When it comes to decorating your space, you want make sure to include lots of personality.
YOU ARE UNIQUE, and your home should reflect that!
Custom art is a fun and inexpensive way to brighten up your walls, and really let your style shine. Now, some of you may be intimidated by the thought of making “art”, but I’m not talking about creating a flawless rendition of Monet’s Water Lilies. Art is anything you want it to be! If it holds meaning to you, and makes you happy whenever YOU look at it, it’s perfect.
If you’re still not warming up to the idea of painting something by yourself, get your favorite ladies together, pop some bubbly, and have a PAINTING PARTY! Doing something new and intimidating, while surrounded by your friends, somehow makes things SO MUCH easier. Am I right!?
- Paper plates
- Paint brushes in various sizes
- Acrylic paints
- Table cloth to protect work space
- Water cups and paper towels, to rinse and dry brushes with
All of the supplies listed above can be found at your local craft store. You can usually find canvases sold together in packs of three or five, which is really convenient when buying for a group of people like this. Remember to check online first for any coupons! Saving is SEXY!
Next up, grab your besties!
The painting/design that I had in mind for this piece to look like was pretty simple. To choose your paint, gather three or four complementing paint colors. I chose a teal, light blue, yellow, and some purple. Thinking about where you’d like this piece to hang, and what colors are already in that space, can help when making this decision.
Step 1: With your first color, cover your canvas with big round strokes. Swirl, curl, twirl your paint, and don’t think too much! I believe abstract art looks best when you keep things loose and organic.
Step 2: Chose your second paint color, and fill in some of the space around your swirls. Be sure to leave some white leftover, and if you paint over your swirls a little, it’s nothing to worry about.
Step 3: With a smaller brush, fill in a few of the gaps and leftover white space with your accent color. I found small quick strokes gave me the best results for this last pop of color.
There you have it! If you want to go back and add a little more color, dipping the handle of your brush into paint, and tapping it onto your canvas is a great way to get perfect little dots. Or “flick” your brush at your canvas for a splattered look! The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.
I love how everyone’s paintings turned out so differently!
And you know what, if you end up not impressed with your first attempt, you still got to hang out and have a great time with your friends. Even if you didn’t make a beautiful masterpiece, you did make beautiful memories!
So now armed with these basic painting guidelines, I hope I’ve sparked your creativity, provided the PERFECT excuse for a party, and inspired you to give abstract painting a try!
Bethany is a graphic designer by day, self proclaimed decorator/maker of things by night! Though originally from a small farming town, she found herself in the big city of Cincinnati, OH after graduating from Ball State University with a BFA in Visual Communications. When she’s not working on design, you can find her dance-cooking in the kitchen, singing at the top of her lungs, exploring the closest thrift store, getting her fitness on, or fixing up her house alongside her hubby. Be sure to check out her little corner of the interweb, A Soliloquy by Bethany. Got a question for Bethany? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.