We really needed some serious statement wall art to fill the space behind the couch. After looking around online, I was a little discouraged by the price tag of all the trendy abstract art I've been seeing lately. I found a few pieces that I loved and decided to take the DIY route -- saving a few bucks can turn anyone into an artist, right?
Here are a couple of inspiration pieces:
Not only does oversized art break the bank but buying an oversized canvas can cost an arm and a leg as well! I found a great tutorial on how to build one yourself from one of my favorite bloggers, Chris Loves Julia. Check out the tutorial here.
I decided on a 35" x 60" for our dimensions and made a quick trip to Home Depot and ordered the rest of the materials online.
4, 1 x 4" pine boards cut at a 45 degree angle, remaining pieces serve as angular supports
Angle and flat brackets
Roll of canvas
Screws and staple gun
White, grey, black acrylic paint
Brush and spatula (I used our wall patching spatula) Have a mentioned that I'm not a trained artist?
Total spent: $40
This post is really just to give you a glimpse of the route I took to create this painting. Even if I told you the details of every brushstroke your painting would turn out differently. But I'm hoping these steps will you get started.
1. Start by creating some texture on your canvas, spreading plentiful amounts of the white or grey acrylic using the spatula. I like to spread the paint in the formation of a letter "T"
2. Paint the mid section of gold down using the same strokes with the spatula
3. Add some depth with the grey then the scary part..add the black (eek!)
4. Once that is dry, start building it back up with both the grey and white and finally with the gold. At the very end, I used a light wash of white to blend.
I went into this project not really knowing how it would turn out but am thrilled with the result, and what surprised me was how therapeutic the process was! Watching something transform before your eyes is such a beautiful thing, and it's such a conversation piece when guests come over!
Tags: Home, DIY, abstract art