You know when you just kind of get the itch to craft? When all of a sudden your life depends on it. So you run to Hobby Lobby
real quickly for two hours. Then walk out with 40 dollars less in your bank account. Man, I really hope that’s not just me.
Well that happened to me the other day, so I crafted. And if I do say so myself my stuff turned out pretty good. So I thought I would share with y’all a tutorial about how to make your own abstract painting. Its pretty easy and can add color to any room. Plus it includes a gold accent, and who doesn’t love a gold accent (hair flip girl emoji).
You’re going to need a canvas, gold paint, any other paint colors of your liking ( I would suggest to use white as one), a gold paint pen, foil, a sponge paint brush (even though it isn’t pictured) and this cool knife looking paint tool (yes, that is the exact scientific name for it). First go ahead and tear up the foil into smaller pieces, but keep the pieces pretty big because you will eventually paint a portion of them, so you won’t see as much gold as there actually is. Then color this foil with the gold paint pen. Once you have colored it squirt out some gold paint onto a plate and dab the foil in the paint and messily smear it around on the foil to give it some extra texture (plus this will help cover up any spots you missed when coloring). If you don’t want to go through the hassle of coloring and painting it, you can buy gold foil at Hobby Lobby. It was just an extra 6 dollors, so instead I decided to be resourceful and use supplies I knew I had at home.While the foil is drying, you can start on your canvas. Squirt out globs of paint directly onto the canvas and begin to mix these around with the knife. Despite my example, make these globs pretty large, especially if you are using a large canvas. You can blend the colors to your liking. I enjoyed making mine look a bit more messy, so I didn’t blend mine perfectly. When blending, the white is very important because it makes the blending seem more natural, especially if you are blending colors that aren’t next to each other on the color wheel (like yellow and pink). You can also change the texture of the paint with the knife. Using swift big motions will give you interesting rivets, like the ones you see in the picture in the white paint. You can also dabble the knife on a portion of paint to give you a different texture; as you can see in the above picture near the upper left-hand corner. Play around with the knife or other paint brushes to see what texture you can come up with. It is an abstract piece so feel free to experiment. At the end of the day it doesn’t look like something specific, so nobody is going to tell you, “that doesn’t look right”. You have full creative reign here. Use it, abuse it… feel the power (smirky face emoji)
As the painting starts to come together you can then begin to place your gold foil. I placed mine all near each other, but you can place it wherever you want (another great time to feel the power). Place the foil in a pretty hefty amount of paint and push the edges down to make sure they are “in” the paint. Then add some paint on top of the edges that matches the paint around it. Once you have painted all of the edges of your foil, mix in gold paint on the edges to make the lines seem less harsh. Gold can be hard to blend so don’t worry about making it perfect. I used the sponge brush to help me blend here as well. Once you have added all your foil pieces you can go back and make some finishing touches to the blending, or add more texture. My final product is below
I’m going to hang mine in my new apartment that I move into on Wednesday. I’m pretty pumped. I hope you too get to hang it somewhere that you are pumped about. Like or comment on this post if you enjoyed and I hope y’all have fun creating a piece like this!