Do It Yourself: Original Artwork

As fashionable, fabulous college students, it can be hard to marry a small budget and a well-decorated home harmoniously. So what do you do if you want to skip the Target home section and make your place a little more personal? Luckily, it’s easy to create custom artwork for your walls for much cheaper than you would be able to buy original art. This technique is so simple that you can do it even if you aren’t an artist.  The idea is to use tape and stickers to create a design that you then simply paint over. When the paint is dry, the tape and stickers peel off and you’re left with a unique canvas painting.

For this project, I had a budget of $35. My original supply list included a canvas, paint, tape, stickers, and a paint brush. I found a great deal on a 16″x21″ canvas two-pack, which was originally $15 but on sale for $6 (yes, for two!). I spent $4 for each of the acrylic paints, $4 on the brushes, $3 on the garage sale stickers (to make circles), $4 on the tape (which can be cut to make different sized lines), and $3 for each package of letters. Since I was under budget at $28, I also snagged some white glitter to mix in with my yellow paint. At $3 for a big tube, it made my grand total $31.

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Come one, come all, and see the creativity!

Deep Ellum Art Walk mashup
Mark your calendars! Saturday September 24, from 6:00PM-10:00PM, is the legendary 10th Semi-Annual Deep Ellum Art Walk in Dallas, which will feature local artists in the Deep Ellum and Expo Park galleries.

The event is open to the public and will encompass art, shopping, music, and food. It is a free event and is easily accessible for UT Dallas students. You can hop on the Red Line at the Campbell DART rail station in Richardson and get off at the Deep Ellum stop in Dallas. All students are entitled to a free DART pass through UT Dallas, which makes this event free for all students to attend.

Be prepared to enjoy food trucks and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are hidden gems in our city. Make sure to keep an eye out for CentralTrak, which is the gallery that provides space for UT Dallas artists. Come out and discover some great local artists and get to know fellow local art lovers. We’ll see you there!
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