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Have you ever looked at a cool, framed painting on display and thought to yourself, “I could totally make that”? Don’t get us wrong–if you have some extra spending money, you should definitely support your local artists. But if the only wall art options in your budget are pre-fab pieces at an off-price retailer, you might want to flex your creative muscle and make a work of abstract art yourself to hang on the wall (and you don’t even need to frame it to make it look spectacular).
When it comes to abstract art, it really can be as easy as taking a paintbrush to canvas and going to town. But if you’d like a little more guidance, here are some easy-to-tackle techniques for creating your own masterpieces to display. After this, you’ll have two things to be proud of: Your incredible art skills and how much money you saved.
1. Brush-stroked black-and-white
The brush-stroked black-and-white look of this Dans le Lakehouse piece is easy to achieve and goes with so many decor schemes.
Style Me Pretty teaches you how to mix paint to create a gentle ombré gradient as seen on this piece.
3. Watercolor-style blues
Kristine of The Painted Hive made this watercolor-style painting by brushing, splashing and spraying paint around.
4. Animal-inspired watercolors
Here’s some animal-inspired art from Shannon Claire, who used watercolors to create these spotted paintings.
Kimberly of Swoonworthy shows us how to create a piece by layering lots of tiny, short brushstrokes.
It doesn’t get any easier than this: Brittany Makes used acrylic paint markers to literally scribble this black and white painting together.
Here’s a great technique to add some elegance to your art: Live Love DIY used gold leaf flakes as a material in this abstract piece.
Here’s more gold leaf art from Ashley at Lolly Jane. We love this piece’s texture. Ashley dropped globs of paint on the canvas and then spread them around with pieces of chipboard.
This canvas art piece by The Sassy Life utilizes embroidery to make a statement.
Speaking of geometric art, this diamond ripple piece from Classy Clutter is easy to recreate with plywood, painter’s tape and paint.
12. Constellation watercolor
How dreamy are these constellation watercolor paintings? Learn how to make your own at Style Me Pretty.
Jenniffer Rizzo used short brush strokes and layered paint to create this stunner with a gold accent down the middle.
Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann