It takes more than a collection of well-arranged furniture and color coordination to tie a room together. The finishing touch that can add some boom to your room is well-chosen wall art. Unfortunately, art pieces can add up in a hurry, even if you hit the shelves at Wal-Mart.
Luckily, you can quickly mimic the effects of an eye-catching, abstract, art piece without breaking the bank. Here’s how you can channel your inner Jackson Pollock at home.
What Will You Need:
To be able to create your piece of art, you will need a few rudimentary art supplies. They don’t have to be fancy. For this purpose, your basic craft store materials are enough to make an impact.
You will need:
- A large canvas
- Acrylic paints in the color-scheme you are aiming for
- Paintbrushes of varying sizes
- An artist spatula
- An old blanket or drop cloth
- Drywall spreaders or putty knives (optional)
- A metallic foil (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol (optional)
How to Get Started
Spread out your old blanket or drop cloth to create a working space. If you are really worried about spills or your paints soaking through, place garbage bags or a tarp underneath. Arrange your materials for ease of use.
Start by adding blobs of color on the canvas in random locations. Don’t worry about uniform dispersion; randomness is the goal here.
Once all your blobs are added, start using the artist spatula to spread the colors around. If you’re using white on your canvas (which is recommended) spread this out first so you can blend the other colors into it. This will add a sense of cohesion to the chaos.
Use the paintbrush to randomly dab different parts of your painting. This adds another texture to the canvas and pulls everything together.
Continue to spread and add new color blobs until you get the look you desire. Remember, you don’t want the canvas to be smooth and well blended. The added texture of the choppy paint is what makes the abstract look so poignant.
The point of this project is not only to create something beautiful but to create something unique that speaks to you. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can try some of these techniques:
Another option is to use the drywall spreader. This tool has a similar effect to the artist spatula, on a larger scale. Instead of pressing the paint, you are dragging it in long, swooping lines. The drywall spreader can be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to the spatula. It adds geometry to the canvas, which is especially nice when your room has square elements.
Metallic foils (also known as leaf) can add a gorgeous, elegant accent to your artwork. Sold in most craft stores, these foils come in gold, silver, bronze, and various other color options. Take pieces of the foil and press them into your painting. Use your paintbrush to dab around the edges, and even over the foil a bit, for a more blended, natural look.
Note that foils often require a special sealant to stay on your canvas. Usually, you can find this sealant with the foils in your local craft store.
If you decide to use rubbing alcohol for your art, use it sparingly. This powerful agent acts as a paint remover. Why would you want to go through the efforts of painting just to take the paint off? Well, when you apply a few drops to the canvas, it has an almost psychedelic blending effect. It’s also useful for adding white space to your canvas.
Grab a firm-bristled paintbrush and dip the ends in rubbing alcohol. Either flick your wrist, flinging alcohol at the canvas, or use your fingers to agitate the bristles.
Home Sweet Home
Whether you live in a luxury condo in Atlanta or a small Cape Cod house in Maine, adding a piece of abstract art is an elegant, chic way to pull a room together. Don’t be limited by the idea of one canvas. You can create an Instagram-style spread of nine squares or use three rectangular canvasses to create a triptych. You’re the artist, so you decide!
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