DIY Abstract Wall Art
You know that feeling when you are sketching the same thing over and over again everywhere you go (without really realising what you are doing)? At home, in stores or even on napkins in coffee shops? Well, it's been happening to me for a while now, so when I wanted to test some new paints from Little Greene, I didn't even realise I started painting the same shapes...AGAIN!!!
This figure that has been chasing me for years now (since Uni), clearly it wanted to see the light again. Luckily, I almost always document this kind of things just in case I need to remember different techniques for future projects.
What better way to do this than a DIY project right? Must say, I really love how it turned out. Still don't know what the shape is supposed to mean but....alas, art before anything else, right?
So, if you are looking for a fun and insightful DIY to do this weekend (or any other weekend) or just something to do with your friends or the kids (even with your partner), then here is what you will need:
- Sample pots of paint from your favourite supplier (for this one I opted for Little Greene Company);
- Paint Brushes;
- Acrylic Paint;
- Some Masking tape or Washi Masking paper tape (in case you run out of the first option);
- Foam Boards or Canvas;
- Flower petals for a dramatic effect when you take pictures (optional of course).
The first thing that you should do (if you cannot decide from the start) is to choose which paint to pick as the background for your masterpiece. If you have some paper (to protect the surface you are painting on), you can try them out with a brush. After you've settled on the colour, you can play around with some masking tape on your foam board.
Why use foam board at all? I find that it dries faster than canvas, plus it weighs less without a frame. Back to the masking tape, remember that this is your creative moment! Think up ways in which you can use it to create the shapes that you want to paint later.
As I ran out of masking tape, I used some washi paper tape instead. Just be careful (and patient) when you take either of them out because it will rip out the upper layer of the foam board (as you will see later on what yours truly did).
So, after you are pleased with your composition, paint the foam board with a coat of paint, let it dry, then do another coat and let that one dry as well. I used French Grey from Little Greene and Golden and Copper acrylic paints (if you want to try out the same colours). Of course, you can try acrylic paints for the base of your painting. I used wall paint because originally, this project started out with a completely different purpose - to test out paints and make sample boards.
After the paint has all dried out and you've ripped out your masking tape carefully (not like I did), it's time to use the acrylic paint! You can start by using a simple painting brush, a decorating paint brush or mix them in the process, it does not matter. What matters in the end is that you are happy with the final look.
I find that I usually enjoy the details perhaps way too much (as you can see from the detailed photos). After the paint had dried, I added another layer with the decorating paint brush, in order to add that effect of an oil painting on a canvas.
You can try out different techniques in order to make the painting completely your own. You can add your own personality by using paper or bubble wrap to leave marks on your paint, sprinkle paint on or any other process that comes to your creative mind.
What I loved about this little DIY project is that it looks different depending on the angle you are looking from and (of course) the natural light. I think I wasted a good half an hour taking photos from every possible angle, just to capture another "look".
So there you have it - an impromptu abstract DIY painting. I still don't know why this figure haunts me or if it will continue to do so but, at least, I got it out of my head (for now). I must admit that this was fun and easy to do, not to mention relaxing. But most of all, I really love how it turned out.
What shapes or items appear in your sketches or doodles over and over again? It would be so interesting to know what all of this means, don't you think?
Share a picture of what "haunts" your unconscious mind, no matter how small. Post below or on our Facebook Page or, if it's easier, you can find me on Instagram (just tap @detailmovement) and share your picture with me there. Let's figure this out together.
All images that are credited as '©Detail Movement', are done by Raluca Vaduva for Detail Movement. All rights reserved. All pictures that are not my own, I credit them to the best of my knowledge & research, to their online sources. I do not claim ownership over them in any way.