Thursday, August 8, 2013
DIY ABSTRACT ART
This project all started out with a tortoise shell...Nate's tortoise shell. It was one of my favorite things from his first line for Target, but I didn't snatch it up right away. I knew it would go on clearance eventually and was fine with waiting for the savings. In the mean time, my sister found one at a thrift store, new in the box! Although it wasn't the color I would have chosen, I fixed that up with a few coats of glossy white spray paint. I can't paint everything a bright color... :)
So, back to the abstract painting. I had this little corner next to my powder bath that needed some help. When we moved in 6 years ago I hung some iron pieces and hadn't touched it since.
They were so heavy and dark, and the time had come to switch them out. So, I knew exactly where I wanted the tortoise shell to go. However, he was a bit lonely there and I thought it would be a great spot to try a little DIY painting. Not in a spot where it would be front and center-I was well aware of my painting abilities-but where I could experiment.
The painting didn't turn out anything like what I had in mind. I guess I didn't start with much of a plan, I just painted. I don't LOVE it, but I don't hate it. I might repaint it someday, but it's ok for now. I didn't use anything special, just acrylic paint and regular craft brushes.
I had a partner in crime for this project...my daughter. We had a great time just experimenting with our art together.
Emily was inspired by Jesse's new art, so she chose her favorite colors and tried it herself. She worked on another canvas where she just totally went for it...very abstract indeed, and the cross was from an activity at a friend's birthday party. I grouped them all together and added them to a corner of her room.
My son Caleb decided he wanted in on the action...although I think it will take him quite a while to finish. I should have given him an 8x10 canvas, but it's probably around 16x20 and he chose to do a digital camo design. He's crazy about all things military right now.
First attempt at painting...check. We're ready for more painting fun in the future!