Life Love Larson: DIY Black Dot Art


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DIY Black Dot Art

Hello friends! Spring break starts for us on Thursday, and our temps are feeling very spring like. I couldn't be happier about longer days and happy kids who have been playing outdoors! I have to extend a huge thank you to all of you for pinning, commenting, and featuring my spring tulip wreath from last week. I'm blown away with all the nice comments. I'm sure there will be tulip wreaths popping up all over and that gets me excited. I hope to inspire even one person, so I'm happy to have inspired so many of you! xo

I have another easy DIY project to share today. I have seen this black/white dot art around the blogosphere and on Pinterest, and thought it would be fun to try and create my own little piece of art. This was such an fun and easy project, and by using a thrift store frame, it was also very cost affective. Simple, yet striking is right up my alley!

I simply used some black acrylic paint, a gold thrift store frame, and a cheap piece of foam art board from Michael's. Total project was less than $5, frame and all!

I popped out the old poster that was in the frame and used the same mat. The frame was already gold, which is what I wanted, so there was no altering the frame.

I used two sizes of small brushes to create the black "dots". There is really no technique, I just made different sizes and used different amounts of paint on the brush to create what look like Dalmatian spots. I wet the brush a few times to create lighter spots, for more of a watercolor look.

You seriously cannot screw this up! I would try a few spots on a scratch sheet of paper to get a feel for it, and then just go to town! It's fun!

I love how striking and simple this is. The black, white, and gold is classic and the spots add a fun modern element. This piece of art has had several different homes in our home, and I still haven't decided on a final spot. I guess that's what is great about having pieces that can be moved around the house and fit in several different spaces. And what's better than making you're own artwork?!

I am a creative type, but I am NOT an artist!  I do, however, like to try new things. These simple projects make me feel like an artist for about 5 minutes, and then it's back to reality!

xo, Andrea


  1. It looks great and perfectly styled. I love these little creative projects that add so much.

    1. DIY projects have so much more meaning! It's all in the details!

  2. This print is so cute and creative! I would never have thought of this but I love what you did here! So chic! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. I love how simple but effective this is.

  4. This is fabulous! I love the print, and I'm so glad I found your blog. I'll definitely be a new follower.

  5. This turned out SO GOOD! I love the black and white...and the gold frame makes it look like a million bucks! Nice job! Thank you so much for linking up with Found & Foraged!

  6. I just love polka dots! This really did turn out great!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday! It wouldn't be a party without you! :)