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DIY Abstract Art

Monday, February 20, 2012

One of my favorite ways to round out a traditional room is through modern art.  Because original art doesn't always fit into the Cottage & Vine budget, I attempted to paint an abstract myself.  Artists, please avert your eyes.  This in no way compares to your talented hand and eye, but it does make me happy to see a splash of pretty color where I needed it most.

 To get started, I picked up a 20 x 24" canvas from Micheal's for around $10 with a coupon.  We have a stockpile of acrylic craft paints in random colors.  My goal was to bring colors in from the floral bed pillow. 

This is not a very scientific or even artistic approach, but I began randomly painting colors on the canvas, layering, and blending as I went.

Here is the final result.  It reminds Mom and me of a bed of peonies.  You might have to really squint or stand on your head ;) to see it too.
The chest of drawers was given to me when I was a little girl.  The four post bed is one of two beds that Dad made.  Both are very traditional, but with the right accessories and art it all balances out nicely.

26 comments:

  1. Nice job Renee, don't underestimate your artistic flair!

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  2. I love it!!
    Just perfect for your room:)

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  3. Fun! The colors are perfect and the splash of modern/abstract lends a little yin to the yang of the room. You have the touch Rene!
    Cathy

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  4. it looks fabulous- the punchy colors are great in that room!

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  5. Beautiful! I'm on the lookout for a huge garage-sale canvas for my kids to create on. Yours is so perfect in the room.

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  6. It's beautiful! I love the way that DIYed art can be absolutely perfect for a given room. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. This is inspiring work. I love that you have created artwork from a variety of random colors that you already owned - a true artist!

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  8. I have been so tempted to try this. . .you are pushing me into it. Looks amazing.

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  9. I am not into modern, but I really love what you did, especially the colors you chose, and the styling just made it all sing!!

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  10. Look at you! You are quite the artist! I love it, Rene! It's fun and the colors are perfect for your room. Good for you for creating your own artwork. I also love that you have sentimental pieces in your room....so special. Happy Monday to you.

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  11. love it. You have inspired me to try the same thing. I desperately need a piece of art above a mirrored chest and I am feeling a bit light in the pocket for what I really want so this is the perfect temporary solution. Thanks for the inspiration. :D
    pam

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  12. Pretty! I didn't even have to stand on my head to see the peonies!!! Love how it ties into your pretty new pillow and your navy panels look fabulous too.

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  13. Rene.....you are so brave! It looks great in the room, and that is what is so wonderful about abstract art!!! You can't mess it up.....I am amazed at what a great punch it added to the room.......!!!

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  14. My favorite look, too, abstract art mixed with traditional furnishings! It's the perfect pop of color!

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  15. Beautiful Rene! I do not have a trained eye, but I think you should not underestimate your artistic abilities when it comes to abstract painting. It's perfect and adds so much to your room.
    annie

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  16. I totally agree that adding modern art to a traditional space is good design. Your own art works so nicely.

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  17. I think it's awesome! And the vignette you've set up around it is really beautiful.

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  18. Great job! I like the colors you used! Perfect punch for that wall!!

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  19. I think it turned out great! It's a perfect spot for a splash of color and a modern touch. Well done! Etsy- here you come! :) I wouldn't mind one of these!

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  20. Rene, great job - love the colors!! I admire the fact that you aren't afraid to try new things!

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  21. Great job! I love DIY abstract art- what a great budget way to decorate.

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  22. Rene, it is absolutely awesome! I really love the colors and composition. Can you make me one?! :-)

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  23. How pretty! You really couldn't go wrong if you combined colors you like-at least that's the answer I hope you'd give.

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  24. I'm not always a fan of DIY art projects, but yours is just my style. I think it turned out great!

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