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.
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.
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 . . .
- 2-IKEA Gunnabo frames
- 2 White poster boards
- Craft paint
- Paint brush-I used a .99 chip brush
P R O C E S S
- 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.
- I then flipped the poster boards back over and taped them together using the same pricing labels to sort of create a diptych.
- Next I flipped the poster boards back to the matte side and prepared to paint.
- 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.
- 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.
Nope, it’s not fancy and honestly not even very artistic, but pretty much anything looks better in a frame . . .
- Once my painting was dry, I placed it in the frame securing it with the same pricing label (because, well . . . why not? 🙂
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!
|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!