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  • Bee String Art

    June 15, 2022

    We’ve got a new craft that we know you’ll be buzzing about – string art! String art is a 3-dimensional craft with endless design possibilities! This mindless and relaxing craft can be completed alone or works great as a girls’ night craft activity. Follow our tips on how to create a handmade bee string art creation using our free template. Finish it with a Ryder canvas frame that adds the perfect hint of sweetness with its metallic finish and strong construction.

    Bee String Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Ryder Canvas Floater Frame
    • Bee string art template (get it free here
    • Acrylic paint (white, yellow, gold)
    • ¾ x 16 Wire nails
    • Hammer
    • Crochet string (black)
    • Wood base cut to fit inside the frame
    • Pencil
    • Painter’s Tape
    • Craft Knife
    • Paintbrushes

    Bee String Art Step 1

    First, paint the background of your wood base with white acrylic paint. Add honeycomb accents using the stencil from page 2 of our template. To obtain a shiny metallic look, we first painted these shapes with a mustard yellow cover before overlaying them with metallic gold.

    Bee String Art Step 2

    Once dry, tape down the bee stencil shape.  

    Use a hammer to nail in wire nails following the pattern. Start with nails at the key points (like corners and the tops of curves) and continue adding them around the shape at set intervals. We did ours about every ½ inch.

    Bee String Art Step 3

    First, start by drawing around the outline of a shape with your string. Cut a piece of black string to about 4 feet and tie it onto one nail. Wrap the string around each nail on the outside of the design element. Repeat a few times to make any outlines darker and thicker.

    Bee String Art Step 4

    For any areas, you wish to fill in, like the head and body parts of the bee, criss-cross the string around the inside areas, wrapping around nails occasionally to secure. Tie the end of the string on a nail and trim any excess string. Tuck it in to hide the loose end.

    Bee String Art Finished Project

    To display, secure into Ryder frame using canvas clips and add hanging hardware on the back. Proudly display your bee string art in the kitchen, living room or any place you need a little sweetness.

    DIY Bee String Art

    Bee String Art Vertical

    DIY Bee String Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Free Abstract Wall Art Printables

    June 13, 2022

    The perfect way to fill up blank space on a wall is to add some framed art. While we've got your covered with our huge selection of custom frames, the perfect art can sometimes be hard to find. That's why we decided to create free printable abstract art for you to enjoy.

    free abstract art printables

    Why Printable Art?

    Printable art is a great way to decorate your space. Most printable art is inexpensive (or free like our abstract art). That allows you to switch up your art easily and affordably for each season or when your tastes change.

    You can print the files from your home printer or can get the files printed locally. But if you're looking to purchase frames as well, you can take advantage of our custom printing service. Just choose "print & frame" on any picture frame or canvas frame and upload the file.

    Choose Your Size

    It's important to know what size your file will print at. Our free printable abstract art files are available in a variety of common frame sizes. First, measure the space where your art will go. Then you can download printable art that fits the space.

    When using our print and frame service, you can also add a mat to your custom framed print. This will add to the overall size of your frame but can really help to elevate any art, like our free abstract wall art printables.

    Save the files to your device in the size that's right for your space and uploading is easy.

    Printable Abstract Art Style 1

    Download: 8x10 inches | 12x18 inches | 16x20 inches | 24x36 inches

    Free Abstract Printable Style 2

    Download: 8x10 inches | 12x18 inches | 16x20 inches | 24x36 inches

    Free Printable Abstract Art Style 3

    Download: 8x10 inches | 12x18 inches | 16x20 inches | 24x36 inches

    We hope you enjoy this free printable abstract art. Stay tuned for more free printables on the blog!

    PLEASE NOTE: These free printable wall art files are for personal use only. Thanks!

    Free Printable Abstract Art Pin


    About The Author

    Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
  • Mixed Media Abstract Wall Art

    May 11, 2022

    We’ve all heard the saying “think outside the box” but today we will think outside the brush! Let’s explore an assortment of household items you can use instead of a paintbrush to create a piece worthy of being on display. This piece of mixed media abstract wall art proves that sometimes art is more about the experience than the final outcome as we will shop our home for tools. See how to add more layers and textures, including the addition of an embroidered phrase. Once complete, proudly hang this creation using a timeless frame, like the natural finish of our Tierra Floater Frame which allows your canvas piece to stand out.

    Mixed Media Art Supplies

    Step 1: Shop your home! It’s time to grab an assortment of items that can be tools, that are not the typical paintbrush. Think about an assortment of sizes and patterns these tools may create. Consider items like a plastic fork, pencil, bubble wrap, tissue paper, old toothbrush, paper cup, and a silver chain to use as tools. Straws can apply a small round circle but you can also blow in one end to push the paint.

    Step 2: Prepare! Lay newspaper or scrap cardboard down to protect your workspace. Paper plates made great palettes to hold paint, especially for larger “tools” that need to be dipped in to be loaded with paint.

