One of my favorite things to do is paint, though it seems like I don’t do much of it these days! I usually am painting furniture or even placemats more than canvas but when I was in college I found myself painting everyday. There’s something so relaxing about grabbing a brush, creating the perfect color and then applying it onto a canvas. Back then my medium of choice was gouche, which is like an opaque watercolor, though I also loved painting with both oils and acrylics.
Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist or a painter, you can absolutely create beautfiul wall art for your home. Start with an inspiration piece, mine was the color palette in our pixel rug, to direct your color choices. Then grab some DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, which can now be found at JoAnn.com, and have some fun. Painting with a brush in one had and a good glass of wine in the other is also recommended ;)
The new DecoArt Media Fluid Media Acrylics paint like a dream. The are thin and feel much more like oil paints than acrylics. Though they dry quickly and clean up with soap and water just like regular crylics. The thin consistency makes them perfect for color mixing and blending right on the canvas.
Watch the video below to see how I created my abstract painting.
My favorite part of the painting process has always been the color mixing part (color theory was my favorite course in college after all) though I love getting a head start with some pre-mixed paints. The first layer of my painting was mostly Titan Buff and Titanium White.
Color Mixing Tips
- Navy blue: Prussian Blue + tiny bit of Carbon Black. Lighten with Titanium White / darken with Carboon Black / mute with Medium Grey Value 6
- Mustard yellow: Hansa Yellow Light + drop of Cadmium Orange Hue + little Medium Grey Value 6
- Rose pink: Primary Magenta + Cadmium Orange Hue + little Titan Buff + Medium Grey Value 6
What favorite item in your home will inspire you to create your own abstract art?