Dining Room Abstract Art
Decorating is fun, but it can really break the bank. My excitement for all of the things I'd do in my new apartment vanished when I realized that my West Elm, Crate & Barrel, CB2 taste comes at price tag that I just can't afford right now. One of the things that seem to be the most expensive is artwork. But you know me -- where there's a will there's a will there's a way.
The first pieces of artwork in my new house are a DIY project that takes no artistic skill and is lots of fun. I made these side-by-side gold leaf abstract pieces to hang over my dining room table.
The beauty of abstract art is that it doesn’t really have to look like anything at all. I chose the shades of blue because I'm really into that color scheme as of late.
Here's what I used to bring these paintings to life.
2 Pack - 20 x 24 Stretched Canvas - I love the look of side by side canvases. So this two pack was perfect.
Plaid Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint - I used Satin Electric Blue, Satin Summer Sky, Satin Primary Blue, Matte Blue Bonnet, Satin Deep Navy. Use as many or as few shades as you'd like. I also used Simply Acrylic in white to accent.
Mona Lisa Gold Leaf Kit - This kit is perfect because it comes with everything you need to apply and seal the gold leaf. Plus, they come in square sheets so you're able to make them as big or as small as you'd like.
Paint Brushes - Choose any kind of paint brushes you'd like. No need to invest in the heavy artillery. I liked this variety pack because the different sizes made for different affects on the canvas.
To start, I used random strokes across the canvas to create a scattered look. Take a step back every now and then to see how it’s coming together as a bigger picture. Don’t worry if you see a line or two you don’t like -- you can always paint over it later. Allow this first coat to dry overnight.
The next day, go back and add some finishing touches. Add more layers to create texture. The layers are what make the piece so really take your time with this. Deepen the colors in certain areas. Once you have a print that you like, allow that to dry overnight as well.
Finally, use your gold leaf kit to add specks of gold across the canvas. I tried to use a mixture of big and small sections to add on to the variety of the print I’d already created. Once that’s finished you know the drill, let it dry.
All in all it was a very easy project, that also turned out to be a great way to relax. Sometimes we just need to let our creativity flow.