    Mixed Media Art Step 1

    Step 3: Explore! Dip your tools into the paint colors and apply them to the canvas. Tip:  practice the imprint on a scrap piece of paper or cardstock prior to painting. Don’t be afraid to overload what you just laid down for a different look.

    Mixed Media Art Step 2

    Mixed Media Art Step 3

    Step 4: Layer it! Keep going to layers, depth and texture with your found tools. We used the same techniques as our other embroidered canvas with a printed template, pinpoint guide and sewn embroidery to add this “be the positive” message to our canvas. Grab this “be the positive” template to create your own happy canvas.

    Mixed Media Art Step 4

    Step 5: Frame it! Our Tierra Floater Frame has a beautiful natural finish that lets your abstract art piece do the talking! Hang it on your wall or sit it on a shelf and surround it with other positive energy items.

    Mixed Media Canvas Final

    Mixed Media Art Closeup

    Mixed Media Art

    DIY Mixed Media Art

    DIY Mixed Media Art Final

    DIY Mixed Media Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Abstract Textured Wall Art

    April 27, 2022

    Allow your art to stand out and stand up with a fun abstract textured wall art piece made with modeling paste. This thick texturing material is the perfect way to create a unique design that can look high-end and store-bought, even though it’s made by your own hands. Have fun building this abstract piece with palette knives, plastic spoons or whatever tools are handy to create this textured look. Once dry and painted to match your room’s theme, frame this stunner piece in a Coleman Floater frame with a nice weathered look.

    Textured Abstract Wall Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Coleman Floater Frame
    • Canvas 11 x 14
    • Modeling Paste
    • Palette Knife
    • Acrylic Paint – silver metallic, blues

    Textured Abstract Modeling Paste

    Protect your surface and lay your canvas down. Apply a thick layer of modeling paste using a palette knife.

    Textured Abstract Art Layered

    The thicker you lay it on the canvas, the more depth you can create in the design later. If desired you can mix an acrylic color right into the paint at this stuff, but we prefer overpainting it once dry so it doesn’t dilute the color.

    Textured Abstract Art Canvas

    Now comes the fun part. Use whatever tools you may have, including your palette knife, to create a pattern. Dip into the layer of modeling paste. Spin. Drag. Poke. Make it a repeat pattern or randomize the impressions. Whatever you do, have fun with the highs and lows you can create in this material.

    Allow the modeling paste to fully dry. In the case of these dimensional canvas crafts, like our textured wall art made with joint compound, we tend to wait 24 hours before adding color.

    Textured Abstract Art Paint

    Let’s paint! We chose to paint the entire surface with one custom blue color as the base.

    Textured Abstract Art Silver

    Use a dry brush technique to add metallic silver tips to the top of the abstract design. This dual-color design enhances the 3-dimensional look of the canvas.

    Abstract Textured Wall Art Final

    Once fully dry, secure the textured canvas into your Coleman Floater Frame.

    Abstract Textured Wall Art Final Close Up

    The dark grey veneer of this wood frame allows virtually any artwork design to blend in seamlessly!

    Abstract Textured Wall Art Final Vertical

    DIY Abstract Textured Canvas Wall Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • High End Art Dupe

    April 13, 2022

    Have you ever seen a piece of wall art at a high-end retailer and thought “I could make that!”? Chances are, you can! Today we’re showing you how to make a high-end dupe of a wall art piece found at Anthropologie using a skein of white yarn, craft glue, and spray paint. The natural finish of the Tierra Floater Frame allows the beauty of your string maze to stand out while in your home. Lean it on a mantle, display it using the included hanging materials or hang it front and center of a wall gallery. 

    High End Art Dupe Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Tierra Floater Frame
    • Canvas 11 x14
    • White Yarn
    • White Glue
    • White Spray Paint
    • Paper plate or bowl
    • Water
    • Disposable gloves recommended

    This textured wall art piece from Anthropologie costs a pretty penny and while it might be slightly larger than the dup we’re creating, the steps are essentially the same.

    High End Art Dupe Step 1

    Cover your work surface, lay a piece of white canvas down as your base, and put on a pair of disposable gloves. Things are about to get sticky! Pour some white glue into a bowl or plate, add a small amount of water and mix to thin slightly.

    High End Art Dupe Step 2

    Cut long pieces of white thread and fully submerge them into the glue mixture. Lift out and lay onto the canvas in a pattern similar to the high-end version. This includes lots of loops and curves with straighter lines.

    Allow the thread layer to dry fully and make sure it’s secured to the canvas.

    High End Art Dupe Step 3

    Spray the entire canvas with white spray paint. This will blend the color of the yarn and the color of the canvas as one.

    High End Art Dupe Final Closeup

    Once fully dry, secure the canvas in the Tierra frame using the hardware included with your order.

    High End Art Dupe Final

    High End Art Dupe Final Angle

    This floater-style canvas frame allows the canvas piece to be secured but does not overwhelm the piece with thick moulding.

    High End Art Dupe Close Up

    The natural finish matches virtually any room making it a beautiful staple to your home décor.

    High End Art Dupe Pinterest

     


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.