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It was about time to change up my mantle so I started thinking about Valentine’s Day. I wanted to create some sort of bold Valentine’s Day art for the mantle so this DIY sound wave art piece was born. I love how the mantle is so simple and striking with the perfect hint of Valentine’s Day!
Black and White Valentine’s Day Mantle
For this mantle, I really just grabbed a few things from around the house, added a bold DIY sound wave art piece, and then included some chocolate for everyone to enjoy.
A glass jar of chocolate totally says “Valentine’s Day” to me without hearts and flowers. Since I’m in a house of boys and my style is more masculine anyway, I don’t usually add a lot of Valentiney things.
I like to find new flavors we haven’t tried before since we don’t typically have a ton of sweets around the house – especially during wrestling season. It’s a fun treat!
How To Make This DIY Sound Wave Art
I have only seen a few DIYs for making your own sound wave art and they included painting. I am NOT a painter so I wanted an easier more digital solution. This art piece is the sound wave of me saying “I love you”. You can do any phrase or even a favorite song. To make this you’ll essentially just need to screenshot the sound wave from a voice recording app. Some movie apps do this as well. I used the free app for Mac WavePad.
Record your voice, sound, music – whatever you want to display and then screenshot the portion of the sound wave that you want to display. On a Mac you can screenshot a portion by holding down option, shift and then pressing the number 4 or 5.
I opened the file in Photoshop and adjusted the colors since I wanted a black background with white sound waves. By clicking Image and then Adjustments in the menu, you can adjust the colors to your liking.
I created a 24″ x 36″ canvas in photoshop and make a black rectangle. I like to leave white around the outside as a sort of easy mat.
Drag the sound wave onto the new canvas where you want it. Save and send to a local printer.
You could definitely print at home for a smaller version or paint your sound wave on canvas if you’re comfortable with painting.
Frame your newly created art piece and display. Then step back with some chocolate and enjoy.