MyÂ big bathroom was a disaster when I moved in to my house last year, but I knew I couldn’tÂ spend a whole lot of money on a full bathroom reno. Instead, I opted to make minor, but high-impact changes, to the space. I ripped off the silvery wallpaper (ugh!), painted out the wood trim on the 80s vanity, installed a new countertop and over-mount sink, and replaced the faucet, mirror, and lighting. I also cleaned the heck out of everything. The renos definitely improved the space, but theÂ grey/cream linoleum flooring and the grey tub and tile surround were distracting. Rather than trying to change these things, I decided to create a high-impact gallery wall to divert people’s (and my)Â attention. I think it’s working, too!
I’ve been slowly filling in my Rorschach-inspired gallery wall as I come across frames of different sizes in thrift stores, yard sales, and stores. When I’m out and about, I try to find frames that might fit an empty space on the wall. When I have a few frames, I start painting the inkblots. And then I hang them where I feel they might look best (I only created one extra mistake hole so far…yay). I can be quite impatient so I didn’t wait until I had all the frames/art to start hanging themÂ up. I constantly add to the wall. Here’s what it looks like now:
The upper left corner stillÂ needs to be filled in. Other than that, the wall is just about done.
Making inkblot art is super easy. Here’s my step-by-step process:
1. Find a frame (I only use black frames or borderless frame).
2. Cut a piece of white paper to fit inside of the frame. (I tend to useÂ bristol board because it’s strong and thick and the paintÂ won’t seep through.)
3. Fold paperÂ in half.
4. Plop/drip/spread gobs of black paint on one halfÂ of theÂ paperÂ (I use artist’s acrylic paint, but craft paint from aÂ dollar store also works fine).
5. Refold the paperÂ in half.
6. Rub your hand over the folded paper. Smoosh the paint around through the paper.
7. UnfoldÂ the paper.Â (I love this step!)
8. Surprise! What do you see? (This is the best part!)
9. Let the paint dry.
10. Frame your art.
What do you think?Â Do your eyes – or your brain – hurt from staring at the wall too long? What do you see in the inkblots on my wall?