February 27, 2014

DIY Modern Art

Do you remember the framed art that hung in our office/library space?

Our office/dining space (still) in progress with the framed DIY artwork on the left.

 It was a quick and easy DIY, and I wanted to share how I made them.

Things you'll need:
- Paper (I used watercolor paper)
- Paint (I used Benjamin Moore's Waynesboro Taupe 1544)
- Paint roller
- Acrylic Paint (I used Golden Heavy Body Iridescent Acrylic in Bright Gold)
- Radish 
- Matted frame (I used this frame from Target.)

A radish
Yes, I used a radish to create the round imprints.

image via Pinterest. original source unknown.

You can also use any other vegetables or anything that creates the shape you desire. I cut the radish in half to make a round stamp. 

This is the acrylic paint I used. I think any heavy body acrylics would do the job. 

1. Paint the paper using a paint roller. 
I used latex paint for this, just because I had some left over from painting our family room. Let the paint on the paper dry completely. 

2. Dip the cut radish in the acrylic paint and stamp, stamp, stamp! 
I used a generous amount of paint to create the uneven, 3-D effect that I was going after. I also re-dipped the radish in the paint for each stamping. Do you see the uneven, vein-like effect? I love it! And remember, it doesn't have to be perfect. 

3. Let the acrylic paint dry and you are ready to frame and display your artwork! 

It's super easy, isn't it? 

I like the way this artwork reminds me of the framed intaglios that I adore. I think it looks particularly good when you group a multiple frames together and create a gallery wall.

image via Pinterest. original source unknown
Amy D. Morris Interiors

What do you think?


  1. looks great! I love grey and gold together so much.

    1. Thanks Stephen! Any colors would do, but I think the dark background really makes it :)


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