do it yo’self: abstract painting

Do you know what? Art is expensive.  Particularly when you need a whopping sized piece to fill the wall in your dining room.  I’m also not an ‘art enthusiast’.  So when it comes to spending my dollars on anything, art comes close to the bottom of the list.

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Having said that, I’ve been on the look out for an (affordable) piece of abstract art and as I don’t see the appeal of abstract art prints, the prices are up there.  Then I came across DIY acrylic fluid paintings and thought ‘hey! I can do that’.  So when Lincraft had a 30% off everything in store sale, I thought here’s my chance.  So I bought the biggest canvas they had (48″ x 48″), acrylic paint (turquoise, blue, white and copper) and liquidtex flow aid (NOTE: I bought this after watching a YouTube video and found it completely pointless.  I may have used it incorrectly but I found mixing my paint with water an easier and more effective option).  All this cost me about $60 after the discount – not bad.

Admittedly, my art isn’t an acrylic fluid painting.  Mine is…original.  But I had a blast doing it.  The best thing about this art is that you just keep building on it until you’re happy.

First, put down a drop sheet or a cheap shower curtain.  I then put a side table in the centre and balanced my canvas on top.  You want enough room around the sides cos you will be moving around the canvas and tilting it.

Next, find containers to pour your paint into.  Try to use ones that you don’t care if they end up in the bin.  Disposable cups are good too.  Mix the paint with water – the consistency should resemble pouring cream.

Once you’re happy with the consistency, be brave and pour across the canvas.  Tilt the canvas to move the paint around and cover it.  Keep building on it until you’re happy.  You will find that moving the canvas may ruin patterns which you want to keep but still want to alter other areas.  For this, I grabbed my hairdryer and with is set on cold, manipulated the paint to move in the direction I wanted without touching the areas I was happy with.  The cool thing about using a hairdryer toward the end, is that when you’ve built up layers of different colours, it uncovers it and causes an amazing ripple effect.

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Stand back and take a look at what you’ve created.  Add colours where you feel it’s necessary until you’re happy.  Leave to dry.  Mine took a couple of days for it to be completely dry.

Good luck!

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