Hi there & Happy February!! I hope you have had a great start into the new month! Over here it is quite cold, but of course nothing compared to what was and is going on up North. Still, it is and feels like winter around here, although we do have lovely sunny days. Which made me feel like changing up my mantel and bringing in some color as well. So today I thought, I share my DIY colorful abstract painting & fresh mantel decor with ya!
I did not buy anything for this, just used what I had and changed things around. Actually, that’s wrong. I did buy the watering can at Ikea last week, because I didn’t have a proper one, and basically flooded the place each time using my kettle. This one is perfect, because of it’s long slim spout. It makes watering those tiny succulent pots easy and keeps things clean.
Ok, but now to the DIY abstract painting first. It’s super easy to make and adds such a fun and fresh spring vibe to my mantel, don’t you think?
DIY Colorful Abstract Painting & Fresh Mantel Decor
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What you need:
wood panel [mine is actually a cabinet door I bought long time ago at the Ikea clearance section for 4 €, I’m sure you’d find something similar at a thrift store too.
plastic bowl with water
white chalk paint for background and brushes
Prepare your wood panel. Mine was actually a different painting before, you can see it here. I just painted over everything using white chalkpaint. You want to use little paint and brushing it on unevenly in short strokes. Chalk paint is great for this, because it dries quickly and you can add several layers of brushes. Mine had those layers already because I had used it before, but you could get different shades of white and add those if you don’t want an even background.
With your background ready, start getting your colors ready. I mixed some to get the tones I wanted, depending on your set of colors you can maybe skip this step and use the tones you have.
Start with one color and brush several spots on the panel. Then, dip your paint brush in water and brush over the spots again. It gives them a nice uneven look.
Repeat with all of your colors spread out more or less evenly, but not exactly. Wait for it to dry completely!
At last, dip a bigger brush into just a little bit of white chalk paint and give each pop of color little brushes, not covering them completely though. You still want those pops of color peeking through.
You can also find another tutorial on how to create whitewash abstract art over at my friend Jelica’s blog The Pretty Fix.
And when my abstract art was finished, I quickly re-decorated my mantel adding some plants to it and giving it a bit of an early spring vibe.
Pin it for later!!
Well, I hope you like today’s post and got inspired to go ahead and make your own abstract art painting! The fun thing is also, that the day you move on and want a new look, you can easily paint over the panel and make something new.