DIY Matisse Inspired Wall Art

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!Of course what would my new space be without some new art?! I studied Art History in college, and have always been draw to the bold colors and shapes in Matisse’s work. And since I don’t have the best painting abilities, I decided to draw upon his cutouts for inspiration for this DIY (because I can totally cut shapes out of paper and so can you!). If you’re looking to make new art for your home, but don’t have a ton of time or money to invest, then this project is absolutely for you. Here’s how:

Time: 30 minutes
Materials: colored construction paper, mod podge, brush, scissors

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!I found these brass frames at West Elm and just fell in love. The mat I use in the project is from the 8.5″ x 10.5″ size. If you use a different frame, just make sure you buy construction paper large enough to fill the space!

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!Remove the mat from your frame and trace onto your construction paper. This helps make sure that you don’t make shapes larger than the actual frame space. You can either sketch out your idea beforehand or just go for it with the scissors depending on your confidence level. Cut our your shapes, trying to make them all similar is size. The smaller the scissors, the more intricate you can get with your shape. The beauty about this project is that can create so many different shapes, there’s no way to mess it up!

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!Trim your construction paper that you’re mounting your cutout onto to fit your frame. Once everything is cut out, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of your shape and press in place. For placement, it helps to lay the mat on top of the background paper so you can get a since of how it’ll look in the frame.

Let dry, frame, and hang! The art itself cost about $2 to make, but looks like a million bucks in the brass frames don’t you think?!

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!

How to make Matisse inspired wall art for your home in 30 minutes!

Product for this post was provided by West Elm, a company I frequent and love. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep The Crafted Life making!

 

  • http://sarahhearts.com Sarah Hearts

    So good! Always loved Matisse’s work, especially his papercuts!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Thank you so much Sarah! He definitely knew how to bring the color :)

  • Amy

    Love these, Rachel! The frames and mats really make them look like a million bucks!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Isn’t it amazing?! I didn’t think construction paper could ever look adult, but it turns out you just need a fancy frame :)

  • http://www.designimprovised.com/ Haeley Giambalvo

    Such a fun project!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Thank you so much Haeley! This would be fun to do with kids too I think!

  • Carrie Waller

    These are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I studied art history in college, too, so these are totally speaking to my art-loving heart. BRAVO!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Yessss! Oh I love that Carrie! So glad you like the project :)

  • Alice Lois

    Rachel – I love these! I too, studied art history in college (well minored in it)! This DIY art work is amazing. I’m going to give it a try!

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Yay, so fun! Carrie from Dream Green DIY did too. So funny we’re bloggers now!

  • http://www.sugarandcloth.com Ashley Rose

    Obsessed! Such a great idea. The brass frames are perfect

    • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel Mae Smith

      Thank you so much Ashley! After this I’ve convinced that anything could look fancy in a brass frame hah!

  • http://preschoolbible.com Teresa Jackson

    So much fun. Love the bright colors!