DIY Abstract Art

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Let me just start this post by saying I am not a professional artist by any stretch of the imagination! I know you are never supposed to say things like that as a writer because it discredits yourself and such, but I say that so that you will know that if I can do it, YOU can do it!! So, anyways, now that we have that out of the way. I recently found a piece of art at Hobby Lobby that I loved, and I thought it would be fun to try and recreate. So, I snapped a pic right there in the aisle, to save for one day when I felt artsy. Here was that inspiration piece.

DIY Abstract Art Inspiration

Pretty right?? Last week I decided that it was time to give it a try. I had these two canvases that I had painted years ago when I updated our master bedroom. I was getting kind of tired of them and I knew this new piece would be the perfect addition to something I had in mind for this space.

DIY Abstract Art

I purchased some acrylic paint in various shades of blue, and a big bottle of white to cover the previous painting.

DIY Abstract Art

DIY Abstract Art

Let me tell you, it took forever to cover that gold lettering…like 7 or 8 coats. Ugh. But, I finally got it covered enough that I could proceed to the fun part. I started with the lightest color on the outside and worked my way in to the middle with the darkest colors being in the middle.

DIY Abstract Art

Just a simple back and forth brush stroke, varying the height of each ‘stroke’ to get the look I wanted.

DIY Abstract Art

The best thing about abstract art is there is no wrong! Once I finished with all the blues, I came back and added some of the lighter blue on top to soften all the lines. Then I added a few brush strokes of white, and then a few brush strokes of gold for a little bit of shimmer.

DIY Abstract Art

I love how it turned out!! In fact, I loved it so much, I decided to do another! This time, I turned the canvas the other direction just for a little variation.

DIY Abstract Art

After they were complete, I decided to add a little wood frame. I had some of these lattice strips left over from the board and batten in the kids bathroom and they were the perfect size! I cute them all, stained them, and then (believe it or not) I hot glued them to the canvas. Yes, I could have used my brad nailer, but to be honest, I was too lazy to get it out. And, the hot glue worked just fine!

Simple wood frame for an art canvas

Simple wood frame for an art canvas

Simple wood frame for an art canvas

Simple wood frame for an art canvas

I love the finished look that the frames give!

DIY Abstract Art

You’ll have to wait to see where these are going, but I’m so excited that I gave this project a try!!

 

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