How to Create Eclectic Art to Spruce Up Your Space

written by Kelsey Taber March 1, 2018

My house is filled to the brim with frames in every nook and cranny. Although I love seeing pictures of my family and friends, sometimes filling frames with a little artwork can help break up a bookshelf or wall space. I love making my own home decor. It gives me the ability to choose colors and shapes that fit exactly what I have in mind in my head, instead of trying to find the perfect piece at a store.

I’ve never been patient enough to create really detailed paintings or crafts and instead have always had an attention span for quick projects. Repeated patterns, bright colors and abstract shapes are my go-to for creating really simple and impactful wall art.  Here are some examples of eclectic art I’ve created to spruce up my walls and how you can too.

3 Ways to Create Eclectic Art to Spruce Up Your Space

#1: Pick Two or Three Key Colors

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The first project I love to use to fill frames is to create paintings that focus on two or three key colors. This gives me the ability to pull through colors I’m feeling at the time for my space essentially for free. (That way if I change my mind, I won’t feel buyers remorse for purchasing trendy art I’m not in love with for the long term.) I’ll typically start by finding some thick paper I have on hand, like card stock or poster board. Keep in mind that the type of paper you start with can drastically change how your piece turns out. Then I’ll choose the two or three colors that I’m really digging at that moment. For these pieces I stuck to colors I’m always loving — purple and teal. Once I have my key colors picked out, I’ll put them on a disposable plate and mix them with black and white to create different tints and shades. Then I’ll start creating my masterpiece in 30 minutes or less.

Using one color primarily as the background color I’ll usually paint the first layer in an abstract way, utilizing different tints and shades of that primary color. Then, after that first layer dries, I’ll start working with my lighter or more bold colors in a geometric or minimalistic way. You can get a really interesting look with using multiple brush sizes, some of which you get wet and some of which you don’t. If you’re really struggling to get creative, search for eclectic or abstract art on Pinterest to get some inspiration of what you think looks perfect for your space. Once dried, I like to trim my pieces down to fit to the edge of the frame, or use a mat to make my art look much more high end.

#2: Opt for Black and White

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The next eclectic art project that I love to create is bold black and white paintings. I tend to always be drawn to color, so it helps to incorporate black and white to break up space in my home. Some of my favorite artwork that I’ve been drawn to lately are minimalistic black and white body form art. I’ve still yet to take a stab at it myself, but have created the abstract black and white art above for my living room.

When painting with black on white paper, or visa versa, I always opt for a dry or slightly damp brush. For these types of pieces, brush strokes are your friend. I’ll again typically start by picking an interesting piece of paper. For example thick watercolor paper, or shiny poster board is going to have a different look and feel once framed. Once I’ve picked out the right paper, I’ll get out a few different brushes to keep a really dry brush on hand. Then I’ll paint repeated shapes or simply brush strokes over and over until the paper is filled. This is another style of painting that once cut down to size and framed with or without a mat looks intentional and store bought.

#3: Use Paper as Your Medium

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Another really simple way to create super clean and precise eclectic art is to use paper as your medium. I love mid-century modern design, and I’ve been drawn to retro geometric art. However, I’ve found that most of the geometric art I’ve been drawn to is something that seems super simple to duplicate.

To create a geometric print, I’ll first start by finding a shape that I like. I’ll then either achieve this shape by buying paper that already has a repeated pattern to it, or drawing the shape on a piece of paper. Using a ruler, protractor, or tracing an object I can then create a clean template to start with. Once I have my template, I’ll usually find two or three different colors of card stock to trace my space onto. Then using a paper cutter (which can seriously cut down time with simpler shapes), or a pair of scissors, I’ll cut out enough shapes to fit the size of the paper I’m trying to fill. Finally I’ll lay out my pieces of paper in a repeated or interesting way. For this project sometimes less is more as added white space can create a more crisp look.

Choosing the Right Frame for Your New Eclectic Art

Choosing a frame for your homemade eclectic art is just as important as the art itself. My three go-to styles of frames for my home are either black, gold or wood. However, for your home you may have a different style where a lighter color palette makes more sense. To fill wall space I’ll usually opt for either two 8×10 or 11×14 inches to stack or place side by side. Or I’ll go for a larger frame that’s 24 x 36 inches. If I’ve created art for my bookshelves, I’ll cut the art to fit a 4×6 or 5×7 inch frame.

I’m usually drawn to art in pairs, so my favorite way to spruce up a wall is to stack similar art pieces i’ve created one on top of the other in identical frames. The best part of creating your own art is the ability to get creative and completely transform a room with new artwork whenever you feel like it.

What’s your favorite type of artwork to dress up a room? Have a style of art you’ve always wanted to recreate yourself? Let me know in the comments!

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