Need a little art for your walls? What about a Valentine’s Day gift for someone special? Tips and Video to make this DIY Abstract Painting.

Remember how I was just chatting about my favorite things to do when it is cold and wet outside? Well…add painting to that list.

Kate needed a painting for her room.  I’m sure you don’t want to hear all the details, well…OK…I’ll tell you…it has something to do with weevils infesting the fantastic paper mache Ram’s Head I made for her 2 years ago…Lesson Learned…only use glue and not flour for paper mache.

But I digress…without the Ram Head, Kate’s wall had a big empty spot. So….I did what I do…I painted a new picture for the blank space on her wall…and I called it “A Piece of My Heart” because aren’t all our kiddos a piece of our hearts?  I added hearts to the painting to remind my daughter that she will always have " A Piece of my Heart"

When I need want something quickly, I find that a DIY abstract painting is the way to go. 

For this project I was excited to use DecoArts new line of Americana Premium Acrylic Paints.

DecoArt kindly sent these paints to me to use in this project, but all opinions are my own.Deco Art Products used in painting

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I used their Titanium White, Quinacridone Red, Vermillion Hue, Cadmium Red Hue and Primary Magenta in their new Americana Premium Acrylic Line.  I also use a little of their Whispering Turquoise Americana Acrylic Paint that I already had in my inventory.

And while we’re talking supplies, I use Mona Lisa Metal Leaf Adhesive and Gold Leaf 

I also found a wax brush to be the best for applying the paint so that I didn’t get brush strokes.

I have painted a similar ‘abstract’ painting several years ago and have had several requests for how I did it. I wasn’t blogging back then, so didn’t document the process. But I did document this one…so you can see the crazy, messy, ‘fly by the seat of her paints pants’ me at work.

Close up of hearts in painting

Now let me back up and say…I am not a professionally trained ‘artist’…I was a finance major for heaven’s sake. But I am a firm believer in just jumping in and learning through trial and error. The wonderful thing about paint is that it can be painted over.  

Close up of Gold Leaf in Abstract painting

Which I did several times in this process.

And I also know that abstract is not everyone’s cup of tea…that’s cool…that’s what makes the world go ’round (as my Grandma used to say…well, maybe not the ‘that’s cool’ part…she wasn’t quite that hip)

But, I think we can all agree that Gold Leaf makes everything better. Am I right?Painting as a part of the gallery wall in my daughter's room

In my experimentation of painting, I have found that there are a couple of guidelines I use that may help you with your DIY Abstract Painting:

  • I like to determine a general and loose ‘design’…in this case it’s a diagonal through the center.  But it could be a loose cross, or a Z shape, or a S shape, or an irregular triangle, etc…
  • I do keep in mind colors that play well together.  In this case my pinks, oranges and blues are ‘triadic’ colors…equally spaced around the color wheel.  My pink is my dominant color and the orange and blue are highlights.  For more information on color harmony, check out this site.
  • I try really hard not to muddy my colors by moving them around too much when they are wet, this is especially true with oils.
  • I like to layer colors…with something ‘peeking’ out from underneath.
  • Once I think I’m done, I put the painting somewhere where I will see it often.  If something isn’t quite right your eye will tell you.
  • And with something like this, that won’t have a piece of glass over it…there is no rule that says that one year later, after it has been hanging on your wall, you still can’t go back and add a dab or two in an area that still needs something.
  • Unless you are wanting fine detail, keep your wrist loose and hold your brush by the very end of the handle.  This will keep your strokes loose.
  • I ALWAYS paint an undercoat on my canvas.  Sometimes it blends well, like this pink. Other times it doesn’t necessarily, but just having a peek of something in some places provides interest.

Now, let’s talk about the frame.  More to the point, let’s talk about how expensive it is to get something professionally framed! Because I like to dabble in paint, we’d be living on the streets if I professionally framed everything I painted. So, there are a couple of alternatives:

  • You could make your own.  I have done this and you do need a good mitre saw.  Here’s a great video if you want to go that route.
  • Especially if you have a thick canvas…a wax brush…wrap the paint around the side, like this. This one is 3″ thick…

Truth time…I started this painting probably 17 years ago and have never finished it…and it’s been hanging up in my den for 16.5 years.  I may get to it someday…I may not.

But in the case of an abstract, just extend the painting around the side in the same way, even the gold leaf if you are using it.

  • Using already put together canvas frames (as opposed to photo frames) from Michaels or another frame store.  In this case, my canvas was a wonky size (note…if you are going to go the premade route…check to see what frame sizes the carry and then chose your canvas accordingly) so there weren’t any premade canvas frames.

