Affordable Modern Art You Can Easily Make Using Scrapbook Paper

Minimalist Scandi Art
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Scandinavian art originated in the Nordic countries and usually contains minimalist, geometric shapes. You might think that this type of art would be boring, but combining various patterns, shapes, and colors together can create a striking design — and you can create your own design with whatever colors and patterns fit your decor. The best part about this DIY is how easy and affordable it is to make. Plus, the sky's the limit when it comes to the various shapes and configurations you can create.

Minimalist Scandi Art
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Materials Needed
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Step 1

Choose your desired shape and color combinations, and then cut out several shapes in various sizes and colors.
For this project, we used simple triangles.

Cut triangles
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Step 2

Cut poster board or background paper to the appropriate size of the frame.

TIP: Place a frame mat over the board or background paper so you know exactly how the art will look behind the frame.

Materials Needed
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Step 3

Arrange shapes until you are satisfied with the configuration.

Design pattern
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Step 4

Decide your final design and arrange so it's centered within the frame.

Final configuration
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Step 5

Apply adhesive to the back of the shapes and then glue them onto the poster board.

Apply adhesive
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Step 6

Enhance your art with washi tape.

Add washi tape
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Step 7

Place the artwork behind a glass frame.

Place in Frame
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Minimalist Scandi Art
credit: Lucy Akins

This piece is approximately 27 inches high, but you can create something much bigger or much smaller, depending on the space you're trying to decorate.

Minimalist Scandi Art
credit: Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.