All of the time at home lately has afforded me the opportunity to try things that have been in the back of my mind for a while. I’ve always believed there’s some inner artist hidden deep within me so for the sake of my sanity–and updating the look of my mantel–I tried my hand at painting more abstract art.
It’s by no means “perfect” but is any art, really? I’m not sharing this with the intention of showing you the right way to do this but more so, that maybe you’ll feel inspired to grab what you might already have around the house and try something new.
Here’s a quick step-by-step in pictures of my process. The first step was actually going up to my attic and grabbing this big canvas of a past art-gone-wrong project. I lightly painted white over it before I started, intentionally giving it some uneven texture. And, before you ask. . . I didn’t really preplan the supplies for this project but used what I had on-hand. I used some left over wall paints, a bottle of white acrylic craft paint, a paint pen I found in my kids’ supplies. . . I just experimented to see what would happen.
When I started painting this, I originally envisioned the bottom as the top but it just felt better when I flipped it. I also brought it in one night and leaned it against my mantel when I thought it was “finished.” And, it started bugging me. Every time I looked at it, all I could think was “patchwork.” I knew it needed something else so I took it back to my garage and added more white.
The moral of the story is, just keep playing until you feel happy. And if you can’t get there, paint over the whole thing and start again. I’d love to see your work if try your own art project. Tag me on Instagram or use #EACstyle.
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Oh you did such a great job, Emily! I’m definitely going to try creating my own piece of art. Thanks for the inspiration!
My attempt looks a lot like your “art gone wrong”! I love your picture! I usually end up trying to copy something I find online. I love that you used what you had on hand to create such a beautiful addition to your living room. #coronaart !
I love it. You did an amazing job. I would buy that.
Nice job….Looks so good on your mantel!
I would SO buy this! Just inspiring, thanks!
Tina Bellino says
I did the same thing. I always wanted to do some acrylic paintings. So I ordered supplies off the internet and made about 8 paintings so far. I even sold one to an art dealer in New Orleans for $100. He had seen it on FB and contacted me about purchasing one. I donated $50 to 1st Responders here in NY where I live. I’m having a blast! I’d love to sell more and donate 50%. To me, it’s all about giving back!
I love it!! I’m inspired to try an art project I’ve wanted to do for a while. Thx for the inspiration.
Simply amazing. I love your creativity!
I really like your art. I am timid sometimes about trying new things but I do photography and sometimes print it on canvas. I have one photo that I took of the turquoise water when we were snorkeling. It just looked like it wanted to be on canvas so that’s what I’ll do. I’ll post the photo on Instagram and tag you. My art represents me and your art represents you. Thank goodness we’re not all the same! But you give me confidence to perhaps try some painting. Thank you.
Jennifer Reil says
I really love this! I have a blank canvas waiting for me, but I’ve never tried abstract art. I love how you flipped it- I did that with a painting I bought, and it’s much better now :).