Mondrian art was a technique developed by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian in 1920s. The composition uses three primary colors paired such that they are not adjacent to each other, leaving white spaces wherever a possibility of adjacency occurs. Then draw gray or black thin straight lines between them at arbitary distance parallel to edge of the canvas. Wiki link for more on this art. My husband being an architect had done this once during college and thought we could hang something up of this sort in our home! So here is the DIY 🙂

Buy a 24*48 inch artist canvas already back stapled on a frame (I bought mine from Michaels and it was a 40% off so hardly cost a dime or maybe $10) You can use any shape of canvas you like according to the proportion of wall space you want to fill.

Select card papers in 3 colors, we went with primary colors, but you can use any 3 colors that you think will fit your decor 🙂 very customizable!

Cut multiple sizes square and rectangular pieces from the 3 papers. For precision cutting, place paper on a glass slab and use a metal scale and paper blade to cut the pieces.

Start aligning the pieces from any of the corners or edges for easy alignment and work your way inward. Add or remove pieces such that no two same colors are adjacent and if they are remember to keep the white canvas showing between them to create a feeling of separation. For example the horizontal and vertical blue stripe above. You can also cut your pieces shorter later according to what you need as you work your way. You can make the picture as busy or as simple as you like. Goggle mondrian art or mondrian mural online to get more ideas!

Once you have the whole picture aligned, use a two sided tape/strong transparent fabric glue to fix the pieces in place (we use regular paper/school glue/fevicol, but soon realized the paper became a little damp and did not stick for long once the painting was stood up) Since you need less quantity of strong glue, the paper does not get damp and holds well).

Now cut multiple long black stripes of equal width (1 or .5 cm in width) using the same precision cutting technique above. Lay out the lines in horizontal and vertical lines parallel to the edge. Notice: The lines need not be of the same length and they need not be equally spaced and they can start and end anywhere on the canvas. Once they are set in way you like them, paste them with industrial or fabric glue (any glue stronger and lighter than paper glue). Be very careful to maintain the lines parallel to edges, since they can easily sway.

Tadda! and you are done. You can cover it up with plastic or laminate it or just leave it as is. The strong glue and two sided sticky tape are still holding good after 2 years! You did have to be careful if you lived in humid zones though and try to cover it. Please let me know if you have another idea to laminate/cover it and also if you need any more detail information on how its made.

Check out other creative fun things you could do with this art:


image source: huffingtonpost link

and if you are crazy as me and wish to bake a Mondrian cake someday, check out this “step-by-step-guide” to Mondrian cake or relish a piece at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).