Now that those of us who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s are adults, there seems to be a resurgence of those colors and patterns that we loved (or hated, as the case may be) into the mainstream. Of course, most of us aren’t able to spend thousands of dollars on decor, but there are thrifty ways to inject some of that playful energy into your own home, without having to purchase many supplies.
One of the best parts of being a DIY-er is that you typically have a lot of what you already need at home. Alisa Burkes, who showcases her work on Flickr, is a testament to what you can do with the plainest and simplest of materials. Using bubble wrap, saran wrap, and string with her paints, she has created many whimsical, unique designs that bring to mind the tie-dye, splash, and color combos of the 1990’s.
If you want to try this out, you’ll need acrylic paints, and assorted household materials, such as paper towel or toilet paper tubes, cotton string, and various textures such as felt, foam, or even an old washcloth. If you’re even more daring, you might want to try vegetables and fruits as well. You can paint on linen or canvas bags, scarves, t-shirts, board, cardboard, or, if you really want to go full 90’s, an accent wall.
Check out Alisa Burke’s Flickr for inspiration.