So I needed to find a nice piece of abstract art to go on the mantel above the new fireplace. I knew it was a treasure hunt that might take me a long time since it needed to be the right size, the right colors, and the right price. A very tough combo! This week I found a painting at Home decorators that was the right size and the right price (on clearance for $35) but the only colors in the painting were white, black, and grey. Because of the great price I decided to bring it home anyway and see if just maybe it would be ok.
Once I put it up on the mantel my husband and I agreed it didn't work because it needed a bit more color. Well I took a risk and thought maybe I would try adding color to it myself with some paint! I was a little nervous since I have never attempted anything like this before (and I'm not an artist) but I quickly saw that this was actually very easy. Some great things I had going for me - I wasn't starting from scratch with a blank canvas (intimidating!). It already was a nice piece of art that I only had to add very little to. The other great thing was that this painting was not canvas - the painting was on wood and had a high gloss shiny protective coating so any paint I added could easily be wiped back off with a wet paper towel if I didn't like it. Any paint I did like stuck just fine on this surface and stayed in place - my kids can't reach this high so there is no danger of the paint I added coming off. The last thing going for me - it doesn't have to look like anything since it is abstract! I basically just played around with some different paint, wiping on and off again, using different directions and brushes and really doing whatever I wanted until I felt like I was done.
I was so happy to find that you don't have to be an artist to create a unique and custom piece of abstract art. BELIEVE ME - if I can do this ANYONE can. I love that this way I could make it have the exact colors I wanted - and it was very cheap since I already had those paint colors in leftover paint cans!
I have a couple other spots in my house that need some big artwork and I am definitely willing to try this technique again if I need to!