I have been so excited to share this painting with you all! I made it for someone very near and dear to my heart and I know you all will love it too! Making abstract art is one of my favorite things to do… on the weekend, when you get a minute here or there, daydream about it, the list goes on and on why I love making abstract art. You should give it a try too. DIY abstract art is fool proof. That’s why it’s called ABSTRACT (hint. hint…). Let your mind and the paint take you on a journey. It might not look like mine but that’s the beauty, it doesn’t have to. In this DIY abstract art project the element I feel really “makes it” is newspaper. Yep… that’s right. Newspaper. Want to see where and how… keep reading 😉
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Newspaper 🙂
- A variety of paint brushes
- Acrylic paint (white, black *to make the gray *, blue, aqua, teal)
- Painter’s tape
- Craft sponge
- Water (in a spray bottle)
- Palette knife
Here we go:
- To start your DIY abstract art piece, cut your paper to the dimensions you’d like. You can also make this painting on a canvas! Either works… it’s up to you.
- Mix up your gray paint and sloppily paint it on the top half of your paper. Add a little more white in some places and add a little more black in others. Make sure to vary the way you place your brush strokes (make some diagonal, some swirled, some straight… you get the point).
- While working with your gray half, get your brush nice and wet with water and let it drip wherever.
- Now it’s time to get the glue! Place glue along the line between the gray half and the white half of the painting.
- Get your craft sponge and dip it in some water to just get it damp. Blot the sponge along the glue lines you just made to work the glue into the paper.
- Now it’s time for the fun part (at Painting Paige we’re all about an element of fun, right?). Take your newspaper and rip them into little rectangles that have jagged edges. Make some pieces thick and some thin *remember this is abstract art so they don’t need to be perfect*. Place these pieces horizontally across the glue line.
- Use your damp sponge and some leftover glue to dab over the top of the newspaper you just put down so the edges don’t roll up or peel off.
- Take your blue, teal, and aqua acrylic paint and place some globs of each on the bottom half of the paper. I randomly place these because you will blend them out in the next step.
- With a medium sized paint brush and simply swipe it horizontally across the “paint blobs.” Only make horizontal marks on this portion of the painting.
- Dip your brush in water or more paint if you have bare spots to fill in.
- Take your palette knife and while the paint is still wet, make little scrapes along where the blue paint meets the newspaper. Again this is a DIY abstract art piece so have fun with it and try to stay away from getting too precise.
- Set your painting on a flat surface and get your spray bottle of water. Spray the blue portion of the painting only with water. Be sure go generously get the blue paint wet. Try not to hold the spray bottle too close to the painting or spray it too forceful, or you will spray off the paint you just put on.
- Now, you’ll want to lift up the bottom edge of your painting. Tip it so the blue paint runs down onto the gray paint. Let the blue paint drip down until you’re happy with it. Then, set the painting back down and let it fully dry before the next step.
- Load your palette knife up with gray paint and make small marks along the blue line that meets the newspaper. This is just to add depth, it doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect. Just dab some gray paint to add interest wherever you feel like.
- We’re almost there, this is what it should be looking like:
- Find a skinny brush and load it up with some black paint. You want to make a few horizontal lines above the newspaper line and below the newspaper line. Again, there aren’t any rules of where to place the lines, just randomly make a couple of black marks.
- Sign it 🙂 wherever you would like.
There you have it! What does it look like to you? DIY Abstract art is whatever you want it to be, and different people will see different things. What do you see?
For another abstract Painting Paige tutorial visit my DIY Abstract Dot Painting. Have fun with it and let me know how it goes!