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DIY Wall Art - Newspaper Cornets! Simply roll the strip, into what they call "cornets" (tutorial for that is in this link), glue them together, paint them if you want, then string with thread, and hang on wall! Painting the cornets, BEFORE rolling them together, probably makes the most sense. Seems as though the paint would cover more evenly and thoroughly that way.
Put masking tape on canvas in the design of your choice, spray paint a base color over the tape, use different acrylic colors (like $1.50 or less for a tube at Michael's or Hobby Lobby) and paint different strokes all over canvas. Wait till it dries, then remove tape and...wa la!