How to Make Your Own DIY Josef Albers Wall Art

How to Make Your Own DIY Josef Albers Wall Art

Grace Shu
Feb 3, 2010

Too hot to go outside and need a crafty project? This past weekend, I finally got sick of my boring white wall with nothing on it and it was waaaay too heated to do anything (aside from laying on the couch and eating a box of Popsicles), so I dragged a friend to Ikea and the art store for some crafty hour. It was probably the first time in about 2 or 3 years that I've done something artsy without the aid of a computer (sad but true).

So here we go...I have always loved Josef Albers since taking a course in Art History, and I also loved the idea of being completely OCD on at least one wall of my house. Instead of blowing cash on a few generic art prints or poster repros, I decided to take up the X-acto blade myself.

What You Need

Equipment [OR] Tools

  • X-acto blade
  • IKEA Ribba Frame
  • Color construction paper
  • Self healing mat
  • Mounting spray


1. Preparation: All you need is a Ribba frame (from Ikea), some construction paper, an X-acto blade (a self-healing mat helps too), and some kind of adhesive to mount the paper.

I opted for rubber cement dry-mount, but in retrospect, I'd probably suggest a spray mount as the rubber cement will discolor the paper.

2. Plan out the colors first (any combination that will fit your decor scheme) before starting cutting. Need inspiration? Why not use the source himself and mimic Josef Albers' own color combinations from his gallery of work. There's no right or wrong; mix complementary colors or go for sharp contrast. Whatever best suits your personality and decor.

3. Begin cutting pieces. We use a 11"x14" IKEA Ribba frame as the outlying borders, cutting a trio of square pieces, with the biggest square at 9.5" x 9.5"; the middle at 7.5"x7.5"; and the smallest at 5.5" x 5.5". Glue one ontop of another and then mount onto a neutral board or an additional 4th color inside the frame. Happy crafting!

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Originally posted on September 4, 2007

(Images: Grace Hsiu)

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