DIY Large Abstract Art (via Chic Now)

Although my new space isn't quite ready to share, I thought I'd give you guys a little DIY today. Long story short, there are walls in my apartment that are begging for some large-scale art/prints. Problem is, I either haven't found anything I love or I have & it's been ridiculously expensive and not quite worth it.

I got so frustrated this weekend that I hopped in my car and drove straight to Michaels. And made my own damn art.

So, in case you want to follow my lead, here's how. You need:

1 large canvas (mine is 48x36 and was 1/2 off at Michaels!)


Acrylic paint of your choice


Cardboard (optional)

DIY Supplies (via Chic Now)

I did a little googling before I began so I knew that I wanted to pick up this stuff called gesso, which basically adds some rad texture to your art and covers up the canvas-y texture underneath.

DIY Abstract Art (via Chic Now)

I painted the gesso over the canvas using cardboard instead of a paintbrush to give it a cool effect, then I let it dry overnight. The result, above, was a random, rake-like brush effect.

After some Pinterest-surfing (aka 80% of my life), I decided how I generally wanted to lay out my strokes. Then I just grabbed my black paint and went for it.

DIY Abstract Art (via Chic Now)

I'm really happy with the results. I ended up with the perfect sized piece to go in my living room. Can't wait to unveil the entire apartment soon!

DIY Large Black & White Abstract Art (via Chic Now)
DIY Abstract Art (via Chic Now)

About that frame...

Why not just DIY that too, right? That's what I thought. So I bought four 1/2" pieces of wood at Home Depot, had them cut to fit (2 x 49", 2 x 36"), and spray painted them gold. From there, I just used corner braces (not pictured) to assemble the frame, and the painting fit right into it. I pretty much followed this tutorial step-by-step.

DIY Canvas Frame Supplies (via Chic Now)
DIY Abstract Art (via Chic Now)
DIY Abstract Art & Canvas Frame (via Chic Now)

Have you ever DIY'd your own art? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me a photo @maevestier!

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