DIY: Geometric Sharpie Lampshade

Things happen when I’m sat watching Boxing Day TV and trying to prevent myself from fridge picking. I was staring at this boring old lampshade trying to decide how I could give it some design edge when this happened…..;)

Ok, it didn’t just “happen”. But I had a little light bulb moment (pun totally intended) and dug out my Sharpie and got doodling….(doodling is much better for your waistline than fridge picking)…

The pattern started off as random triangles joined with dots. It didn’t quite do it for me as was. So I then went on to connect each dot with all other dots within a 360 degree radius, which created a more satisfyingly dense pattern of radial shapes and intersecting lines. The overall effect of which reminds me of string art; which I actually really like and was totally intentional of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love how such a simple method can give such a striking end result. I just love me a quick, easy and spontaneous DIY that works out!

Hope you are all having a wonderful festive season ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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11 Comments

  1. prolificprojectstarter December 28, 2014

    Very stylish – I too like those string pictures (although this reminds me more of graph theory, such as the pretty pictures here http://mathworld.wolfram.com/CompleteTripartiteGraph.html – which can be appreciate without worrying to much about the descriptions). I was wondering about customising a roller blind for the bathroom but was worried about how a marker pen would look on the fabric, but this seems to be similar kind of fabric and looks great, so maybe I should get my act together…

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    • Portia Lawrie December 28, 2014

      Oh my goodness you’re right! Those graphs are really pleasing for some reason! The shade is pretty much the same fabric as a roller blind. There is a slight “bleed” to the lines which a) I don’t mind and b) is only noticeable close up. So I’d definitely go for it with the roller blind..sounds awesome! Px

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    • prolificprojectstarter December 30, 2014

      It’s your inner maths geek struggling to get out! Now, I need to stop prothletising about the prettyness of pure maths (my inner maths geek is well and truly out) and get myself a blind and some sharpie pens….

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  2. DressUpNotDown December 29, 2014

    I thought it WAS string art until I actually read your post. :o) Looks nice, very nice!

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  3. Bobbi December 29, 2014

    Cool! I love string art but using a Sharpie would be much easier to do.

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  4. MrsC (Maryanne) December 29, 2014

    Wow that is really clever. I love how the pattern isn’t edge to edge also, it makes the shade look really one-off-art-piecey. Which totally ought to be a word xo

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    • Portia Lawrie December 30, 2014

      Funny you should notice that Maryanne! I consciously restrained myself from covering the whole thing. Sometimes the empty space is as important as the pattern!
      Px

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  5. mrsmole December 29, 2014

    Very clever and so striking! You could glue a bead or sequin on all the dots…maybe not…unless you are into tacky….ha ha.

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    • Portia Lawrie December 30, 2014

      Nothing wrong with a bead or sequin Mrs Mole! Just maybe not this time ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Px

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