Thursday, 28 July 2016

Home Decor - Abstract painting

It was a cold, bleak morning in Brissie yesterday.  Brrrrrrr! 
I love winter so I'm not complaining.
As short as they are, our winters are often up and down 
when it comes to temperatures. 
Never constant like the winter I remember in Wyoming.
Our winter mornings and evenings are cold (for us
but our winter days can actually get quite warm, even hot.  
Last week, we had a few summer-like days 
in what is usually our coldest part of the year. 
It seems that our winters like to toy with us. 

Moving on... 

As you may have seen in a recent post
I changed the colour scheme in my bedroom 
from blues/greens/whites to blacks/greys/whites. 
As the ensuite is connected to my bedroom 
I changed it over to match the new colours. 

I needed a painting for above the toilet so 
a quick abstract was in order to tie bedroom and ensuite together. 
I realise abstract art isn't everyone's cup of tea but I quite like it. 
This is probably more decorative than true abstract anyways.

I painted over an older painting with black acrylic paint,
then the fun began. 

The initial stage 


The end result 

I had to force myself to stop because it was quite addictive.
I will share a secret on how to get those crazy, squiggly lines.  

ACRYLIC HOUSEHOLD PAINT!

HEADS UP - Artists acrylic paints won't cut it
because they contain more acrylic resins than regular household paint.

I bought a couple of affordable sample pots in grey and white 

To get the desired effect, 
I simply dipped a wooden skewer into the colour pot, 
then working quickly, 
before the paint dropped from the skewer, 
I just flicked it back and forth over the canvas. 
I made some circular movements too 
just going with the flow.
The elasticity of the latex paint holds the paint together 
like a very thick syrup. 
You can get some nice, swirly effects with it. 
I did three layers all up - dark to light 
using grey, light grey, and white. 
I allowed each layer to dry thoroughly 
before going onto the next.


the finished piece hanging in the ensuite 


now everything matches the new decor colours


I LOVE IT!!!

12 comments:

  1. looks great and your blog almost matches the rooms too :)

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    1. Thanks, Jen. Yes, I seem to be really into blacks, greys, and whites of late. :)

      I just came back here from leaving a comment on your blog to find you had just left a comment on my blog. We must have been commenting on each other's blogs at the same time. hehe

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    2. lol yeah we must have been, just missed each other lol

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  2. Great post, Mum! It has been pretty cold here, I like Winter too, so that doesn't worry me. I remember the Wyoming winter well. Our winters are strange by comparison, definitely not as constant. I really like your abstract painting, it does go with your colours nicely. It would have been fun to do.

    Love,
    Brad xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Bradley. It was fun to do and quick. :)

      Love,
      Mum xo

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  3. House paint! Cool! I love the new painting.
    Glad you are finally feeling better, my friend. :)
    Have a fabulous weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Rita. Glad you like it.

      I hope you have a lovely weekend too. xo

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  4. Lovely painting! I cannot help but be reminded of Jackson Pollock. . . and the one time i got to visit New York and see his larger drip paintings in person. Of course, I knew them well from magazines and books. . . but the first time I stood in front of one, actually saw it in person. . . I cannot explain the difference. It was then and there I realized you really need to see all forms of art in person to appreciate their visual depth. Even paintings are flattened by the best visual/printed image. Pollocks painting came to life for me that day. . . it was larger than life. . . and the experience left me awestruck. What I love about your painting is it has wonderful motion and life to it, which is not an easy thing to accomplish, but you've cracked it. . . albeit in simpler color choices. :) lol

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    1. Thank you, Nicolas...I'll take that as a huge compliment. :) Yes, I agree, art always does look better in person.

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  5. How cool is that! Absolutely stunning effect. Love love love it.

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    1. Thanks, Shashi! It was a fun piece to do. :)

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  6. This is amazingly beautiful, Serena! Who would have guessed??? Thanks for telling your secrets! I can see how it would become addictive! Very cool!!!

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