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DIY files: How to do a painting with just 35£ or less!

DIY files: How to do a painting with just 35£ or less!

We all know the limitations to living in a rented accommodation. You can't do anything to redesign the interior without the owner's permission. Then there's this thing called "money" to consider, quite important, meaning you really have to watch what you spend it on - like art for example! And if you add into the mix that you are not allowed to hang anything on the walls..... bwaaaahhh!! It's torture for someone like us, a design lover, right? 

Last week I had quite enough of the same colour walls, so I decided to change something, and add some colour, without breaking any "rental agreement". Did some supplies hunting and created an abstract painting to display around the flat. As it turns out, you only need about £30 - £35 to get the job done; and that included supplies for future craft projects as well. BARGAIN!!!

©Detail Movement_Sample paint pots

So, here's a list of what you need:

  1. 4 Paint Sample Pots - about £4.25 / pot from Little Greene Paint. You can get from any brand you want and of course, you can buy as many colours as you want. I got the following 4 colours: Citrine 71 green, Canton 94 blue, Mid Lead Colour 114 grey and Mister David 17 yellow.
  2.  1 inch Paint Brush - £3.09. It doesn't have to be 1 inch, you can go as thick or thin as you like. I find that I have more control over the colour while painting with a 1" brush, that's all.
  3. A3 Foam Board 10mm - £10.49 for a pack of 10 boards. You can buy just one piece or a pack, it's up to you. Depends on what you want to do and how many paintings you need. I found A3 (42 x 29.7cm) to be enough of a canvas for what I needed. Best part of that is that you can even cut these boards to different sizes, if you want to do something smaller, or do like a couple of them and have a play around.
  4. Optional - some bubble wrapp £2.49, or for free if you have any around the house.
  5. Bonus - if you want to hang your art around the flat - Command Hanging Strips - £3.40 for 4 sets of strips. I personally like to display my art around the flat, because I get bored of seeing the painting in just one place :). Also 'cause I am not allowed to defile the walls. Once you have all these items, you are all equipped to do amazing art works, so let's begin. 

First thing - choose your base colour for the background of the canvas.

  • That is, if you want it to be a colour, if not leave it white. I chosed grey, as it's more of a neutral colour, and whatever I would add on top of it, would only result in a beautiful contrast (accent) colour.
  • Don't forget to open your windows when you start to paint. You don't need to inhale the paint vapours (safety precaution).
  • If you are worried about the end result, you can also buy a primer (base for paint), and start with that on your foam board. I didn't buy any primer, because I wanted a more "natural / rough / unfinished" type of look. Or to put it in other words - not shiny. Also, I wanted to see what I could get with less money.
  • Add as many coats as you want, in order to acheive to look you want. I did 2 coats.
  • Leave it out to dry. In the meantime, enjoy a cup of coffee and search for inspiration, or even have a small dance, because why not?
©Detail Movement_DIY colour base

©Detail Movement_DIY colour base

©Detail Movement_DIY_how 1 coat colour base looks like

©Detail Movement_DIY_how 1 coat colour base looks like

Now, the fun part starts - paaainting time!!

  • Grab a bubble wrap if you have any left around the flat from previous food orders or someplace else.
  • Choose another colour for your experiment.
  • Paint a big portion of the wrap, or just a tiny bit, depending on what you want to achieve.
  • Do a colour test on another sheet of paper, in case you don't like it and end up not using it.
  • Place it on your canvas, press a bit / not, once or a couple of times, depending on the look you are going for.
  • Admire your handy work while it's drying. Time for another sip of that coffee!
©Detail Movement_DIY colour pick

©Detail Movement_DIY colour pick

©Detail Movement_DIY wrap colour test

©Detail Movement_DIY wrap colour test

©Detail Movement_DIY colour

©Detail Movement_DIY colour

©Detail Movement_DIY bubble wrap process

©Detail Movement_DIY bubble wrap process

©Detail Movement_DIY result

©Detail Movement_DIY result

©Detail Movement_DIY colour detail

©Detail Movement_DIY colour detail

After you've applied the bubble wrap, it's time for some free hand painting.

  • The colours you are left with, are now the "colour accents" in your painting.
  • Pick which colour you want to begin with and start experimenting with free hand painting.
  • Paint to your heart's desire, until you feel like the painting is complete.
  • Again, leave it out to dry and enjoy a sip of whatever you fancy. You've earned it. Or just boogie for 5 minutes!
©Detail Movement_DIY colour accent

©Detail Movement_DIY colour accent

©Detail Movement_DIY colour accent process

©Detail Movement_DIY colour accent process

©Detail Movement_DIY painting final

©Detail Movement_DIY painting final

©Detail Movement_DIY abstract painting

©Detail Movement_DIY abstract painting

So there you have it guys, super easy, inexpensive abstract art right inside your flat. And bonus point - you made it! You are the artist. How cool is that? Imagine if you could sell it afterwards. I mean why not, right? It's all a matter of taste in the end - CCL!!!!

The cool part is that you can hang it any way you want, horizontal or vertical. So why not try it? It is really inexpensive, and you might even surprise yourself with the result. Who knows, you might find out there was an artist inside you this whole time!!!

So would you do it? How would you do it? Would you use bubble wrap? Different colours? Let me know or head over to the DETAIL MOVEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE and share your thoughts there. Looking forward to reading your experience!

Until next time!!

Raluca x

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.

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