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Monday, January 16, 2017

Abstract Gold Painting DIY

All our snow and ice and being stuck inside gave me some time to finally work on an art piece I've wanted to make for a while. I have several blank canvases that I've stocked up on, but had yet to commit to actually putting paint on any of them! Then I got about halfway through my painting and took it to Instagram to ask my friends there what they thought it still needed. Some people suggested black or another color like teal. Some liked the idea of splattered paint or glitter. I love the combo I ended up with!




So the theme of this post isn't going to be an exact step-by-step of how you could make a painted canvas just like this one. But I'm hoping it will give you some ideas on how you can make your own fun artwork for any wall in your house.


Supplies:
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Paint, gold and black
Heidi Swap Metallic Gold Texture Paste and scraper
Plastic stencil
Mod Podge or other glue
Pink glitter
Acrylic spray
White canvas

Steps:
Start by adding some patches of texture to the canvas. Tape down the stencil and squeeze a line of texture paste on the scraper, then drag it across the stencil, leaving it pretty thick, but fairly smooth. Lift up the stencil to reveal the pattern. This texture cream should dry before moving on to painting.


Now paint random sections and lines with paint. I used a couple of different colors of gold paint. One thing you should know about gold paint is that it's usually pretty sheer. So you may want to paint a couple of coats in some sections to get a really good gold look.


Add in more paint as you wish, leaving as much or as little white canvas showing. Don't be afraid to paint over some of the texture as well.

Next add the paint splatters. I laid out a painting drop cloth and did a couple of "practice splatters" on a piece of poster board. I just put a line of black paint on the end of a thick paintbrush and then flicked it down toward the painting. If you like smaller splatters you could try using a small brush or toothbrush. 


When all the paint is dry, paint some small sections with a thick layer of Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter. Let the glue dry, tap off the extra glitter (onto a big piece of paper or something if you want to save the extra) and spray the whole piece with acrylic to seal the glitter on. 


Be sure to do this step outside and then leave it outside or in the garage for at least 24 hours to finish drying and lose the smell.


And that's it! What's great is that you can of course customize it to whatever colors you want, so I hope you'll make one and then show me the result!

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