Sometimes I’m just itching to get stuck into a good project and to make something – rather than put it off until I have more time, I gallop on ahead, half the time I love what I end up with but the other half of the time I end up with duds…..and that’s ok, most of the real fun is in the creating and the crafting itself. making something that you actually like is an added bonus.
Take this painting for example – I love the look of abstract art and on the surface they seem so easy to do right? Just splash on some paint and blend and just keep going until you’re happy. Well for me that’s what I find so hard about abstract painting – knowing when you’re done.
I attempted my own abstract art recently; I grabbed fun bright colours and mixed them and blended them and then one I thought I was done I left the painting aside to dry, and I kept looking at it, wanting to love it….but I just didn’t. It was too bright, too busy, too harsh……just too much. So it sat "unfinished" for weeks and then in a burst of creative energy on Sunday I made this DIY stencilled canvas for my bedroom and suddenly I knew how to finish the abstract painting.
This was so easy that it doesn't even warrant a tutorial really. Just take an unfinished painting that you were tempted to throw out, grab a paint brush, painters tape and some white paint.
Cover the painting in as little or as much painters tape as you like. Originally I was planning on doing either straight or diagonal lines of tape but I changed my mind at the last moment and just layered the tape in all directions, in different shapes and different sizes.
Cover with a layer of white paint – enough to ensure you can’t see the design through the white. Make sure to press all the tape down firmly before you paint to prevent the white from bleeding under the tape.
And then you have a new abstract painting.
There it is finally – my finished abstract painting – and this time I do love it. It actually made it onto the wall in the hall (if you can really call the tiny walkway between the living room and kitchen the hall!)
What about you? Are you feeling creative lately?