Picture this: A blogger creates a gorgeous #AnthroHack project that is so inspiring you jump right in, only to find yourself paint-covered and angry five hours later. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there! Sometimes it’s important to remember that when it comes to DIY art projects, less is more. Trying to go beyond your skill level is asking for a Pinterest fail, and that’s way more frustrating than fun. Enter, negative space art. With easy-to-follow techniques and rad results, these projects guarantee wow-worthy wall art that’ll put a huge smile on your face.

1. Gold Wall Art: Use thumbtacks for more than just hanging. Gold pushpins with a bright background make for some seriously stylish wall art, friends. And if thumbtacks seem like too much to take on, try gold tape for a sleeker finish. (via Brit+Co)

2. Silhouette Wall Art: Adorable home art starts with a handmade touch. It doesn’t get more personal than this silhouette art that comes together in very few steps. We’re thinking these would be perfect for a nursery or playroom. (via Brit + Co)

3. DIY Paper Wall Art: We know that a supply list which includes chicken wire, rolled paper and a staple gun sounds like it’s fit for a MacGyver escape, but just wait. The results of this simple DIY are stunning, and with a little bit of ingenuity, the design possibilities really are endless. (via Sugar and Cloth)

4. Peekaboo Paper Wall Art: How cute are these leaf cutouts? We think this would look really cool with colorful scrapbook paper too. (via OhOh Blog)

5. Wordy String Art: True story: String art makes our hearts go pitter-patter. Make this cute version that doubles as a greeting to hang in an entryway. (via Make+Haus)

6. Stencil + Masking Card: If you’ve never used rubber cement, we’re about to blow the door wide open on everything you’ve ever known about adhesives. The easily removable solvent is perfect for protecting stencils like on the card above. Be sure you click over to check out the easy-peasy video tutorial. (via Jennifer McGuire Ink)

7. DIY Confetti Wall Art: This whimsical piece is reminiscent of champagne bubbles and would look great over a bar cart. Homemade and with just the right amount of swank? We’ll drink to that! (via Just KaliRae)

8. Spray Paint Wall Art: Make this gorgeous abstract artwork with spray paint in just 10 minutes. Add on a quote with vinyl letters to make it a fun graduation gift. (via Brit + Co)

9. DIY Copper Wall Art: Who knew tape could pack such a punch? Here, copper tape takes shape to make this sunburst-style image that’s perfect for a living room or entryway. (via Homey Oh My)

10. Song Lyric Wall Art: Whether you choose something sentimental or decide to go with “All About That Bass” (no treble), you really can’t go wrong with adding a dose of lyrics to your decor. It’ll have you humming your fave tunes at each glance. (via A Beautiful Mess)

11. Crayon Art: Crayons are totally for grownups too. Use your favorite colors of Crayola to create this cool work of art. Note: The starting point for this can come from ANY high-contrast image you choose, so feel free to get creative. (via Artistic Junkie)

12. Reverse Stencil Wood Sign: Using a stencil to make clean art is nothing new… until now. Flip that technique on its head and create a design by reverse stenciling. We also love that with this method, bleeding through is less of a concern. (via Creations by Kara)

13. Split Photo Art: Since one is the loneliest number, double the fun by combining two images to create a dream-like work of art. This looks great in black and white, but we think adding in some color would have equally amazing results. (via House by Hoff)

14. Spin Art: Possibly the most fun art project on the list, these cool paintings only require paint, cardstock and a salad spinner. And with endless possibilities and color combos to try out, these abstract pieces are sure to impress. You can even try laying down tape beforehand to create an underlying pattern. (via Brit + Co)

15. Herringbone Wall Art: The best part of this project is that you can get super messy as you make it and still end up with a clean, crisp end result. If herringbone isn’t your cup of tea, try out some geometric patterns. (via Laura Wadsworth)

16. Negative Space Typography: Bright colors + wood grain are seriously a match made in heaven. Choose your favorite word and make a piece of art that’s sure to spark conversation. (via Hello Hydrangea)

What DIY wall art projects have you taken on lately? Tag us in your pics on Instagram!