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DIY Abstract Canvas Art

Let me start this post off by saying that in no way am I an artist or a painter, which is evident by the photos in this post. However, I do enjoy playing music and dancing around while I pretend to be. Who doesn’t?

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DIY Abstract Canvas Art

Five years ago I made my first attempt at DIY abstract canvas art, and today I am sharing it with you. It was the year I thought it would be fun {and affordable} to send some DIY art to my family for Christmas. Only I never painted before, and well luckily my family is nice and said they loved them. Suuuuuuuureee.

It’s funny how our taste in home decor and even art can change over time, and if I was to paint something today I am sure it would be quite different. Yet there is something about this canvas art that I love. It’s probably just the fact that I made it… plus the texture is awesome. I love texture!

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I can’t exactly remember what I did for texture but I think there was a failed attempt to add a fabric tree, which I tried to rip off and when it didn’t come off completely I just painted over it. Haha. I actually liked the added texture it gave the canvas and then I also tossed some sand {I think?} into some of the acrylic paint.

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I wanted to somewhat mimic another piece of art I had purchased for my birthday from Urban Home {I miss that store!}, and you can see part of it in the photo below.

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What’s funny is I wanted this canvas art so bad I bought it without realizing I didn’t have a way to get it home. Luckily Eric drove a convertible at the time so I just drove down the 101 with the top down and my large canvas sticking out of it, haha.  My friend Ryan thought it was the most hideous thing ever and couldn’t understand why on earth I would buy it, or go through all the trouble to get it home. I didn’t care though because I loved it. Luckily Eric generally has the same taste as me. Or doesn’t really care. In fact, he would be cool with having framed Falcon’s jerseys all over the house.

So anyway, I wanted to create some of my own DIY art on canvas using more blues and greens with a hint of yellow. I’m not a huge fan of the circles, but do like that they were made from washers I had picked up at a hardware store.

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What’s funny about this abstract art is I have been wanting to make a wooden frame for it for 5 years! Well, I am happy to announce that last week Eric and I used our Kreg Jig for the first time and built a frame with it, yay! We plan to build bigger projects over time, but felt this would be a good starting point. I am seriously in love with the Kreg Jig now and so is Eric 🙂

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a photo similar to this one last week:

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Since we just moved and are still in the process of putting things away I will have to show you the framed canvas art in a later post. It may have taken us 5 years to frame it, but it was worth it!

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DIY Abstract Canvas Art! Check out how to create DIY abstract art using canvas, acrylic paints, fabric, sand & washers. UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Abstract Canvas Art! Check out how to create DIY abstract art using canvas, acrylic paints, fabric, sand & washers. UpcycledTreasures.com

DIY Abstract Canvas Art! Check out how to create DIY abstract art using canvas, acrylic paints, fabric, sand & washers. UpcycledTreasures.com

Have you created DIY abstract canvas art for your home? If not you definitely should. Even if you don’t like the outcome it is sure to be a lot of fun and very freeing. Plus ya never know, you may just discover the artist inside that you didn’t know was there 🙂

Update: Here it is framed and up on our gallery wall:

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18 Comments
  • I know you say you aren’t an artist, but this is really cool! I love the different colors and texture.

    February 2, 2014 at 10:16 am
  • I really like it Katie! Pretty good for a first attempt. I miss Urban Home too 🙁 Can’t wait to see more projects with your new tool!

    February 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    • There isn’t one near San Diego? Booooooo. They really should offer online ordering.

      February 13, 2014 at 5:35 pm
  • Ooh so pretty! I love the colors! Looks like the work of an artist to me! 😀

    ~Abby =)

    February 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm
  • How fabulous! I love the textures and colors you came up with! Glad you were able to get it home… 🙂
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    February 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm
  • I have created DIY art but nothing nearly as complex as this. Haven’t even painted with acrylics, let alone added sand in the mix! Very cool, Katie!

    February 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm
    • I don’t know if I can call throwing paint and sand onto canvas complex but it makes me feel cool so I’ll take it, haha.

      February 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm
  • Oh, I love this painting. Everything about it is cool. I’d love to have something just like it in my house, but in purple. My mom is an artist and I have her paintings hanging all over my walls. I have made a few attempts and have 4 small pieces that I did myself hanging alongside hers. They pale in comparison, but it is so cool to say I made them.

    February 4, 2014 at 8:39 am
    • Wow, that is so neat that your mom is an artist and I love the idea of hanging your art next to hers! I’m terrible at painting real objects but enjoyed my attempt at abstract art. Thanks for stopping by!

      February 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm
  • Gorgeous job Katie! You should do more art and sell them, this is really amazing

    February 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm
    • Um, when we were moving from California to GA we had stuff listed on cl and some guy came over to buy a nightstand or something, saw the art and was like “I’ll give you $20 cash right now for that!”. Ummm… first off it wasn’t listed for sale and the canvas cost more than that, lol.

      It was flattering he wanted to buy it, just not the price he wanted to pay, haha.

      February 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm
  • Ashley
    Reply

    Don’t say you are not an artist!! I really like the texture you use.
    Just so you know, I do love my artwork from you.

    February 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm
    • Thanks Ashley! Those owls were kinda rough, but the idea was good and they were fun to make, ha.

      February 13, 2014 at 5:45 pm
  • Denise
    Reply

    Wow. I’m a bit of an abstract art addict and I’ve spent hours looking at pieces. Yours is really good. I’d buy it. Don’t sell yourself short! I think you ARE an artist.

    August 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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