If you have children, you should definitely include them in this simple but eye catching wall art. Why, might you ask?
Well, from a single, childless person’s perspective, the most tedious aspect of this project was painting all those blocks (I had quite a few left over not used in this project that I used in others that I’ll share later). Some sides I left bare, others I painted solid colors, or used two colors diagonally. Simple, but time consuming, and I kept thinking, “imagine how much faster I could get this done if I had a couple of kids with eager and nimble fingers to help me crank out these blocks!” And then I shook my fists to the heavens in angst over my barren womb.
If you actually do have children, you might think this would be a great bonding time project, an opportunity to teach them about colors, or to create and appreciate a handmade piece of art for their room.
I just wanted to Joe Jackson them into my own little block painting sweatshop. You can go with whatever reason fits your situation; no judgment here.
This really is a very simple project born from wanting to display my own artwork / décor / projects in my apartment. I’ve worked with unfinished wood pieces before, which are actually some of my favorite materials for projects. The geometric trend is still pretty popular and when I did this project, painted blocks were floating around Etsy and on different blogs and this is my own spin on the trend.
I simply painted the blocks, glued them to blank canvases with E6000 glue and let it dry overnight. You can’t get much simpler than that.
I was mindful about not putting too many blocks on the canvas, as I wanted to keep them light. I love that the final result is colorful and dimensional. Also, regardless of how you look at them, whether from the sides or front, it’s a different piece of art!
What I really love about this project is that it can be personalized and customized in so many ways. You could use pastels, metallics, or a mix of patterns and solid colors. You could also use a color palette to match a room. Perhaps create a bunch of small canvases with artist trading cards using mini blocks and glue them to a larger canvas. Or create shapes or initials with the blocks. Maybe paint the canvas black before adding the blocks, or any other color. This is definitely a concept that you can play with.
If I had the patience, space, and a few extra hands, I would love to create this piece on a larger than life scale, spanning the length and width of a wall. Can you imagine? If I ever get the opportunity to do so, I’ll be opening up my babysitting business at the same time. Just a little heads up to all interested parents in the Tennessee/Arkansas/Mississippi area. Ask about my specials!