Notes from the Field: The Art of Homemade Art
June 18, 2012
By Karin Lidbeck Brent
In my years of experience as a stylist for magazines, I have seen many forms of art on the walls of the homes I have scouted and photographed. Many of these pieces are museum-worthy possessions, but the ones that strike me as most treasured are the ones made by the homeowners themselves. Such unique art pieces embody a spark of playfulness and an abundance of originality that make the walls they hang on light up the room with a burst of energy. Often, these made-at-home art forms are so simple that you wonder, why did I not think of this myself?
On a scouting trip to New Hampshire for New England Home, I remember a homeowner’s frustration and worry about finding just the right piece to occupy this clean, white wall for our upcoming shoot. I loved her solution: do-it-yourself black electric tape. The black tape created an eye-catching piece that allowed the room to remain a simple, modern milieu.
This use of Scrabble letters as art is another simple idea that caught my eye. Hung on the wall in a seaside setting, the letter pieces remind me, and I’m sure many others, of family Scrabble-playing days, which creates a â€œglad to be homeâ€ feel.
This piece, most definitely inspired by the highly recognizable work of Andy Warhol, was created through the use of a repetitive, computer-manipulated image, which was than printed onto a canvas. You can easily change the color of any image with your computer, which will allow you to create a stunning piece for any room you desire.
A favorite song or saying is a happy reminder, and can be made into an artful display with a simple letter-stencil and a blank canvas.
Art can be an object on the wall that is accompanied by a good story. Instead of throwing away this broken acoustic guitar, the homeowner chose to display it for all to see. He not only created a fabulous piece of art, but he created a visual memory of a greatly missed instrument.