Today I want to share a little DIY brushstroke art with you that I did right before we left for vacation.
I had been searching for a way to add some color to the corner by the couch where I had the framed catalog pages of my former art teacher. I just needed a change!
DIY brush stroke art
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I’ve had a huge crush on Made By Girl’s COCOA & HEARTS brushstroke paintings and while I hate taking someone’s idea, the cheapo within me won on this one. While I was in art school this was/is obviously a total no-no. And that still sits deep within me, but not deep enough, I guess. So sorry, please forgive me!?!?!? OK? Because I came up with my own DIY version for our living room.
- Lay your canvas on a protected surface.
- You can price and paint the canvas white but I opted not to do that. Using the plain white canvas works just fine.
- Determine what colors you want to use and squeeze a small amount of each color on a plastic food container or plate.
- Use a brush that is as wide as the brushstrokes you want. This probably also depends on what size of canvas you are using. Like I said above, I used 11×14-inch canvases. For that use a brush that is about 1.5 inches wide to get about 7 brushstrokes horizontally across the canvas.
- You can use a pencil to lightly sketch where the brushstrokes should go but I just eyeballed it. You definitely don’t want them to look exact. I left about 2-inches of blank space around the perimeter of the canvas.
- Now have some fun with it and if you mess up… No worries you can always let the canvas dry, paint over it with white, and start again.
Photos of finished brushstroke art
Check out the painted thrift store lamps too.
You can hang the paintings the other way too so the brushstrokes are vertical.
Also, check out my multi-colored Christmas tree. Isn’t it perfect with the brushstroke artwork?
I love this simple, cheap, and bright update. Don’t you? The colorful strokes seemed perfect to me.
Hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend too.
Check out my other abstract art tutorial.