Thursday, April 12, 2012

DIY Abstract Art How-to

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I love to paint.
Am I good at it? No. At least not at painting objects in such a way that you can actually tell what I am painting.
Lately I've been trying to make some abstract art for the apartment, and let me tell you- it isn't easy.

I know, I know- I've been that person at the museum too who looks at a canvas with a big square on it and said "REALLY!? A four year old could do that!" I know, I'm a jerk. Don't act like you've never done it. Or maybe you haven't, because you're a better person than I am. Well, allow me to insert my foot into my mouth, because after many attempts- I've found abstract art is actually kind of difficult. After trying a few techniques, I finally settled on a triptych I like for the dining room. 

Here's how I made it happen:
easy art tutorial
Step 1: To create a base for the painting I just randomly swirled some white and mint green paint on the canvases, and made light, sweeping motions to cover the canvas without fully blending the colors. 
easy art tutorial

easy art tutorial

Step 2: I started with the mint green again and laid out a sloppy vertical line down the canvas. I made light sweeping motions with a foam paintbrush left, right, left, right to leave a pattern vertically down the canvas.
easy art tutorial

easy art tutorial
 Step 3: I simply repeated step 2 with a turquoise, and then a navy blue, each time moving a little to the right of the previous design, allowing for a slight overlap:
easy art tutorial

easy art tutorial

easy art tutorial

easy art tutorial
 Step 4: Then I began layering the colors once again, starting with white, mint, turquoise, and navy. It's important to give each color a few seconds to dry between coats so the paint is still wet enough to blend a little, but not fully mix to become one solid color.

easy art tutorial

 And after a few variations of the paintings I was left with these babies:
easy art tutorial
 Not currently perfectly centered and straight- but you all know I am wayyy to impatient to make that perfect before snapping pictures. Maybe someday when I'm an oh-so-famous blogger (coughsarcasmcough) I'll make the perfection happen. Until then, here's what we've got!
easy art tutorial

easy art tutorial

Will YOU be attempting some abstract art this week? If you have any other tips, please share!
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93 comments:

  1. This is AWESOME! I LOVE IT! I will have to try it!

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  2. I like it a lot. And I'd be right next to you snickering at the museum. My problem with a lot of abstract art is that I think it's ugly and I want art to be pretty .(I know, art people out there are shrieking right now...) But I think yours is pretty.

    May you one day be an oh-so-famous blogger and when you are may you still take pictures of your art crooked so the rest of us still find you likeable. :) (Well, I still LIKE the people who's posts are always magazine worthy, but it hard to imagine actually being friends with them...)

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    1. BEST comment ever, haha you rock lady. i promise i'll still hang them crooked- i'll be impatient forever :)

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  3. Great tutorial! I have been wanting to paint something for our new house - yours turned out great!!

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  4. I think you did a wonderful job! I've thought about doing this before, but I've never pulled the trigger. Thanks for the tutorial - it will make it easier when I actually do decide to do it! xoxo, morgan

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  5. your attempts at abstract art are WAYYY better than mine. i just love the idea of something you made hanging on the walls. and i'm obsessed with the colors in this one! it looks like tie-dye. LOVE!

    xoxo

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  6. Wow! It's beautiful! I was right there with you saying, "How hard could it be to scribble!" Learned my lesson! Thanks for the great step by step!

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  7. SO FREAKING GORGEOUS! One of those better be in my package ;)

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    1. hahah sorry i didn't send one :( i didn't know if anyone else would like them!

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  8. love this!! wish I were talented enough to try this.

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    1. psh please girl, i have 0 painting talent and did this, clearly you could too!

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  9. they came out great! i like the one on the right the most... tempted to try with my first floor color scheme!

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  10. This is SUCH a great idea! You did an amazing job!

    P.S. No pressure to do the post, but I nominated you for a blog award! I think you have the cutest blog!

    xoxo

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  11. you are KIDDING me! that is soooo awesome. i need to start painting.

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  12. What a fun & awesome idea! I think your paintings came out great.

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  13. Wow, this looks fun and it turns out so neat! Looks like something you would buy in a store. Definitely going to have to try to master this in the near future!

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  14. I think its beautiful. I think you should make a huge one next time instead of little ones because you're really good at it.

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  15. These are amazing! So beautiful, seriously. I think I am going to have to try this out soon!

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    1. please do!! blog about them if you do, i'd love to see how they turn out!!

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  16. Holy cow, this is beautiful! You did a wonderful job. I may just have to give it a shot.

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  17. I love them! Yours are perfect! I love the set of three and how they all work off of the center one! Great job!

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  18. I saw stuff at a certain art walk in a certain eastern town that was not this good. If fact I saw stuff less that 50 feet away from your "studio" in a "gallery" that was not this pleasing.

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  21. I am definitely trying this out with a different color scheme for my living room!
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    I'll post another comment when I add my attempts to it!

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  22. Hi Laura,

    I was wondering what kind of paint you used for this? They came out great!

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  23. I love this! I usually stick to digital art but have been trying to make the transition to canvas for a while now...I'm just too chicken!! But after this inspiring post I'll defo pick some more supplies up and let you know how it goes sometime this week!

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  24. Fun idea. I love your blog...just became a follower.

    :)

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  25. What kind of paint did you use for this? I really like it. I may have to try something like this in my bedroom.

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  66. I got all different sample wall paints at home depot . All the same color just different shades. Then I used different bristle brushes to create texture. I just kept painting stripes a cross the canvas not concerned if they came out straight or even. The results were perfect . It has a high quality look for an inexpensive price.

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  67. Thank you for the tutorial. I love the look and the use of layers of colors. What about in a year or so, when you want a new look, just repaint white and reuse these for a new masterpiece! Thx for sharing.

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  69. I tried this technique with different colors and it turned out beautifully, except there was a noticeable line where I had placed the vertical line of paint. :(

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  70. You could tape off the edges before painting to keep the paint off the edges, although it really doesn't look like your masterpieces need that. Another idea is to paint the edges a dark color, mimicking a frame. I want to try this as soon as possible, you've inspired me!

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