I have been looking for an abstract painting for my living room for many months without success. Not that I haven’t found oodles of gorgeous art on Etsy but either the size, colors, or price weren’t quite what I had in mind.

Inspired by my sister’s recent paintings, shown on her blog Elasticpantcity, I decided to try my hand at doing my own artwork. I don’t have my sister’s artistic abilities but my goal was fairly simple: to provide a wash of blues and greens coordinating with the color scheme in my living room and adhering to the relaxed vibe I have worked on creating.

Works of art like the beautiful images below, found on Etsy, were my inspiration for this project.

by The Attic Theory
by The Attic Theory. This Etsy shop is a must see, this artist is crazy talented.
by Raw Art Gallery
by Raw Art Gallery
by Michelle G Art
by Michelle G Art
by Ju Ju Ru
by Ju Ju Ru

For my own piece of art I picked up a large canvas from my local Michaels Craft Store, some cheapo paint brushes, and a few tubes of acrylic paint. Half the fun of this project was mixing colors. To get the variety of colors viewed in my painting below I only needed white, black, yellow, and blue. I created varying shades of greens and blues by mixing these basic colors. I wanted all the colors to blend into one another so I didn’t bother to wash my paint brush between colors.



This colorful piece of work only took half an hour or so to whip up and since I had decided to go with it and not “try” too hard to make things perfect, I had a fun time. Literally no talent or experience is required to add a splash of color to your space in this way. It might not be a masterpiece like the beauties from Etsy but give it a go, you might be surprised by how much you enjoy the results as well as the process.

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