This art therapy activity is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% my own.
Learn how to create beautiful abstract line art using the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker.
Explore your feelings and emotions through the creative process of drawing, painting, and creating a masterpiece using your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker. I’ve made all sorts of craft art projects with my Cricut like this artistic coffee station at home and an adorable bunny mirror. Art has always been very therapeutic for me and I love painting. Recently I’ve fallen in love with abstract line art. My challenge was I am not that good at line drawing. So I came up with a strategy for creating beautiful lines using my number one crafting tool. This is art therapy for adults. So turn on your Cricut and let’s make something beautiful.
This project works well with any Cricut Machine, especially the Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker. This art project can also be adapted to work with the Cricut Joy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Let’s Get Crafty
Step 1. Select 2 colors and paint abstract shapes on the canvas.
There is no right of wrong way to do this. I recommend turning on some relaxing music and allow the paint brush to flow in your hand. For this I picked up a green that I liked and mixed it with white to create a lighter tone.
Allow the paint to dry on the canvas.
Step 2. Set up the images for cutting within Cricut Design Space.
For this I’m using the Cricut 12×24 mat. So I consolidated the images to fit 2 mats to reduce waste and the number of times I’d have to submit the mat through the Cricut. Using Cricut Design Space made creating the line art so simple and easy. You can use any of the number of line art drawings you’d find in Cricut Design Space as long as you keep it under 11.5″W and 23.5″ L.
Step 3. Load the vinyl to the mat.
Load the vinyl to the mat and follow the instructions as laid out in Design Space.
Step 4. Weed and apply transfer tape.
Step 5. Apply transfer tape image to the canvas.
The line art cut outs can be extremely finicky, especially with smaller lines. So move slowly and make sure the vinyl adheres.
(OPTIONAL) Step 6. Frame the canvas.
I framed the canvas to give my line art a more finished look. And I’m extremely happy I did. I used simple 3/4″ square dowels cut down to 2 – 20″ and 2 – 17.5″ pieces.
I am absolutely in love with what I created. I ended up making 3 simple abstract line art pieces that I could hang as a small gallery wall art collection. Who says art therapy has to be boring? You can do so much more than color in a coloring book.
This project can be found HERE in Cricut Design Space.
This is not only beautiful but therapeutic and so very easy to make. This is the kind of adult art therapy I love doing, especially when it involves my Cricut. What should I make next?