Have you ever seen a picture hanging on the wall and thought to yourself, I could do that? I see them all the time, even though I don’t paint. You know the ones I mean. It’s a few random brush strokes and it costs $500.
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I’m not the biggest abstract art lover, but my husband likes it. I’ve written before about what to do if you and your husband have different styles. It can be tricky. But the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of cash on a piece of abstract art.
Since we moved into our house we have had nothing on the wall above the bed. I tried making some botanicals, but they are too small for the space. I haven’t found anything I love, so this is my attempt at an abstract art piece and I’m going to share the process with you.
The purpose isn’t to get you to do abstract art if you hate it, but rather to help you try something you have never done before. The worst thing that happens is that it stinks but you learn something each time. The best part is that it’s quick and really inexpensive.
supplies for abstract art
This is what you need to do your own abstract art.
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- Canvas – I used an 18 inch x 24 inch canvas (a three pack)
- Spackling spatula
- Painters tape
- Paint- I used Plaid Indigo Night
Steps to create abstract canvas
The first step to get this brushstroke art is to apply spackling to the canvas and let it dry. Once the canvas is dry, tape off the edges. I’ve seen some brush stroke art where the strokes go all the way to the edge of the canvas, but I wanted a border.
The final step (there are only three) is to put a generous amount of paint on your brush and get started. I pulled up the examples to give me some ideas because I figure they must be balanced because a real artist created them. 😁
I used a pencil to draw the rough strokes so I had a guide to paint over.
I’m not sure these are going to stay up on the wall. But it was fun trying. What do you want to paint? You should give it a try. Even if your first attempt isn’t Instagram-worthy, so what? I’m going to try again with the lessons learned. Stay tuned for version two…
Next, come take a look at the other fun DIY/Craft projects. Thanks for stopping by. If you liked this you might like how to make your own silhouette, DIY botanical prints or beginner watercolor painting.