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DIY Abstract Canvas

January 15, 2019

Filling big walls is such a daunting task. You feel helpless. You don’t know what to hang. And all you see is dollar sign raining down. Nobody wants any of that. Filling your home should be an investment when it comes to some items, but sometimes, you need budget friendly, knowing this is not a twenty year home placement.

I’ll have to get to my view on home and investments within them, but for now, how do we fill that darn wall without costing months of paychecks? First, that’s why the KM Print Shop is going to be at your service. For my home, this large wall I had to fill, shares a visual presence with my entry nook that hold many of photos, so framed images was off limits.

I’ll start with, I am NOT a painting artist. Painting practically gives me anxiety just looking at a blank canvas. And if I’m super honest, getting to this points took three goes at it. Yes, I painted and then covered it all up with white paint, painted again, covered it all up with white paint and then painted AGAIN. Not looking for perfection or pros over here.

The thing to know about painting a canvas is that you can always start again if you hate it. I hate it twice. Join the club and take the pressure off yourself. It’s just paint and it’s all easily corrected.

I got four canvases that could create one large piece of art for my living room wall on a big sale. (I don’t pay full price for much…) Then scooped paints that fit the profile of my home and the all important rubber roller. That’s it kids. That’s all it takes.

Wide Acrylic Paint Brushes
Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Brush Set
Rubber Roller
Wide Acrylic Paint Brushes
Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Brush Set
Rubber Roller
Wide Acrylic Paint Brushes
Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Brush Set
Rubber Roller

I actually think the redo’s added character to my canvas art. It added layer and things that were very much accidental, but make it a piece I love.

For the actual process it’s all trial and error. Sorry to all of my specific direction friends, there is no recipe for perfection here. The best ‘direction’ I can give is this:
1. Select a number of colors that fit the pallet of your home. Be sure to include white and black in the mix to lighten or darken the colors you have to add a mix to it.
2. If you have multiple canvas’ that you plan to have a connected look, find a large space where you can lay them all out together.
3. Select a starting color and rollin both horizontal and vertical motions. With using linear rather than circular motions I almost envisioned a sky line with the horizontal line representing the horizon line and all movement below the horizon line representing reflection on a body of water. This is what allowed me to visualize strokes as I was going.
4. Do one color at a time. This allows you to see missing gaps. I went extremes, started with black and followed with white. This allowed me to fill in between with the colors. You can always go back and add more of a color you already used, but switching so often makes it tough visually but also tacks on time for cleaning the roller.
5. Be ok calling it quits. It’s easy to keep going. Just know when to stop.

That’s all the guidance I can offer! This time-lapse video can help fill in the gaps of the process. Try your own piece of abstract art! It will make a statement and be something you a proud to see in your home every day! I’d love to see any that you create.

Xo, km

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