to use what appeals to you! 

This tutorial is meant more as an inspiration, sowing a seed of an idea, to encourage you to express yourself and make something big, bold and personal to fill your walls with.

Here's what I did:

I got some A1 coloured paper, I chose a dark blue, for my poster base.
I also used some cork paper and water colour patterned paper I got on my last visit to Norway from Sostrene Grene, But you can get similar Cork paper from here , and 
for similar watercolour print paper ,visit Design Love Fest to download their free digital watercolour wallpaper, save to your computer and print....Or I will show you how to easily make your own further down the post...

You will also need a ruler, a pencil , scissors and some spray adhesive.

First I drew up a simple (and crude ) plan of how I wanted my poster to look, making note of the measurements of each element!

Then I measured and cut out the shapes for each element:

Then I very faintly marked out with a pencil on my poster base where the different elements was going to go...The best way to do this is to find the center and work your way outwards....

I loosely placed the elements down and reviewed the layout: 

I made some additional faint pencil marks at this point to ensure that the elements would go on straight and symmetrical when I came to gluing them down.

Then I sprayed the back of the elements with spray adhesive and stuck them down in place. (The brass and marble paper were self adhesive, making it a doddle to stick down)
AND that's it!!

I also made this second poster, in the same way, using copper contact paper instead of brass, just to show you how using (ever so slightly) different shapes and colors will vary the expression in your art:

But this time I made my own watercolour pattern:
You will probably remember doing this as a child:

Folding a piece of paper, painting only one side of the fold then closing together to create a symmetrical "butterfly splogde" picture... Use some proper watercolour paper and use lots of water with your paint to get the effect!
Let it fully dry (Iron if too crumpled)

Assemble as before according to your plan.

I love this effect and think it adds a truly personal and artistic look to the poster...

Stay tuned next week for my tutorial on how to DIY the wooden poster hanger!

As I've mentioned before (like, about a million times;) as my daughter would say...) the great thing about making your own art for your home is that it can be truly customized to your tastes....both in shapes, motif ,size and colors....

So what do you think?
Are you ready to get artistic and make some art for your walls?
How do you feel about posters as opposed to canvas?

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Graphique Fantastique said...

What a genius idea - I have some many random scraps of paper and material that I can finally use to make something lovely with this idea! It looks like it could have cost quite a lot too - good work ;)

june olsen said...

Thank you Graphique Fantastique! :)