Goodness me, I want extra credit for this one. Math and trends! Two of my least favorite things.
Trends wear me out because I can’t keep up and math…well that speaks for itself, no? I tried a variety of ways to make a chevron (those inverted “V” patterns) wall hanging for me niece; I wanted to give her something appropriate and fun but changeable. I tried cutting stencils, I tried using spray adhesive and glitter. I tried spray paint as well, but I was never satisfied with the tightness of the lines, and the glitter just got everywhere. I had to resort to math.
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To make one inch wide stripes, make a diagonal line a few inches long from the left corner of the canvas. Use the ruler to make sure the top line of the first chevron is equal, continuing across the canvas to the right. You will then have one top of one chevron across the page.
Return to the left side of the canvas, and measure from that line, toward the left, one inch, making several marks until you can draw a point. Place the ruler at the top of the canvas and draw a line from top to bottom, which will indicate where those points will align. Now, continue measuring a one inch wide stripe, each time you reach a point, draw a straight line from top to bottom for points.
Fill the canvas in this way with chevrons.
Painter’s tape applied inside your chevrons will ensure straight, tight lines. Use your finger to press the tape securely to the canvas. Use several coats of acrylic paint, allowing to dry between applications.
One the first color is dry, apply tape over the paint and use the next color. Allow to dry.
In the meantime, make your embellishments. The store I visited was out of the letter I wanted, so I made my own out of paper with my Cricut. I cut out a curly J and then a background J, in black and white. You can do the same with a die cut machine, or you can buy wooden letters. Alternatively, you can design the letter you want (or image) on a word processing application, print on cardstock and cut around with a crafter’s knife.
Decorate the letter as you like. Paint, decoupage, glitter, ribbon, even photos. Coat with sealant or Mod Podge. I used dimensional stickers between the two letter layers, and then more to create space between the canvas and the embellishment. If using wood letters, consider a stronger adhesive, such as hot glue.
Burnish the edges of a length of ribbon with a match or lighter, lightly singeing the ends. Attach with hot glue to the back of the canvas, and hang.
You could apply a layer of magnetic paint under the chevrons or make the paint into chalkboard paint. Easy peasy.
To upcycle the wall dec when chevrons are so 2012, just remove the embellishment, coat with a layer of gesso, and get funky.