The beautiful warm days have inspired me to do some freshening up around the house. There is nothing like bright sunshine lighting up the walls to make me realize just how long it has been since the art has been updated. I was also going through photos for one of my classes and felt the need to change things up. I decided it was time to take a look at some of the art I have been pinning and magazine pictures I have torn out and actually create something new for our walls.
I recently saw a painting in DIY Magazine that really stuck with me. It was a colorful abstract of sound waves done by the fun lady behind Cuckoo4Design. I loved the idea of using colors that I liked to make my own version. I decided to use watercolor paper and paints, since I had both on hand and I haven’t had the opportunity to use them for awhile. The kids and I set up a painting station on the kitchen table, and I drew some light guidelines on my 22×30 paper while they happily painted their own masterpieces.
To start the painting, I used a ruler to draw lines both horizontally and vertically through the center. Then, I measured ¾ inch from the vertical line, and drew another vertical line. I marked every ¾ inch and drew vertical lines across the entire piece of paper. I made sure to make the lines lightly with pencil, since I was using watercolor paint. Some marks can be erased, but I like to make them light enough that I don’t have to worry about it.
After making my lines, I started around the center with my colors. In the center, where the sound wave is focused, I used full-strength color, or less water. As the line goes toward the edges, I gradually added water to make the color lighter. I also left some white squares to accent the colors and give it sort of a pixelated look. I randomly chose the order of the colors to give it a looser and non-repetitive feel.
Because watercolors tend to bleed into each other, I quickly learned to leave a space in between lines so the fresh paint had a chance to dry. Then, I went back and carefully filled in the spaces with a little less bleeding into each other. Blotting excess water and color with a paper towel also worked pretty well.
Painting this abstract watercolor took longer than anticipated, but I am pleased with the finished product. Using acrylic paints and a brush that is the width of your vertical lines would speed up the process considerably. The fun thing about creating your own art is that you can mix and match colors to work with your decor and create an absolutely unique piece.
I am still looking for a frame that will work with this large of a painting. Until then, it makes a great backdrop for some recently repotted plants!
Have you seen something that inspired you lately? Now is a good time to break out the paints and make your own wall art for spring.