If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I got a bee in my bonnet over the weekend and was on a mission to do some DIY artwork. Well, it all started with a console table I bought from Aldi for $59… Nothing seemed to sit right with it, so instead of spending more money I decided to paint something myself. I didn’t spend a cent because I used what I already had at home, so if I didn’t end up liking the canvas, it didn’t really matter too much.
I had an old canvas in my garage and just rolled over some white paint to start fresh again. The surfaced ended up being quite textured which was good. It had a few layers of paint on it before I even started.
I have a storage room in my laundry and a few boxes with some paint. I grabbed some colours which I thought might match. I didn’t really have any rules, I knew I just wanted to start with black, blue, green and pink…
The first layer went on with a little sponge roller. I rinsed it out in between and wasn’t too worried if the edges of each paint colour overlapped.
I let that dry quite thoroughly. My 9 year old got out the hair-dryer and did it for me (I was too impatient to wait!). Actually, the hairdyer does make paint crackle a little so this was good. I was happy with that texture.
Then I grabbed a scraper. I had a couple of sizes in my storage room. I started putting sections of paint over the top and left lumps to dry.
I went back over any see-through sections with either the roller again or the scraper….
Then I decided to use a business card. You can use little pieces of cardboard or whatever. Pinterest showed me how to do this!!
Then I used some of the leftover paint on the business card to wipe around in other areas. I wasn’t fussy!
Lastly, I used some white paint with the card to soften all the colours, edges.
I dripped a couple of white spots here and there. Why not?! 😉
Here’s that console table from Aldi. Did you pick one up??
I had other artwork in this corner, but it was too wide for the space.
I did pop to Kmart and bought a couple of new vases. I spent about $35 there on Saturday morning. Then I rearranged everything and now I am happy with my new DIY abstract art. I might even do another for a different wall in my house! I know I have an extra canvas sitting my garage waiting for a makeover.
Have you done DIY art before? I wrote this post about a fortnight ago with some cool tutorials which I think got me fired up to make my own.