Custom art pieces are the perfect way to bring life to a room, but they can also cost an arm and a leg! Today I thought I’d share a quick and fun project for anyone! Creating your own abstract one of a kind diy art piece for around $5 – $20 (depending on how much you have on hand and want to spend) and because you choose the colors and the style it can fit in with any decor.
Many people claim they don’t have the creativity or the ability to create beautiful one of a kind art pieces but I very much beg to differ! Art isn’t about perfection or the amount of skill it took to create it. It’s about creating something that you find beautiful and expresses you.
Art does not have to be difficult to be beautiful, so here is a quick diy abstract art project I threw together and completed in under an hour. Yep, less than an hour. Using cheap dollar store or Wal-mart materials you can create a one of a kind quick and easy abstract painting to give as a gift, spiffy up a bedroom, or display in any room in your home for around 20 dollars or less!
I chose to do something a bit modern in style but, using different colors and slightly different techniques, you could tweak it to fit the style of your home. Let your imagination take flight!
Materials I used:
1 small canvas board (I got mine in a 3 pack from Wal-Mart
A variety of paints (You can easily use cheap dollar store or Wal-mart paints and get the same results. I just used what I had on hand.)
A medium sized paintbrush (From Wal-mart craft section)
Sponge Brushes (From a 10 pack from the dollar store)
Craft tape (From the clearance bin at my local Michaels. You can also use masking tape or painters tape. I didn’t have any on hand so I used this craft tape instead. Any tape that isn’t too sticky should work just fine.)
Last but not least a trusty assistant (My cat Sadie, more like a supervisor)
The first thing I did was choose 2 colors to create a background. You can use just 1 color if you wish but I like creating depth by blending 2 or more colors together. I started with the darker color on bottom and lighter on top but a little ways into it decided to flip it upside down and have the darker color at the top. I used white paint in the middle to blend the 2 shades together.
At this point I wanted to add texture so I grabbed a sponge and the darker of the two colors and started sponging around the edges.
Once that was done I lightened it a little by sponging white over it softly until it was blended but still had texture. At this point you want to let your background dry. This is important because if you tape on a wet background the tape will pull the paint off the canvas when you go to remove it, or the tape may not stick at all. Which could create a lovely texture or pattern in itself. Don’t be afraid to try it if you’re feeling adventurous! If that’s not what your going for though I’d suggest letting it dry.
Once your background is dry the next step is to tape off a grid pattern, or whatever pattern you wish to do. I did a grid with the intent of creating a city scape or sound bar type design, but there are endless possibilities!
Next was the fun part for me. Using different shades of purple paint I sponged/wiped/dabbed like there was no tomorrow until I was happy with the colors and coverage. You don’t have to cover it completely. Use as much or as little as you like. I once again went over it with white in places to see what effect it would give and loved it.
I hope this tutorial will help inspire you to create unique one of a kind diy art pieces for your own home. They are so much fun to do, take very little time, and depending on the materials you choose to use can cost next to nothing!
I’d love to see your projects and hear any feedback you guys may have. This is my first tutorial so let me know what needs improvement! More pictures? Less ranting? More Instruction? Send me an email or leave a comment!