Black and White Abstract Art DIY

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.


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.

diy abstract art

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.

black and white abstract art painting with watercolor on canvas

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!

watercolor on canvas


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?

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