You don’t have to have years of experience or even a remarkable set of skills to be an artist. To make art, you only need creativity and imagination.
See which ideas pique your interest and which ones you would like to try. Getting started is often the hardest part so take the leap and see what you can create at home.
Melted Crayon Art (Reimagined)
There is a good chance you’ve seen, at some point, melted crayon art that was made with crayons lined up next to each other at the top of a canvas. A hairdryer or similar source of heat is used to gradually melt the crayons from end to end. As the wax melts, it drips down the canvas creating a vibrant visual. While the more traditional method of this art project continuously creates beautiful artwork, we challenge use to think outside the box.
Here are a few different ways you can use crayons to make melted wax art:
- Use tape to cover a portion of the canvas while the wax melts. Create patterns, shapes, figures, etc. with the tape.
- Arrange the crayons into a unique shape or pattern, rather than only lining them up across the top of the canvas.
- Melt only shades of green and brown to create stems, then attach fake flowers for a 3D effect.
- Decorate something other than paper or canvas. Try melting crayons onto pumpkins, glasses, jars, and more.
Pointillism (Dot Art)
Pointillism, also commonly called dot art, is a painting technique in which distinct dots of color are arranged in patterns to create a picture. Traditionally, pointillism is done with only small dots that are the same or close to the same size. Modern versions of pointillism, or the dot art we are referring to, uses dots of different sizes to create mandalas and other types of artwork.
The best paint to use for dot art is acrylic. If you don’t already have some acrylic paint, we suggest purchasing a variety of colors to have on hand. Everything else you need to create a unique piece of artwork using pointillism is likely already in your home.
For the dots themselves, you can use a paintbrush, a cotton swab, a skewer, or just about any object that will allow you to carefully apply just a single dot of paint. As for what you should paint, get creative! You can paint dots on just about anything. Just be sure to leave the artwork alone until the paint dries completely. The larger the dot, the longer it will take to dry.
Yarn Wall Hanging
Anyone can make some of the coziest crafts with yarn. Wall hangings are currently a must-have piece of décor and you can make your own with yarn pretty easily. If you are looking for a fun DIY art project to pass the time and would prefer to put your artwork to good use, this is the project for you.
There are hundreds of thousands of tutorials online for how to create your own wall hanging. But they all say pretty much the same thing: tie strings of yarn around a stick or rod of some sort, then trim the bottom as you see fit. You can cut the yarn straight across to create a horizontal line, or you can start high at the edge and cut each piece longer as you go toward the middle to create an arrow shape. You can also create a zig-zag pattern or a semi-circle pattern. How you choose to shape your wall hanging is entirely up to you.
You can use the same color of yarn for the entire piece or mix it up and create a pattern. There is no limit to the number of ways you can make your wall hanging unique.
Another way to put yarn or other types of string to good use is with string art. String art is a project that anyone can take on, regardless of how much experience you have with creating art.
To make your own string art at home, you will need:
- A piece of wood (however big or small you want your art to be)
- String (Embroidery floss, yarn, cord, etc.)
Once you have an idea of what kind of pattern you want to create, you should either draw or print out a picture of that pattern to use as an outline. You will then create an outline of that image with nails by carefully hammering them into the wood. Make sure the nails are evenly spaced around your pattern and nail them to the same depth.
Once the nails are in place, tie your string to the first nail and then outline the perimeter of the shape. Be sure to leave some extra string at the end so you can tie it off once you are finished. To make sure the art looks neat and the string stays tight, wrap the string around the nail every time you come to a corner or need to change the direction of your string.
Once you have created the outline of your image, you can then fill in the shape with string. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just take your string from side to side, top to bottom, and all around to create a random assortment of lines that fill in the shape. Once you’ve done that, tie off the end of your string and you’re finished.