Britney Dearest: Easy DIY Abstract Painting

/ Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Easy DIY Abstract Painting

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Hello Beauties!

I have been putting more effort and attention towards decorating my home and I have been pinning like crazy! I decided that I would keep pinning, but also start doing. I am determined to beautify my home, wall by wall, from wall decor to furniture pieces against the wall, and in the words of Jay Z, "I'm focused man!" I helped my husband finish 1 out of 3 rooms in our basement (pics coming soon!). I have been doing a lot of DIY projects for myself as well as others. I purchased a cute little buffet cabinet a couple weeks ago and am currently working on refinishing that. I have 2 console tables that need work. Here I go rambling. Let me just get into the details of the topic.

About a month ago, after seeing some gorgeous abstract art DIYs on Pinterest, I took matters into my own hands and put my own artistic vision onto a canvas. Okay honestly, the last half of that sentence sounded really good, didn't it? I thought I worded that like a true artist lol. The truth is, I had a specific color scheme I wanted, I didn't know what in the world I was doing.

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I didn't take any photos during the process because I was so nervous that it wouldn't turn out good, but I'll list the tutorials I relied on and try my best to simply explain what I did. I'm horrible at giving extra detailed instructions so I apologize in advance!


  • A canvas. I bought 2- 16"x20" for $8 at Hobby Lobby. They're the same price after taxes at Walmart.
  • 4 different sized paint brushes (all flat). The sizes depend on how wide you want your stripes and if you want them all to be even or not.
  • Gold or silver metallic spray paint OR gold leaf foil.
  • You can use whatever colors you want. I used navy, gold, pearl white, off-white, blue, black, and brown acrylic paint (purchased at Walmart for less than $1 each!). I actually did not have brown or ivory so I had to mix tan, burgundy, and black to make brown. I mixed tan and white to make an ivory, cream color.
  • A cup of water to clean your brushes.
  • Easel (optional). I created a makeshift easel.

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My process:
1. I didn't have any gold leaf foil so I used the gold spray paint and gold acrylic paint I had on hand. I spray painted my entire canvas gold.

2. I followed the tutorial from the video below, however, I left the gold visible horizontally in the center of the canvas. I mixed paints to get desired colors.

3. I added the ivory, off-white and mixed it with the other colors. I lightly painted over colors. I also used water to add a light, watercolor look on certain parts. I didn't have a specific way of doing it, I just wanted to lighten it up and add different warm tones. I tweaked it to my liking.

4. I made extra random gold spots above and below the horizontal gold line with the gold acrylic paint, trying to mimic an ikat fabric pattern.

5. I traced around a few gold spots with the black paint, again, mimicking an ikat pattern. I make quick strokes up & down, very closely together, to avoid smooth lines. On a couple, I kept the outline light and I didn't go around the entire gold spot.

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I was inspired by the following pins and video helped me tremendously (source below each):

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Hi! I'm Britney. I'm a wife and a mother to 3 children + 1 fur baby. Britney Dearest is a family lifestyle blog where I share my personal experiences as a wife, mother, homeowner, and creative to provide a virtual space where moms can find encouraging tips and inspiring resources for family, home, and mom life. Read more

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