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Reader Projects: Art Inspired by My DIY Art

I’m waiting for the paint to dry on some recent DIY projects, so I thought I would share a couple reader projects.  Erin, from 110+2, and Beth, from After the Dust Clears, were both inspired by my simple black & white DIY painting and made fabulous paintings of their own!

Erin created a gorgeous diptych in navy, orange and gold (click here to see more photos of her paintings):

Photo from 110+2

Aren’t Erin’s paintings lovely?  I especially like that she made a pair from different sized canvases.

Now, for inspiration a little less literal, Beth emailed me a link to her painting (click here to see) inspired by the same black & white abstract . . . but hers ended up completely different.  I love that, and I do the same thing:  I start with something I plan to copy but the creative juices flow and I end up with something not at all like what I planned!  I think her finished piece is pretty amazing: soothing colours and interesting composition.  What do you think?

Photo from After the Dust Clears

Thanks Beth and Erin for sending me your links and photos!  I love seeing how (or if) folks are inspired or motivated by my DIY projects and I especially love seeing a different spin.  If you’ve tried one of my DIY projects, send me an email ([email protected]), because I’d love to feature your version on Dans le Townhouse.



  1. erica | wicked bride
    May 15, 2012 / 1:31 pm

    Love these! I love starting a project with an idea in your head of how it will look like – only to have it turn out completely different (but awesome). You've inspired me to create some art for our house – I just need convince the Hubs to let me redecorate first!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2012 / 3:40 pm

      Get me your Hubs on the phone, I can convince anyone of anything, lol. But your place is looking gorgeous, don't redecorate! At least not my favorite parts. But definitely make some art – you will make something stunning, I can see it already!

  2. Tiffany @ {Living Savvy}
    May 15, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    Lovely! I am so going to try out the top set… so pretty!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2012 / 3:39 pm

      They are so glamorous, aren't they?

  3. Beth
    May 15, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks for featuring me, Tanya! Erin's paintings are gorgeous.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2012 / 3:38 pm

      I'm happy for the chance to show my other readers your artwork, so thanks for emailing me the link!!

  4. Nancy
    May 15, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    I love those first paintings especially! Great ideas!

  5. Erin
    May 15, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Thanks again for the inspiration, Tanya. And of course thanks for the feature 🙂 Going to check out Beth's site now.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2012 / 4:59 pm

      My pleasure! Thanks for sending me the link to your post.

    • Beth
      May 15, 2012 / 7:10 pm

      Erin, I'm following you now. Great blog!

  6. thelivedinroom
    May 15, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    Beautiful! You inspired me to do some as well, I loved the paintings you had done for your bedroom so I got out some paint. They ended up completely different than I expected as art tends to go! I haven't posted them on the blog yet because the wall I want to hang them on desperately needs a coat of paint…Your post is motivation to get my act together!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 16, 2012 / 12:37 pm

      I'm so happy to hear that!! That's what I love about blogging: we seem to motivate one another to try new things (and to finish them). I am eagerly looking forward to peaking at your paintings!

  7. Amelia @ House Pretty
    May 15, 2012 / 7:30 pm

    Really nice! It must feel really good to be able to see how you've inspired others! I pinned your DIY abstract painting a while ago, this is a good reminder to get on that already 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 16, 2012 / 12:39 pm

      I'm paying it forward! I get so inspired by the bloggers I follow (and now Pinterest is inspiration overload) so it does feel neat to have someone give one of my projects a go. And I LOVE how different they turn out in someone else's hands.

  8. Rosa @ FlutterFlutter
    May 16, 2012 / 5:17 am

    OH my goodness! I love how she rocked her version with orange and gold! 🙂

  9. Adding the finishing touch
    May 16, 2012 / 11:29 am

    WOW! Both paintings are amazing. I need to re-read your post and create one for myself!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 16, 2012 / 12:36 pm

      Definitely! I can't wait to see what you create, but I bet it will be gorgeous!! Be sure to share 🙂

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