Art is a Healing Force: DIY Abstract Painting
The world is hurting so much right now. There is too much to say and none of the right words.
I really believe that art has the ability to change the world. Actually there is science to prove that art heals us. So when I don’t know what to say or how to process something, I paint. I wanted to share a really easy DIY abstract painting project with you in hopes that it might help you heal, too.
Here is the list of things you need: (Click to purchase)
- Cups or glasses to mix paint
- 3 or more acrylic paintbrushes
- Acrylic paint
- Gloss varnish medium
- Drop cloth
- Palette knife
First, get it out of your head that your painting should look like mine. None of these will look the same and that’s the coolest thing about this project. I invite you to find a little time, turn on some good tunes, and let’s paint.
- Prepare: Lay out a drop cloth for your canvas and paint to sit on. This is going to be a little messy.
- Mix your paint: You need a cup for each color that you want. You will need roughly 2-3 tablespoons of paint straight from the bottle. Keep in mind that white makes your colors lighter and grey makes them more neutral. Take a few minutes to mix your color in the cup exactly how you want it. It will end up painting a little darker than it looks in the cup. Then pour about 1/3 of a cup of Liquitex gloss medium and about 1tbs of water.
- Pour: Start to pour out your colors in whatever pattern you want. Remember that these colors are going to mix and drip off your canvas so you don’t have to cover the whole thing. The colors also don’t need to touch at first (it’s okay if they do because they will eventually). Get paint as close to the top of the painting as you can.
- Drip: Once you have all the paint you want on your canvas slowly hold it up so that the paint can drip down the canvas and watch the magic happen. Told the canvas from side to side and watch the paint change. Do this slowly and stop when you are liking the way that it looks. Tip: Let the paint drip onto your drop cloth away from where you will lay the actual canvas back down. When the canvas is covered in paint lay it back down.
- Touch up: Take your palette knife and VERY gently move the paint in areas where the canvas is not covered (usually there is still some naked canvas as the very top). You can also drip more paint from your cup if there are areas you want to change or need more or less of a color.
- Dry: Your painting will take 1-2 days to dry completely. As the paint sits and settles it will look different than how it did when you first laid it down. That’s part of the surprise 🙂
The end! Enjoy, 🙂