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diy abstract watercolor art

I wanted a big piece of abstract art for the living room, but had a hard time pulling the trigger on something when I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted.  I thought the best move would be to create something on my own and see if I could fill that need first.  I am really excited about how this super easy DIY turned out.  It took me very little time and turned out quite well considering I’m not an artist.

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Here are the easy and quick steps I took to make this beautiful DIY happen.

First things first, I don’t like buying plain canvases.  I typically buy something that already has a great frame on it from Home Goods for cheaper than I could buy a plain canvas, then I just paint over it.  This particular canvas I bought in 2007, painted over in 2012, and now I’m painting over it again.  It’s just the perfect size and has the perfect gold frame.

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I use gesso to paint over the old art.  Gesso is basically a primer for canvas. It is really nice and white and covers really well.  In this case, I wanted to use watercolors on the finished product, so I went over the gesso with a medium that makes the surface absorbent like watercolor paper.

After the absorbent medium dried, I soaked my painting area with water.

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After the area was soaked with water, I mixed some watercolor paint into a small cup of water to create very watery color.  I then dropped thick brushfulls of this watery paint onto the canvas and spread it around into watery globs.  I know this sounds crazy, but that’s exactly what I did.

I layered these globs on each other until I got a finished product that I really like!

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That is really it!  Seems to easy to be true, right?  Well, believe it.  It took me about 20 minutes after the initial primer and absorbent base dried.

I think the black and white with gold frame works really well in the living room so far.  I can’t wait until I can show more of the space as well!

What do you think?  Would you feel like giving some abstract watercolor a go?