So, I took the one black photo frame that they had in my size, grabbed some Ook Offset Clips (they come in a variety of sizes, the size you need depends on the difference between the canvas edge and the frame edge) and went home to hack my frame. I removed the glass and everything else, spray painted it gold and then attached my canvas to the frame with the offset clips.

And TADA!

Now, I promised the ‘how to’ for this DIY Abstract Painting…but can we all agree that taking photos for every stroke of painting could be…well…difficult. So, instead I recorded the process for you.  I did speed it up to 6 times, but think you can easily get a sense of what I did. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Once again, I am not an authority, but I know what works for me.

So, if you think you’d like to dive in and give diy abstract painting a whirl someday down the road, make sure you bookmark this page or pin the following image.I love making my own art...and this DIY Abstract Painting was so easy to make. Tips and Videos on this easy how-to with acrylic paints and gold leaf. Quick Video Tutorial shows my process. Easy way to at art to your walls and change around your home decor. Adding hearts in the painting makes it a great Valentine's Day gift.

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20 Comments

  1. Stacey

    January 12, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Lynn, this is gorgeous! You definitely created something beautiful for the wall.

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Aw, thanks so much my friend. I’m pretty pleased with it and thinking I have another wall space that needs something fun!

      Thanks for swinging by.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Sue

    January 12, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you for this post Lynn. I have a closet full of paints and supplies that terrify me every time I get close to them. I’ve no idea why I bought it all except I love art (especially abstracts), and thought I’d one day get brave enough to dabble. This is a great post with a beautiful outcome. Thanks again for sharing.

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Oh Sue, I do hope you’ll pull those paints out of your closet, open them up, squirt them on a tray and start playing. What’s the worse that can happen? If you just really don’t like it, then paint right over it! Sometimes when I’m lacking ideas I’ll copy something that I really love just to get some paint on canvas and to see how that artist works with strokes and color.

      Wishing you a lovely day of painting in the near future my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  3. Lisa

    January 12, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Beautiful! I love the flow of your paintings. And the cat. Hilarious how there’s a way to relax there.!

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks for swinging by my friend and living your kind comments. And that sweet kitty…she’s just a year old and has wrapped her little paw around all of our hearts.

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  4. Robin from Frugal Family Times

    January 13, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Oh my Lynn it’s so gorgeous! Your video may have made me feel brave enough to try this too. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Also, it must be said, your cat is such a cutie! Mine loves to be carried too. 🙂

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Hey Robin…Thanks so much for swinging by. Please do dive in…once again, the worst that could happen is that you need to paint over it.

      And that cat…can’t tell you how much she is loved. She is such a sweetie.

      Many hugs my friend.

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  5. Mary

    January 14, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Lynn that is such a beautiful painting. Love that gold intertwined with the pink. I think it looks fantastic on Kate’s wall. And thanks for the tip about the weevils.

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks so much for swinging by my friend. Gold and Pink were truly meant to go together…don’t you think? Such a great combination.

      Wishing you a lovely day my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  6. Rebekah Purnel

    January 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Painting is my one and only hobby. Recently I am trying abstract painting and was searching for the best tips. I go yours and already applied. That was outstanding and great.
    Thanks for the tips!

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Hey there Rebekah

      You just made my day!!! I absolutely love it when I put something out that might help someone. I appreciate it more than you can ever know that you took a minute to tell me that! You truly ROCK!!!

      I wish I had time to do more painting…it’s a good and bad problem I guess…there are so many things I love to do and not enough hours in the day to do them all.

      Wishing you a lovely week my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  7. Janet

    January 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    This is fabulous Lynn! I’m going to pin to remember it going forward for a project that I have in mind.

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    • lynn

      January 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      Aw thanks Janet! It was fun to do…bright and cheery…just what I needed on a dreary and cold winter day.

      Hope it’s helpful to you.

      Have a great week.

      Lynn

      Reply
  8. Florence

    January 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Lynn, that is so pretty. I love pink and I especially love how you got the texture in the painting. Love the colors for a girl’s room and I’m sure your daughter will treasure it. Pinned.

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    • lynn

      January 19, 2018 at 9:03 am

      Thanks so much Florence…it was fun to do and looks so great in my daughter’s room.

      I so appreciate you stopping by with your kind comments.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  9. Maria

    January 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    This is amazing, its the second post I saw of a painting, I have been wanting to get back into water colors, Brilliant painting.
    Maria

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    • lynn

      January 19, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Hi sweet friend…After seeing all of your projects, there is no doubt you have some crazy skills. I’d love to see your watercolor paintings.

      Glad you are on the road to recovery.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  10. Rebecca

    January 16, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    How fun and free this is. Yuo did a great job with it!!

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    • lynn

      January 19, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Thanks so much Rebecca! I do love it…as does my daughter.

      I so appreciate you taking a minute to write your kind comments.

      Have a fantastic weekend, my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply

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