Up until just about a month ago, almost this entire gallery wall was full of frames. Only frames. Since I was planning this gallery wall around frames I already had, it was much easier to throw them up on the wall and leave them blank until I found (or made) the perfect piece of art to fit the frame. I knew I wanted the centerpiece of the gallery wall to be modern, abstract and navy. But that’s all I knew. So it was just a white canvas on the wall for several months.
But then I got the news that a Better Homes and Gardens Publication wanted to come shoot my home for a feature in a new magazine called … 100 Makeovers…? I think..? I know, I should know, and I asked several times but BHG has several of the “100 series” mags out there… From what I understand, this is a new one…? I dunno. It’ll be out in March, though. Anyway, when I sent in my “scouting shots” to the magazine editor, I sneakily omitted any photos showing all the empty frames and the empty white canvas. So when they called to schedule the shoot for early December, I was sharting myself. I had to get something up there fast.
And this was fast. I actually used an old canvas, formerly the hideousness of the Ombre Hombre, painted white using some leftover satin paint. After the white paint was dry, the actual “art” took less than 8 seconds.
I did lots of doodling to figure out the design I wanted. I knew I wanted the design to start and stop off of the canvas. I also knew that I wanted the design to keep your eye moving through the gallery wall. So, which ever way your eye takes you across the gallery wall, the paint swoosh on the canvas will keep your eye moving across the wall. Does that make sense?
I used a super cheapy brush from Home Depot, I think it was $1.99 and I used leftover navy paint from the campaign dresser I had painted a few weeks before that. The trick to having those delicious brush lines is in keeping the brush dry. Just do a quick dip of paint and if you get too much, just wipe some off on a paper towel.
Channel your inner Bob Ross and just swoosh and swirl it on there.
Check out this video to see just how easy this was.
I’m not sure if this even made it into the magazine pics or not, we’ll hafta wait until March to find out.
Need some abstract art in your life? Get to doodlin’, hun!