Here at Brit HQ, wall art is always on our minds. But something else has been popping into our heads lately, and that is … rope! We are quickly becoming obsessed with this material and everything you can create with it. This DIY was inspired by the creative mind of Alicia Scardetta. She creates beautiful wall hangings that include rope, weaving, wrapping and tons of texture. We created our own rope wall hanging influenced by her amazing use of color and geometric patterns. Check out our first of many rope-inspired kits!
– cotton rope
– hot glue gun
– paint brushes
1. Cut a piece of cardboard to your desired canvas size. Then measure out pieces of rope that are about 2-3 inches longer than the length of the cardboard.
2. Glue down all pieces of rope side-by-side to cover the cardboard and create a canvas.
3. Pick a pattern for inspiration and start painting!
We wanted a large statement wall piece, so we chose 14 x 20 inches for our canvas. Start unraveling your rope and cut pieces that are 2-3 inches longer than your canvas.
Start glueing the pieces of rope down one by one. Press them extremely close together to get a perfect rope canvas.
We left our ends ragged, but feel free to trim them once all the pieces are secure.
Create the perfect combination of colors and squeeze them onto a plate. Find inspiration for your design. Like we mentioned before, ours came from the beautiful works of Alicia Scardetta.
Think of the rope canvas as a grid. Divide it into stripes, squares, rectangles and triangles.
Play with color and placement. Gold next to a deep purple really creates a pop!
Don’t forget about size — try creating the same pattern in different sizes.
Geometry all day everyday.
Don’t worry about painting the rope perfectly. There is a rawness in the texture of the rope showing through the paint.
What do you think of this new take on wall art? Create your own and share with us using the hashtag #iamcreative. As always, leave your questions and comments below!