Make a statement in living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or hallways by decorating your walls with this easy-to-make stamped Ikat artwork.
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Cut or have a Lowe's associate cut a sheet of birch plywood to the desired size (we cut two 15-in x 18-in pieces). Use a 180-grit sanding block to lightly sand the surface and edges of the board. Wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Choose three different colors to paint the background. If desired, measure the board into even thirds and mark lightly with a pencil. With your first color, paint a vertical section across one third of the board (we used Crushed Oregano).
Paint the middle third of the board with your second color (we used Ocean Abyss), using the brush to lightly blend the two colors where they meet. Paint the remaining segment of the board with your third color (we used Lyndhurst Duchess Blue), lightly blending where it meets with the middle color. Let dry.
Print the ikat stencil and cut out both sizes of the design. Place them on a piece of shelf liner, and trace with a permanent marker. Cut out the stamps.
To save time, cut out several stamps in both sizes and use a different stamp for each paint color. For a larger pattern, enlarge the stencils, then cut out the shapes, and transfer to shelf liner.
Cover one side of the larger stamp with paint. Use your fingers to press the stamp paint-side down on the board until it leaves an impression. Lift up an edge of the stamp and pull back. Repeat for the rest of the board, using the desired paint colors to make a large grid pattern. Let dry.
You may need to press the stamp down more than once to create a solid-color shape. Make sure to line up the stamp with the existing shape before making a second impression.
Once dry, peel the stamp off the board.
Cover the smaller stamp with paint and press it in the center of one of the larger shapes. Repeat for the remaining shapes and let dry.
Once the paint is dry, flip the board over. Use a small hammer and finishing nails to attach one self-leveling hanger to the top of the artwork near the center of the board. Use 3/8-in nails to avoid poking through the painted side. Add additional hangers if necessary.