A restaurant group marketing manager and graphic designer has made a huge splash on TikTok with his innovative make-overs to some Kmart art prints.
Jorge Santos, who is originally from Colombia but now lives in Sydney, showed off his creative flair when he used TikTok to show how he was upcycling the Kmart Australiana prints with a splash of colour while in lockdown.
His initial hack used the kookaburra print from Kmart giving it a splash of colour to turn it from a common print to a unique piece of art. And with almost 500,000 views he's obviously hit a home run with the enthusiastic Kmart hacking community.
Jorge even walks followers through each step of the project including covering the frame in masking tape to protect the wood and applying acrylic paints with brushes, a palette knife and fingers. The final step of flicking paint on the canvas, which Jorge describes as "time to have fun", adds an artistic edge to the finished product.
"That looks amazing," TikTok user Speedie wrote. "I like these Kmart prints but always thought they were lacking. You've brought them to life."
"OMG. This is beautiful! What a fantastic idea. Think I'm gonna be heading to Kmart to get 1 & see," another TikTok user added.
Another even suggested that he turned a $20 piece of art into a $2000 piece!
Although many people admired the result of Jorge's hack, some were unsure whether they could pull it off themselves.
"It looks awesome but probably only a hack for people with any semblance of artistic ability. Mine would look like something your kid would bring home," Ann-Maree Paynter commented.
But Jorge reassured her replying: "Hahaha it's actually really easy, you can even paint with your fingers, got better results that way."
And it's not just the kookaburra that has received Jorge's creative touch. He has also given the kangaroo and the koala prints in the same Kmart series the colourful treatment.
After getting such a positive response to his creative hack, Jorge has now decided to create some original prints to expand the subject matters of the canvases he transforms.
While Jorge seems very happy at his current job – having recently helped the company launch a new rice beer – he may end up with a lucrative side hustle on his hands!
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