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When I prepare my home for spring I often strip it of all the previous seasons decor. Pillows, curtains, wall art---all usually gets taken down and left down for a certain period of time.  This allows me to look at my home with a renewed sense of vision and creativity, not clouded by my previous decor.  So when I decided to take the large mirror down from over our sofa, I knew that I needed new wall decor to go above my sofa.  That mirror had been in the room for a very long time and I was desperately seeking change (not to mention I literally had three wall mirrors visibly hanging essentially in the same space seeing we have an open floorplan . . . I have wall decor commitment issues, and mirrors tend to be my go-to).

So I took a trip to Ikea and bought some large matted Gunnabo frames in black;  they were about $20 each.  These frames are huge and have a very sleek and modern design.
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I looked around for some type of abstract poster to frame, but couldn't find anything I loved.  I decided I would create my own art using white poster board from Dollar Tree.  I had no idea what I would paint but knew I wanted something very abstract . . . but where to begin??  I googled "Black and White Brush Stroke Art," and was inspired by this image via West Elm.
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I knew I wanted my art to have some sort of meaning.  I decided to try our last name, but in a way that if you didn't really "know" us, you would just think it was just abstract art, so let me show you what I did . . .
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S U P P L I E S
  • 2-IKEA Gunnabo frames
  • 2 White poster  boards
  • Craft  paint
  • Paint brush-I used a .99 chip brush

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P R O C E S S
  1. First I flipped over my poster boards, and removed the pricing label, this is the side I wanted to paint on--the non-shiny side.
  2. I then flipped the poster boards back over and taped them together using the same pricing labels to sort of create a diptych.
  3. Next I flipped the poster boards back to the matte side and prepared to paint.  
  4. Mix your paint until you get your desired color, I used black with a drop of white.  Keep your brush kinda of dry so that you get gradient shades of the paint within your brush strokes.
  5. Our last name has 5 letters, so I decided to just go with it and just painted the letters, overlapping and applying more pressure with the brush in some areas more than in others.  Once I was done, I took my brush and dipped it in a tiny bit of water and added some paint splashes just to add some interest . . . then I allowed it to dry flat for about an hour and a half. 
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    Nope, it's not fancy and honestly not even very artistic, but pretty much anything looks better in a frame . . .
     
  6. Once my painting was dry, I placed it in the frame securing it with the same pricing label (because, well . . . why not? :)
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 Whatever you do, remember that the "glass" in Ikea frames is usually made of some type of plastic or acrylic, I accidentally cracked mine putting it into my car :(  It's not too noticeable though.

Note to self:  Remember to remove the plastic protective cover from both sides of the "glass" before you secure the frame (grrrrrr . . .)


Once you secure your art, admire your creativity! 

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ooh la la, I like!

Have you ever created abstract art before?  Is this something you would try?  Be sure to check back tomorrow (3/15) as I've teamed up with 15 other talented bloggers to #SpringHomeLove, a Spring Home Tour blog hop---you won't want to miss it!


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3 comments

  1. As always I looooove your ideas it's so creative and this is so pretty . I think i might try before I get my new couch and table set up �� thank you for sharing

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  2. Hey Jelisa! Thank you so much for all of your sweet and encouraging comments! I appreciate it! Glad you are inspired ;

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  3. Wow! So unique and cute! I love everything you do. I really need to try this.

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