Small Project Saturday: Easy Abstract Art

Small Project Saturday: Easy Abstract Art

Jun 26, 2014
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How do you make a white wall happy? We love a good accent wall, but what if you aren't allowed to paint your rental, or if you simply can't choose just one color? Here's a paint project for the white-walled color lovers among us, a project so easy that it's hard to believe the sophisticated result.

Glidden paint worked beautifully on the canvas. After all, artists like Pollock and Picasso used house paint in their art – why shouldn't we?

How To Make Easy Abstract Art

You'll Need:
Picture wire and wall hooks
Four blank canvases (Maxwell got stretched and primed canvases from the local art supply store)
Four Glidden paint colors (Maxwell used Sexy Pink, Lime Sorbet, Red Grapefruit and Sunbeam)
Mini paint rollers and covers (Maxwell used mini foam rollers, which were small enough to paint around the edges)
Paint trays and mixers

Maxwell's Tip: Attach picture wire to the back of your canvases before you start painting.

Step 1: Set up your workspace with a dropcloth or newspaper to protect your floors.

Step 2: Stir and pour your first color into a tray. Maxwell used Glidden® Premium paint.

Step 3: Load up a mini-roller with paint, rolling off excess on the paint tray.

Step 4: Get rolling! Maxwell started with the edges of his canvas. For even coverage, roll in continuous "W" shapes across the canvas. This is good practice for your wall painting technique!

Step 5: Let dry according to the instructions on your paint can. Maxwell's took about 30 minutes, but he gave it an extra 30 to be safe.

Step 6: Hang, step back, admire, put on a beret – you're an artist now!

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