Monday, February 27, 2012

DIY Abstract Art


I've been slowly adding elements to our living room to make it complete. One of the big puzzle pieces that the room has been missing has been art. We had a stumbling block - The art I did like was out of our price range....so I decided to make my own.

I purchased a canvas in December, and it has since sat in the basement waiting for me to work on it. Although I've done abstract before (Perhaps not on purpose), doing it at such a huge scale like this [40" x 40"] proved to be intimidating. Fast forward to an evening last week and I felt a sudden need to paint. I had already primed the canvas black a few weeks earlier, so all I needed was the willpower to put that first brush stroke to the canvas. So when out of the blue I felt the need to paint - I did. And I'm happy to say, I love it!

Although this canvas could hang without framing, I'm going to get it framed. [pending costs] Right now it sits on the console, and is bringing beautiful colour to our room. I adore it. To read some tips of what helped me create the art, read more. :)


1. Study those you admire
Although some of you will say that I'm creative and something like this may come easy to me, I must insist that I was absolutely terrified at the idea of painting a 40" canvas. It's HUGE. So one thing I did to get comfortable with creating the art was that I studied art that liked and artists I admired. It helped me figure out what I wanted, brush strokes, colours. There is nothing wrong in taking inspiration. Trying to understand a style is perfectly acceptable by studying others - in fact, it's called learning. :)

2. Black Paint
A little secret is that I always prime my canvases black. I like to do that as it adds some depth. You'll see that in some areas the white paint is less than in others. And instead of a blank canvas being behind it, the black peeks through  

3. Colours
Figure out the colours you want in your room/painting before painting. This sounds silly, but it's easy to just go with pre made colours from the art supply store. I knew I wanted certain colours, so I spent some time mixing colours prior to painting. I also had magazine pages that had certain colours I liked, so I tried to match the colours. You'd be surprised that your mind goes blank sometimes looking at the canvas so having reference images beside you can help keep you on track.

I'm far from a professional able to offer you concrete advice but I hope that these tricks help give you confidence to try some abstract art yourself.

xo Lindsay

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