So that's your little project! I hope you enjoyed it as much as me. I'd love to see your finished work so be sure to tag me when showing off on your social media accounts. Maybe this will inspire you to have all your old brushes and paints out a bit more often.
As well as having a super cool abstract painting, you can also slap your design on many other products too!
All you need is either a camera or scanner to convert your work into digital form. You can tweak the colours in your design software to your taste and upload to an online printer.
Sound scary? Well, not really. I actually used Asda for my phonecase here and it's pretty simple. You can upload yours here (I'm not affiliated with Asda by the way! I just find them quick and easy to use).
There we have it, once your painting has dried simply frame it up and hang it. You could even give it as a gift or treat to someone special.
You don't have to stop at one either, I like to have groups of three so I experimented with different colours too.
Keep going until you're happy with your design. If you end up not quite liking what you've done, you can always paint over it and start again.
You may notice that some of my brush stokes have a bit of a texture to them. I made quite a mess with my first attempt so I simply painted over it with white emulsion. Then I thought I'd try and age it a bit with some crackle effect, THEN I painted over the top of that after I changed my mind, yet the crackle still showed through. I quite like the over all effect so that failed canvas turned into a success ☺
Once you've got your first colour down, you can go on to add the rest. Now, you have two options here, you can either let each one dry (I used a hair dryer to speed that up) or carry on over the top while the paint is still wet to create a smudged effect.
I used different sized brushes to create a bit more texture and depth (how fancy) but again, just use whatever sizes you have to hand.
Now it's time to just go mad! I try to do just one colour at a time (it seemed easier). Even though these pictures look like a jumbled mess, you can make them as random or as symmetrical as you like. The design with the black was quite methodical, every brush stroke was placed next to a 'like' brush stoke, but for this one, I just went all out and placed them where I felt like it.
Ok, so now you're ready with all your bits and bobs, you can choose your colour scheme. For one of my paintings I went for pinks, corals, purple and gold. If you're stuck for ideas then just type colour palette into Google images and you can get plenty of ideas there. Perhaps you have a favourite outfit or even the wallpaper in your front room. There are colour inspirations everywhere if you just look.
So, you'll probably have most of your supplies hanging around in your collection already. The only things I bought were a new frame and canvas for the grand total of £2.50.
I painted these three designs in the week leading up to Father's Day, which came close to Valentine's in terms of busyness in my shops. They played a big part in helping me keep my head on straight and you wouldn't think it, but just putting lines and dots of paint on canvas is an extremely effective (and worthwhile) stress reliever! I showed a few snippets on Instagram and described it as putting my worries into little paint boxes. Each line or dot holds a small corner of a problem, what time does the post office shut, will I run out of envelopes, will I have time to help with my Dad's Birthday party, my leg hurts, I have a headache, have I eaten today, what if I get a bad review......... So yeah, they're quite personal to me now.
Whether you're a seasoned artist, a weekend dabbler or a 'when the mood takes me' kinda person, this little project is perfect for you.
Even if you haven't picked up a paint brush in your adult life, I can guarantee you will produce something you hadn't expected and there's a little bonus too!!
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