we were in need of some artwork for above our couch in our new apartment. its a large wall, and we have a large couch, but we did not have the funds for a large art investment - so DIY seemed like the best option. we wanted something abstract and something simple, so we turned to jackson pollock for a bit of inspiration. the whole project cost less than $100 and could not have been easier. plus, painting like a crazy person for the afternoon was totally liberating, relaxing, and fun! if you're in need of a piece of art (any size!) for a space in your home, i would recommend you take a stab at this DIY project. here's how:
first check out a few original pieces (this one hangs in the moma in nyc). if you can't view them in person, google images works just fine :)
then, head to home depot. you'll need a few bottles of sample paints (the same that you use to paint a wall). the color options are seriously endless, and the sample size containers go for $2-$3 a pop, depending on the brand and finish. I bought 6 for a 3 x 4 foot canvas which was more than enough!
- a canvas (size can vary): $40 for a 3 x 4 foot cavas
- sample house paints (2+ colors depending on the size of your canvas and color preferences): $2 - $3 each
- a brush for each color $1 each
- a tarp to line your working surface $5
find a working space and set up! wear clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty (same goes for the space!).
get painting! i did about 2-3 layers of each color. there were two "strokes" i used to get the below look:
"the swat" - slap the brush down about 6 inches above the canvas, almost like you are swatting a fly or hammering a nail
"the dribble" or "the drip" - with a large amount of paint on the brush, simply move your hand in lines or circles above the canvas
honestly, whatever works! but these seemed to do the trick for me.
i do think that the painting needs one splat of a fun color - don't you? i'm thinking mint, pink, or coral? maybe one of each? what do you think? then it's done!
get painting friends!