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Pollock-Inspired Pumpkins

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Pollock-Inspired Pumpkins DIY

I wanted to make something fun, using things I already owned, for my Halloween decor this year and decided to search the web for artful inspiration. Of course, when the first Jackson Pollock came around on my Pinterest board I was sold. Acrylic paint? Check! Brushes? Check! Willingness to make a mess? Check!

Not to take away from the man, but I personally find Mr. Pollock more attractive than genius, although–in my 20s–I've come to the conclusion that those two qualities often juxtapose and one can open a window to see the other more clearly. Images of him doing his thing drew me closer with excitement to this project, even more than the actual finished pieces I looked at. There was room for creativity–Pollock always looks so relaxed and focused. I wanted to feel that way too, even for a little while. And that was it, my pumpkins would be rocking paint splatters.

  Look at that pristine old-man hair!  (source)

Look at that pristine old-man hair! (source)

The color palette I used for this project isn't very Pollock per-se, but hey, this was about recycling and these were the colors I had, so they would have to do. And just like that I was ready, are you? Let's Pollock!

Pollock-Inspired Pumpkins DIY

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1. Pumpkins! Whatever size you want. I initially spray-painted mine with an old Montana Gold can I had forgotten in the back of my closet. You can also use white acrylic paint or that old bucket of wall paint you have in your basement.

2. Acrylic paints. I found these really bright ones at Da Vinci Artist Supplies a while back, but any other acrylic paint would do.

3. Painting brushes, or even those old make-up brushes you no longer use can be recycled.

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ONE

Dissolve the first color you'd like to layer on your pumpkin in some water. You want the consistency to be that of a pumpkin soup (pun so intended). The concoction is got to be watery enough to fly off your brush, but thick enough that it will stay in place once it landed on your canvas–or pumpkin, whatever.

Pollock-Inspired Pumpkins DIY

TWO

Repeat the process of step ONE with each of the colors you'd like to use. Layer splashes, dance around, be marry; until you are happy with the result.

PRO TIP: Swing your arm in a chief conductor motion; the closer the swing the larger the mark. Oh, and thicker brushes make larger splashes.

THREE

To finish them off (and this optional) paint the stems with the color of your preference and LET-THEM-DRY (not optional) overnight. And that's it, you are free to go!

Pollock-Inspired Pumpkins DIY

What do you think? Use the comment section to ask any questions and hashtag #ElMuseoDIY if you make them this Halloween!

5 practical collage secrets

art, diyaniella matejovskyComment
iphone dream collage

Making collages is one of the most relaxing activities I can think of. I can sit for hours looking at magazines, sit for hours cutting them up, and sit for hours rearranging my cut-outs until they fit just right. It's nice. I listen to podcasts, watch bad movies and day-dream while I'm at it. I have to admit though, it wasn't always so relaxing. I got so stressed out about cutting up the wrong chunk, messing up my pretty paper or that stupid, messy glue. So after many trials, and lots, and lots of errors I learned a thing or two, and I've decided to share some of the tricks I've gathered throughout my collage way (5 to be exact) so you can skip the tough part and move on to the fun right away! 

cake collage

Cut up the flimsy parts

Many times I found an incredible, itty-bitty piece that I had to have, just to see it crumble 5 minutes later under my pair of hungry scissors. When you come across this situation: just divide the thing and make sure you do it at a place where it can be easily put back together if that's your intention. If not, just play with your two new ridiculously tiny bits.

Clean your hands. Constantly!

Don't you hate those stupid back smudges all over your no-longer nice, crisp paper? It's dirt. From your hands. So keep them clean, and always double check them before smearing your work with unwanted marks.

Use a glue-stick

Some people swear by that white school glue, but I'm a believer for its adhesive, less messy sibling: the stick. You don't run the risk of using too much or damaging your paper. It's just way easier and neat overall, and it's cheaper too.

have a ruler handy

It will help you be exact when placing pieces, and most importantly: it's better than your hands for flattening the paper once your glueing it together. No fuzz, no bumps. You're welcome.

Let it dry

Seriously. Stop looking at it, let the glue do its magic and don't touch the damn thing. I know it's tempting, and as creative soul your work is never done, but trust me on this one. Once you see you actually have a final product, you'll be happy you did not mess with it (too much).

dart books collage

Do you have any secrets for making collages? Please share in the comments or click on the heart icon if you liked this post!

matisse-inspired phone case

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matisse-inspired phone case diy

I love crafts! As a graphic designer, I've been into them long before I started college. Oh, my Art Attack days. Truth be told, it's a very rewarding thing to be able to look at something I created with my own tiny hands (you can ask my friends, they are abnormally small). So that's why, when thinking about creating this blog I was sure I wanted to include a DIY section to share some of my fun ideas inspired by art and color, of course!

My first post on the subject is going to be a Matisse-inspired phone case project. Specifically motivated by his cut-out series, which I got a chance to see on display at the MoMa last winter. The exhibition was beautiful and filled with color, it was just my taste.

  source:  ny times

source: ny times

In the late 1940s, Henri Matisse turned almost exclusively to cut paper as his primary medium, and scissors as his chief implement, introducing a radically new operation that came to be called a cut-out. Matisse would cut painted sheets into forms of varying shapes and sizes—from the vegetal to the abstract—which he then arranged into lively compositions, striking for their play with color and contrast, their exploitation of decorative strategies, and their economy of means.

Economy of means is right. This was really easy (and cheap) project to make. So are you ready now? Let's go...

matisse-inspired phone case diy

What you'll need

1. A clear phone case that fits your device, I got mine on Amazon.
2. Vinyl paper in your desired palette. I found mine at Michaels, but you can get your hands on these at any craft store or online (just make sure the paper is colored on both sides as shown in this photo on the right).
3. A pencil or pen.
4. Small scissors for easy access.

Easy breezy.

matisse-inspired phone case diy

ONE

Using your pen, trace your phone on the back of all the vinyl sheets you want to use to get an idea of the size the cut-outs should be.

MATISSE-INSPIRED PHONE CASE DIY

TWO

Go to town and draw as many Matisse-inspired cut-outs as you wish inside the previously traced rectangles. It's great to have options.

MATISSE-INSPIRED PHONE DIY

Three

Now grab your scissors and cut those puppies up, then plan out how to distribute them inside your case. It doesn't need to be exact.

four

Start sticking your vinyl cut-outs on the inside part of your case, fill it up all the way aaand you're done! Now you have a fun Matisse-inspired case to pair to your most colorful outfits.

MATISSE PHONE CASE DIY

What do you think? Use the comment section to ask any questions and the hashtag #ElMuseoDIY if you make it!