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Geometric Painting Knock-off

I took a stab at making a geometric painting (inspiration below).  I painted a canvas a shade of grey I mixed, using acrylic paint.  It is a bit darker than the inspiration, because I didn’t want it to blend in with the basement walls (where I think it’s destined to hang).  Then I drew the pattern I wanted with a pencil and ruler.

Using a short, hard bristled brush I traced my lines in white paint (I needed to go over them twice for an opaque look).  Then I filled in the triangles.

The result:


This is the original Etsy inspiration (which must have sold because everyone’s links are an Etsy dead-end.  Anyone know the seller?)  I didn’t realize until writing this post how overboard I went on the coloured triangles. 

Via Pinterest

Kristin F. Davis did a tutorial for Pantone.  Even though she started with same piece as inspiration, hers and mine look totally different from each others’ and the original.

Kristin F Davis Designs

Honestly, I think I like mine the least.  Sad face.  But copying the work of someone else is not as easy as one might think.  Further, just making a decent abstract is tough.  It can slide into cheesy, my-kid-could-paint-that territory super quickly. 


But I gave it a whirl.  Unless I have the urge to paint over it (I’m seriously tempted), it will be making an appearance in the decorated basement.  Maybe a better method might have been to use some type of white marker (do those exist?) and make the white lines with a marker and ruler.  I’m also not convinced about my composition, it looks wobbly and unbalanced.

P.S. I linked this project here: My Girlish Whims, Junk in their Trunk, Creations by Kara, Fabulously Flawed,
Addicted to Decorating, DIY Showoff Project Parade, Polly Want a Crafter? Craft Party



  1. Beth
    May 2, 2012 / 2:23 pm

    I do like the idea of soft geometry, though. the free-handed white lines are a nice touch.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 2, 2012 / 2:32 pm

      Awww, thanks. As I was justifying the woobliness, I did think maybe too-straight lines would just look like a fabric print and maybe this is more "painterly"?

    • Beth
      May 3, 2012 / 6:33 pm

      Definitely painterly.

  2. McKae @ kaes corner design
    May 2, 2012 / 3:20 pm

    Oh no don't paint over it! I love it! It looks great

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 2, 2012 / 8:04 pm


  3. Michelle @ AM Dolce Vita
    May 2, 2012 / 3:32 pm

    It looks amazing Tanya! You are so talented.

  4. Alyssa
    May 2, 2012 / 3:38 pm

    We are always our worst critic, I love your work! I'm glad you posted this even though you might not be 100% happy with it. I think it is amazing, thank you 😉

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 2, 2012 / 8:03 pm

      I always enjoy when people blog about projects they too feel a little "meh" about. It helps me realize things are not always so dreamy perfect for other people, which makes my not always dreamy/perfect life seem more normal.

  5. Chris Loves Julia
    May 2, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    The most important thing is that you got some gold triangles in there….that was my favorite part. 😀

  6. Melanie@MailboxJourney
    May 2, 2012 / 5:40 pm

    I love it! (1st time here)

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 2, 2012 / 8:04 pm

      Nice to meet you Melanie! Thanks for stopping by! It looks like you have a blog too, so I'm going to check it out ASAP!

  7. Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style
    May 2, 2012 / 8:31 pm

    Ι think you did a great job! Love it! Ideas are all over my head now!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 2, 2012 / 9:44 pm

      Awesome! So glad to hear you're feeling inspired!

  8. SamanthaJoy
    May 10, 2012 / 4:17 am

    OOoooh, that's awesome. And looks like a lot of fun to make. I love it!!XO Samantha

  9. Lesley at Fabulously Flawed
    May 11, 2012 / 4:47 pm

    So yeah…you got 2 features from me today! ♥

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 11, 2012 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks Lesley!!

  10. Kristen
    May 17, 2012 / 1:12 pm

    it looks awesome!! thank you for sharing.

  11. Anonymous
    May 17, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    Me likely!! I'm going to hobby lobby now to get a canvas and try this!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 17, 2012 / 11:16 pm

      Yay!! Thanks! I'm so happy for you. You're going to have so much fun painting! You'd make me a happy blogger if you'd email me your version when it's all done. I bet it will be totally different and absolutely amazing!([email protected])

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