If you saw this Tooled Leather Wall Art at your friend’s house, would you know what it was? Would you guess leather, or maybe embossed metal? Believe it or not, this DIY wall art is made with paper! Today, I’m going to take our scrapbook paper wall art and kick it up a notch. Because sometimes you need more . . . more mystery, more intrigue, more sophistication (what, wall art can deliver all of that?).
Making wall art with scrapbook paper is fast, easy, and really inexpensive, and I love all of that. But, when you work with textured art papers and upholstery tacks, we’re talking a little more drama and a more contemporary look. But we’re also keeping it real because it’s almost as easy as making scrapbook paper wall art. And the papers are all easily ordered online at Paper Arts.
Kathleen George will walk you through it.
To make Tooled Leather Wall Art, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: three 12″ x 24″ x 1″*
- Textured papers: Stucco paper and Ancient Tablet paper
- Large upholstery tacks, 200
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Yes! Paste or thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Putty knife; paint brush; pencil; ruler; Exacto® knife; straight pins; hook & loop picture hangers; rubber brayer (optional)
To make Tooled Leather Wall Art:
1. Paint black the edges on the three sheets of STYROFOAM brand foam, and also paint a 1” border all around the front of each piece. Let dry.
2. Cut three 12″ x 12″ pieces of Ancient Tablet paper. Referring to the photo, stagger the placement of the paper squares on the three foam sheets. Using a ruler and pencil, score the foam sheet to mark the placement for each paper square.
3. Using the putty knife, spread a layer of Yes! Paste on the foam sheet, staying inside the scored lines. Center and glue the paper square onto the foam sheet. If needed, pin edges in place until glue dries.
4. Measure the uncovered areas above and below each paper square and cut the Stucco paper to fit. Adhere the Stucco paper to each foam panel. Let dry.
5. Referring to photo, push upholstery tacks through the Stucco paper and into the foam panel, outlining the top, bottom and sides. Where the Stucco paper meets the Ancient Tablet Paper, add three, evenly spaced tacks.
6. Hang your wall art using hook and loop hangers.
If you’d like to make the Silver Wire and Green Leaf Spheres, or the Tacky Sphere (in the middle), you’ll find the tutorials on StyrofoamCrafts.com. (If you don’t see any green leaves in the Silver Wire & Green Leaf Spheres, you’re right. To make the spheres shown without the leaves, follow the tutorial and omit the leaves.)
When you first saw the photo of the Tooled Leather Wall Art, what did you think it was made with?