Since we painted the walls white, I’ve been keeping my eye out for small pops of color to infuse into the space.
After reading Nester’s post, I decided it was time to stop looking (and balking over spending $250), and make my own art.
I got a giant canvas for $13.50 (half off from Hobby Lobby), and pulled out some chalk and acrylic paints.
Next, you might want to have a piece of birthday cake while you surf for inspiration.
Especially if it’s your birthday & you’ve been eating organic and detoxing for 4 weeks.
Here’s the disclaimer: I’m no canvas artist. I like to think of myself as an artist, but not this kind. I have no illusions it’s this perfect creation, but I love the colors, the energy, and the way it makes me smile when I look into our living room.
I started with a layer of Provence chalk paint over the whole canvas, painting it on more opaque in some places & sheer in others.
Next, I dry brushed the entire canvas with Pure White chalk paint.
I think the trick for me (for the whole canvas) was varying the intensity in each layer.
I’ve got a thing for coral, so I picked a coral-red acrylic to be the pop in this piece.
As I worked with each color, I played with adding texture to some, and painting some on smoothly.
Then, by happy accident, I ran my finger across the still-tacky chalk paint, and realized it created this perfect texture.
I love happy accidents.
So that’s that. One DIY abstract canvas.
I like to think it’s still a work in progress…I’m sure I’ll look at it one day and need to change it, but for now it’s the perfect dose of happy in our neutral world.