When it comes to home decor, one thing I definitely struggle with is buying wall art. Everything just feels so permanent and, not to mention, expensive! And while I’d love to spend a small fortune on gorgeous wall adornments, it’s just not in the cards for me when it comes to responsible adulting. But when I feel the urge to update my walls, I surf one of my favorite home decor brands, Anthropologie, for DIY wall art inspiration. On a recent Anthro tunnel, the Lunar Kingdom Wall Art caught my eye in particular, and once I peeped that $2000 price tag, I knew I had to get my craft supplies out.
For just about $30 and a little bit of patience, you can definitely DIY this dreamy piece of art.
Plus, you’ll get all the bragging rights when guests visit. Sounds like a win/win situation to me.
Round up your materials and let’s get started!
Tape down the edges of the watercolor paper using drafting tape. This helps create a clean edge and also keeps the paper from warping while the watercolor dries.
To create the ombre effect, start painting with your darkest pink at the top of your paper and paint the bottom with the darkest yellow. Slowly make your way down between the two colors, fading the pink to orange and then yellow.
Allow your paper to dry completely (about two hours) before removing the tape. While removing the tape, make sure to pull in a direction away from your work to avoid ripping away layers of paper.
Using the tape, mask out the shape of a triangle.
Apply a light layer of the gold leaf adhesive and then place a sheet of Simple Leaf directly onto the adhesive. Press down firmly on the wax paper to ensure all of the gold leaf transfers over, then carefully peel the wax paper away.
Pull the masking away from the gold leaf to avoid accidentally taking gold leaf off.
The best part of the original art is the contrast between the perfect circle and the uneven lines. It also makes this step so much easier for us! Freehand paint a stripe directly below the triangle using the gold leaf adhesive. Apply the gold leaf directly onto the adhesive, press down firmly onto the wax paper and then pull the gold leaf away. Repeat these steps to create three gold stripes.
Allow your piece to dry overnight, then hang away! We like the look of a loose print, but this piece would look amazing framed as well.
How are you customizing your gold leaf wall art? Show us your designs by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative!
Author: Marianne Koo
DIY Production: Marianne Koo
Photography: Brittany Griffin