Make your own Abstract Art on a Budget

Hi everyone, today I will be sharing a fun little project I did a few months ago.  We did our bathroom makeover and as we encountered a few mishaps, we ended up spending a little more than we anticipated, so I tried to save where I could and ended up creating this fun little abstract art for our bathroom.


I was after an art piece for the bathroom, but as always did not want to spend a fortune.  I had a couple of old canvases that I didn’t want to throw out.  They were not in a very good shape and also didn’t match any of our decor, so I decided to spruce them up a bit aka ‘totally transform them‘.

The first piece I did for the bathroom (blue one) and I loved it so much I ended up making another piece for our hallway.  I posted a photo on my Facebook page and also on Instagram and got so many comments and messages on asking me how I achieved the look.  The simple answer is – improvise AND GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY! Even though I love art, I am not an artist, I just love to experiment, try something new and hope it turns out nice…

So here goes..

First I cleaned and painted the canvas using some white emulsion to have a base.  I then mixed some Saltwash with blue paint and just slapped it on! So very different to when you are trying to paint a piece of furniture and don’t want any texture or brush strokes..  Doing this was the totally opposite.. the more texture the better.. I also used a bit of caulk to create more dramatic effect and some snow paste for a slightly different texture.

Then using my hands, a sponge and various paint brushed I went over with different coloured paints. The hardest part was the layering.. as you have to be patient, add colours, let them dry and occasionally wipe the excess off using a rag or newspaper (dab dab dab to create a unique effect).  I used chalk paint, sample pots, acrylics – anything I could find.

Once I was happy with the result, I added some silver leaf (on blue painting) and gold/copper leaf (on the green painting).

To finish it all off, I went over with clear varnish (as I was using  some chalk paint I wanted to bring out the colour a little bit more) , this also ensured the piece was sealed nicely!

And here is my green/brown piece I made for our hallway.

Which one is your favourite??

My efforts paid off as I also entered my green/gold piece in the The Royal Manx  Show and it came second!

7 thoughts on “Make your own Abstract Art on a Budget

  1. Thank you so much. I’ll “just go for it!” Like you I am not an artist but I sure do love to create and have always used reclaimed bits and pieces for my creations. It is so encouraging to hear of someone else who does this. Once I was asked if one of my art creations was an “original Jackson Pollock” All I could answer was, “I used up all the left over house paints from the past 20 years.” We had a great laugh. Sincerely, Grace Verrier

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