Here are two simple and easy ways to make some modern style art for your house. Both methods are quite inexpensive compared to buying regular ready-made art in a store. And since you get to choose your own fabrics, papers, and paints, they will be one-of-a-kind as well.
This first one from Kelly at “The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking” uses Styrofoam insulation, heavy fabric, a staple gun (or some similar way to attach it), heavy fabric in a pattern you like or canvas, and some basic picture hanging hardware. Some lighter-weight fabrics would probably work as well. You just don’t want the words on the insulation showing through.
If you have some of these things around your house already (I think we have all of them), it may not cost you anything out-of-pocket. :-) It would be a great way to use up Styrofoam insulation pieces from a home-improvement project.
In the second project she painted on the canvas. One idea to remember is that you can push several canvases together and paint one large picture, then divide it with spaces between when you hang it.
Also, since this is done with Styrofoam insulation, you could use your imagination to add some other items with pins or tacks.
Jeni at “Becoming Martha” made these pretty squares with wood shelving, craft paper, some paint, and picture hanging hardware. She also shows in a second post (here) more of the details of making this and adds some corner holders for 8x10” pictures. With this method you can add your own photos to the art and change them out once in awhile.
Notice that you could combine these two ideas and make the smaller squares with the Styrofoam insulation. :-)