DIY Art for the Non-Artist

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DIY Art for the Non-Artist


Here are some simple art projects you can use for inspiration to make artwork for your own home. Customize the colors or design for your taste or decor.

Up-cycled Watercolor


1- Frame(s) with mat

2-watercolor paper

3-watercolor paint (choose your colors)

4-watercolor paintbrush

5-metallic paint (optional)

Look at your local thrift shop for some frames with mats.




Try to look past the horrendous “art” inside the frames or even the frame color. Look for good quality frames and nice mats. You will be removing the art and you can always paint the frames.

I used quick straight strokes with water color paint. I chose to use various blues to go with my decor.



I then added some metallic gold using the Precious Metal Effect Paint.



I LOVE this stuff!!


Now, it is ready to hang in my husband’s office.




Tissue Paper Art


1-Several sheets of multicolored tissue paper

2-Watercolor sheet to fit your frame.

3-Glue stick

4-Fiskars Paper cutter (or scissors if you just want squares)

5-Metal Effects Paint


I found this frame at Goodwill.



Again…look past the “artwork.”


I used about three coats of turquoise spray paint to paint the frame.




For the artwork, I used the Fiskars paper cutter with the large scalloped edges to cut a variety of tissue paper colors.



I laid them sporadically over a large sheet of water color paper that I cut to fit the frame. I lightly used glue stick to stick them to the page. You cannot use regular glue or it will ruin the tissue paper. YOU MUST USE A GLUE STICK!



I then painted some geometric shapes (mostly squares) throughout the background. I again used the metallic paint.



..and it is finished. I really like how this turned out. I was hesitant at first to paint the frame turquoise, but I now definitely think that was the best choice.


Popsicle Art


1-Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)


You can find these in the kids craft aisle.


2-Spray paint



3-Wood glue

4-Ply-wood board

I loved this one! I had left over plywood from another project to use as my background. I spray painted the sticks in a couple shades of turquoise, yellow, red, white and used a spray stain for some too.



Yes, my 3 year old participated in this step. I DO NOT recommend that…certainly made the project more challenging.



I laid them down horizontally and vertically and not necessarily even or any coordinating color pattern. I did not want it to look manufactured. I used wood glue to adhere them to the particle board.




..and of course, you must sign your artwork.



After it was dry, I added a hanging hook to the back and mounted it to the wall.



Live Love Laugh Canvas



2-Spray Paint

3-Acrylic Paint and brush for the heart

4-Wall Vanity letters


These are designed to be placed directly on the wall, but I chose to use them for the canvas instead.

I purchased a large canvas from Jo-Ann’s and the “Live, Love, Laugh” mirrored phrase. I used the two shades of turquoise and lightly sprayed little “clouds” over the canvas.




I used metallic silver to paint a “cloud” where I was going to paint the heart later. This was super simple and dried super fast. I was able to add the mirrored phrase almost immediately. I then painted the red heart using Liquitex Acrylic paint.



We gave this away on the show. It is very simple to create yourself.


What do you think of these ideas? Please share some of your own artwork projects with me. We can inspire each other.
Here is a clip from the show to see these projects in action.

All of my supplies came from the fabulous Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.



American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.


  1. Debbie

    September 9, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Good Morning I was looking for the examples you did on the show with the chalkboard paint! Can you tell me where I can find them! We have a Joann Fabrics here in my area so I can easily get the supplies. I shop there alot. Thank you Debbie

    • Lindee Katdare

      September 10, 2014 at 7:15 am


      Here it is. So sorry! After the show, my son broke his arm last week. I totally dropped the ball after that.

  2. Gary

    November 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    That’s my brilliant daetughr using her noggin once again! And my precious little Elsie working on her creativity, too. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, Cate! Great job documenting this! Hugs.

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