Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas

It’s been a while since we talked about being your own best artist.  

I’ve been slowly updating our master bedroom, which had been neglected over the years.  There was a watercolor hanging over our dresser that we purchased at an Art Show probably 25 years ago and it was really showing its age. The background of the painting was beginning to yellow and just didn’t flow with the cool, crisp feel I was seeking.

While I’m not going for a full on beach-y feel in our room, the cool blue/greens do lend themselves to that feel.  And as we live withing walking distance of the ocean, it makes sense to have some link there.  

I usually noodle ideas for a while until something speaks to me and images of coral spoke to me in this instance.  This is an odd, narrow little area between 2 different shaped windows and I needed something with a little more height than width.  I opted for 2 long narrow canvases as opposed to one big one.  Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas

Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas

 

 

Here’s what I did:

  • I wanted to just barely tint the background of the canvas to the lightest shade of blue.  In order to get a smooth flow of my paint, I primed the canvas with some leftover white acrylic paint, from painting cabinets in the home, in a satin sheen.  
  • I used a wee bit of some existing acrylic paints in blue and green and mixed them with a good bit of water so that they were almost like a watercolor.

Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas

  • I brushed this very thinned acrylic ‘glaze’ over the acrylic white and then almost immediately wiped it off with a rag, given it just the lightest blue/green hue.

Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas

 

  • I searched the internet for coral images and found that elkhorn corals and staghorn corals fit into my image of what I was looking for.  I sketched these images, very loosely and lightly, on my canvas.  I wasn’t going for scientific exactness…just representation.  Truth time…on my first go round my family wasn’t sure if they were looking at coral or a tree, so I painted over those, went back to the drawing board and refined what I was doing.  
  • I used a bottle of Americana Shimmering Silver Gloss Enamel Paint that I’ve had for a while.  I painted with a 1/2″ widebrush using very short, 1-2 inch strokes in most places with some longer ones here and there to give it some movement and texture.  
  • Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas
  • Once done with the paintings, I used my silver sharpie and wrote the name of each coral on the canvas.  

I am happy with the way they turned out and feel that they were just what I needed in this area to keep the feel of the room light and airy.  

Make Art! Simple DIY to create art for your walls. Illustrated instructions to make coral paintings|Home Decor Ideas

I’d love to see some of your artwork!  Please share it.

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10 Comments

  1. Susan

    July 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

    You are so talented to paint those pieces! I love the look and hope to try this sometime! Thanks for sharing.

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    • lynn

      July 27, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Susan, thanks for your kind words. I encourage you to give it a try…you have nothing to lose and everything to gain! And thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  2. Mandi @ Moments With Mandi

    August 4, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Oh I love this! They look PERFECT there, they are the perfect size for that space you needed to fill! Thank you for linking up at the Simply Sundays link party!

    Reply
    • lynn

      August 4, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Mandi…I really like the way they freshen up the room. And thanks for hosting your link party! I’m new to all this, so appreciate the opportunity to get some exposure.

      Reply
  3. Angeline P

    August 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    These look amazing! I would love to do something similar for my back yard 🙂 (visiting via Something to Talk About Link Party)

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    • lynn

      August 25, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Hi Angeline, You could so do that for your backyard. What a great idea. Share it with me when you’re done!

      Reply
  4. Karen

    August 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    These are just lovely! Simple and stylish! I would totally buy these for my house 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
    Karen

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    • lynn

      August 27, 2015 at 6:28 am

      Thanks! I really do love the way they transformed that wall in my room. The tone on tone is so relaxing!

      Reply
  5. Gina

    January 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Lynn, those look absolutely amazing! I love how you made the canvases just a slight tint of blue with a rag and other paints. It’s so ingenious!! I’m very impressed with your coral paintings. I don’t think of myself as a talented painter, so I’m not sure that I’d be able to give this a try. But, I’m pinning for later. Maybe I can convince one of my more talented friends to do the sketching part for me. 😉

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    • lynn

      January 31, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Oh girlfriend, the worst that can happen is that you’ll have to get out your eraser or paint over it. Nothing can’t be repainted! Get yourself a cheap canvas and give it a whirl!

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