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It's easy to make your own abstract art using simple materials
Want some modern art on the cheap? Take a canvas from a charity shop and paint over it! Build up layers with regular household paint in colours that match your decor. The hardest thing is knowing when you've done enough and it's time to stop.

Posted by Julie from Sum of their Stories from Coventry, England, United Kingdom • Published See Julie from Sum of their Stories's 13 projects »
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  • How to create a piece of abstract or patterned art. Paint Your Own Simple Abstract Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take an old canvas, I picked this one up from a charity shop. Cover it with a layer of white emulsion (latex in the USA)

  • How to create a piece of abstract or patterned art. Paint Your Own Simple Abstract Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start painting a base layer. I had a little blue spray paint left over from another project so I used that, along with a little silver.
    Don't worry if it looks a little messy at this point.

  • How to create a piece of abstract or patterned art. Paint Your Own Simple Abstract Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add more paint, I found a fairly dry brush and lots of up and down stroke gave a nice effect. The a band of grey across the middle added interest.
    Just keep going adding more paint in colours you like/have.

  • How to create a piece of abstract or patterned art. Paint Your Own Simple Abstract Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Let it dry every now and again and take a step back to look at your art. Then add more where you think it needs it.
    In this photo you can really see the dry brush effect. You just use a little less paint on the brush.

  • How to create a piece of abstract or patterned art. Paint Your Own Simple Abstract Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here I was almost finished, the blocks of colour were just a little more vivid than I wanted so I went over the whole thing with more white.
    Now all you have to do is hang you art on display.

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