DIY Layered Abstract Wall Art

October 7, 2015Sarah Khandjian

Create your own abstract wall art with this easy to follow tutorial using DecoArt Media. (Click through to see the process video!)

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, and have some fun. Painting with a brush in one had and a good glass of wine in the other is also recommended ;)

Create your own abstract wall art with this easy to follow tutorial using DecoArt Media. (Click through to see the process video!)

Supplies: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics / primed canvas / paint brush / palette
Time: 1 hour + drying time

Create your own abstract wall art with this easy to follow tutorial using DecoArt Media. (Click through to see the process video!)

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.

Create your own abstract wall art with this easy to follow tutorial using DecoArt mixed media paints. (Click through to see the process video!)

Color Mixing Tips

  1. Navy blue: Prussian Blue + tiny bit of Carbon Black. Lighten with Titanium White / darken with Carboon Black / mute with Medium Grey Value 6
  2. Mustard yellow: Hansa Yellow Light + drop of Cadmium Orange Hue + little Medium Grey Value 6
  3. 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?



  • Rachel | The Crafted Life

    October 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! And I feel like I could actually paint it myself :)

  • Laurel (@abubblylife)

    October 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

    ohmygosh this is sooo gorgeous! I think even I could do it? Love, love, love it!

  • Breanna

    October 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    This is seriously gorgeous!

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    October 7, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Sarah this is gorgeous!

  • Amy W

    October 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I love this style of painting! And your painting tips are great, too.

  • Alexis

    October 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Just beautiful! I love it!

  • Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

    October 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Oh my, Sarah! I just love this! You always have the best color palettes and this one is no exception! I don’t know much about mixing paints but these look easy to use and I love your tips!

  • Jess | Make and Do Crew

    November 19, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    I love how you use video! Simple and inspiring.

    1. Sarah

      November 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Thanks so much, Jess!

  • Aly

    November 28, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    This is gorgeous! Of the colors you used, how many were the actual paint colors and how many did you mix? How many would you suggest we get to replicate what you did? This would be an amazing Christmas present! Thank you :)

    1. Sarah

      November 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thanks, Aly! I mixed all except the creamy white color (Titan Buff). If you check out the bottom of the post, I share details on mixing all the colors and you can watch the video to see how to replicate it.

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  • Carmia

    June 12, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I love the final piece, Sarah! The colours are wonderful. I have two questions: do you wait for the paint to dry before applying a new colour on top of it? And do you clean your brush every time you use a new colour, or do you use a different brush for each colour? Thanks! :)

    1. Sarah

      June 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Thanks so much! Yes, I waited for the paint to dry before adding a new color and I washed my brush each time. Happy painting!

      1. Carmia

        June 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

        Thanks so much for your reply! :)

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