DIY Large abstract ART
Hello again! Suzy is busy with Fitz and her forty other children so you get me (Alana) again. One of my biggest regrets is not taking art in high school. I have never thought myself much of an artist, although I do love art, and I love to create, but it wasn’t a priority and taking cosmetology took its place. I do not regret taking cosmetology, and I can give a pretty mean perm if you are 75+ older and have greying hair. But in hindsight, I think I would have also enjoyed art. My love for art was re-ignited when I went away to University. Can you believe that 5”3’ me worked for a couple of years as a security guard? Am I the least threatening person you would ever meet? 10-4, and I had more than one person tell me that as I was wearing my uniform, complete with flashlight, walkie talkie and this 6-inch long stick that was supposed to be a weapon. Apparently, the requirements for security guard didn’t actually include intimidation, and so I worked security for the BYU Museum of Art, and to my knowledge, there were no heists or art damaged while I was on duty.
I loved walking through the always changing galleries, and the art really made me feel uplifted and often even inspired. Lots of it was weird, and I didn’t get it, but I sure appreciated it. One thing I learned, is that art is valuable, and that means it is expensive (for a good reason, don’t get me wrong). One day I dream of dropping a large sum of money on some sort of original art piece, but until I win the lottery, I will sink a large sum of my creativity all over whatever canvas I can find. And like everything else I blog about, anyone can do it too.
What you need:
Canvas (from your local craft store, or find a canvas to paint over at a thrift store)
Paint (I just used acrylic)
Brushes (for this particular painting, foam brushes were my best friend)
Round objects (plate, bowl)
Pencil, ruler, eraser, and paper to sketch out your plan
*I also used DryDex and some spray paint to make myself a clean canvas to work on
Suzy commissioned me to create a piece of art for her set that she was building, and it needed to be big. We decided on something more geometric and abstract, and it had to be pink. Suzy scored this awesome painting from a thrift store and it was cheaper and larger than anything she could find at the craft store. It’s giant in real life, like four feet tall.
Step 1: Prep your canvas. (If you are using a blank canvas, skip this entirely). The painting on the canvas Suzy found had a lot of texture on it, and each of the lines was a pretty deep groove, to make sure that lines of the old painting didn’t come through the new painting, I used some DryDex and filled in all the grooves. If the canvas you are using has some bright/dark art, I would recommend creating a clean slate. Use some white spray paint to get an even surface.
Step 2: Take pencil to paper and sketch out some ideas. The best part about abstract painting is that you don’t have to be good at drawing details (unless you want to). Straight lines and a circle were all I needed to be able to draw for this particular style, and I used a ruler and a circular object for that. When I finally came up with something I liked, I sketched it on the canvas.
Step 3: Paint. I ended up doing two coats on all of it and even re-painted some portions with new colors when I felt like it needed better balance.
That is it, and it seems simple because it is. It feels a little silly writing up a how-to on this, but I challenge you to make your own abstract art. If you are anything like me, you find the work satisfying and your creativity will help uplift your home and make your living space feel a little more put together.