Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY Paintings

I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but lately I've really enjoyed creating a few "art" pieces for my house. They are very simple, but I really enjoy the splash of color they bring to my spaces. 

The first is an ombre effect using stripes of varying colors. I started with a bottle of navy blue acrylic paint and a bottle of white. I just added a few drops of white to my paint as I went to make each stripe a bit lighter. This is a large size canvas, but could be done with any size. It is hanging over my sofa in my living room.

For the second painting, I needed something to fill up the empty space above my vintage bar cart. I've been inspired by all of the abstract chevrons found just about everywhere these days, and decided to mimic the look on a canvas. I used a sponge paintbrush and free handed the stripes. 

They looked a bit spotty at first, so I put several coats of paint on. 

I varyed the zigzags as I went down so it wouldn't be perfect chevron. I love how it turned out! 

The colors play perfectly off of the colors in peacock feathers.

Have you tried your hand at any DIY art lately? You really can't beat the bang for your buck!

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