(Michelle Adams's bedroom is our inspiration. Photo above © Lonny / photos below courtesy Joss & Main )Affordable art is always a hot topic here at Lonny HQ, which is why we were so excited and inspired when our friends at Joss & Main passed along this brilliant D.I.Y. dot art tutorial. Have you ever gazed longingly upon Michelle Adams's bedroom gallery wall (above) and thought to yourself, "I want to go to there?" Then these step-by-step instructions are calling your name.
Step 1: Make a Stamp
To make the painting process quick and simple, we turned a foam sponge into a stamp that we could use to dot circles on our canvas. To create your own: draw a freehand circle on either end of a foam sponge (make sure to choose dense foam for the most even dots!). Don’t worry about making the circles the same size and shape. In fact, try to make them slightly different. For this project, the more random and scattered the spots, the better. After you’ve traced your circles, use X-ACTO knife to carefully trim around each outline.
Step 2: Get Painting
Once your stamp is made, squeeze paint into the center of a piece of cardboard or a paper plate. Dip one end of the stamp into the paint, and blot. Then, press the stamp onto the canvas, and repeat. We created two patterns, one with neat rows (shown above; we alternated sides of the stamp for each row to give them a slightly different look), and one with a scattered pattern. For the scattered print, we used the stamp to create the larger spots, and did the smaller ones with a paintbrush.
Step 3: Fill in the Gaps
To finish it off, we used the paintbrush to touch up our circles.
Step 4: Ta-da!
Allow your canvas to dry overnight, and it’s ready to hang!