DIY Abstract Art

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.

This project is part of our monthly Craft/DIY hop so scroll to the bottom to see all of the fun projects.

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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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…

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  1. I think you should hang them :). I’m always up for the idea of trying something new. Hubs and I also have different tastes, so I’m off to read your article – lol!

  2. Andrea, I love your attitude. Why not try a new skill? You may end up loving it. For me, it was stenciling and decoupage. I’ve been wanting to do some abstract art too. Game on. Thanks for the hosting.

  3. I like the way you textured the canvases for added interest! Thanks so much for hosting our monthly hops!

  4. Andrea, I have thought that, and your creative project confirms it! Thanks for hosting and sharing another fun craft! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. I think it’s great that you’re creating handcrafted art to put on your walls. I have my own “art pieces” all over my home, too! That’s the fun thing about crafting. It’s one of a kind made with love! And the great thing about making it yourself is that you can keep trying until you get it right if you want! You go, Andrea!

  6. Andrea, I lean toward abstract art, but the price tag burns my pocket book and fingers. Your DIY is a great way to get the look for pennies, and the satisfaction of creating your own art! Bravo to you 🙂

  7. Great job! I love the texture you applied to your canvases! Thanks so much for all your organizing efforts, I’m happy to be hopping with you. ♥

  8. Wow, I know you showed me the original artwork inspiration, and you did such an amazing job! Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and for organizing the hop

  9. Well, I do not care for abstract art at all— unless it is in my favorite colors, I guess! Then I might like it….. Abstract art really reminds me of children’s artwork…. Interesting idea to copy these!

    1. I completely agree. It turns out to be harder than it looks, but I think it looks like children too.

  10. How creative you are! I am with you, I do not get abstract art. We actually had a couple of these very expensive pieces (that I had nothing to do with purchasing)! Alas, they don’t work in our new home, so they are on permanent loan to our son’s art collection (LOL). I do like the idea that you can creative your own and you have offered a wonderful tutorial on how to create your own custom artwork! Now I need to go read, “I Hate My Husband’s Taste”!

  11. Andrea, abstract art is not my thing also, but I love that you tried your hand at creating your own version. This would make a great gift for someone who enjoys modern decor. I think they came out great, and I love the textured canvas. I need to check out your article about having different styles…my husband doesn’t get why I love “old junk” lol! Thanks for organizing another wonderful hop!

  12. You are so creative and talented, Andrea! What a great project to create your own art! I love the texture and the colors you chose. Thank you for hosting another wonderful blog hop. Pinned!

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