DIY Brush Stroke Art

My last post I alluded to how I got involved with a crazy,  involved and complicated project of creating my own DIY brush stroke art.   It was really grueling but I stuck with it and managed to produce rather fine artwork if I do say so myself.   Ummmm….. just kidding!  It was probably the easiest little project ever and I think they turned out pretty cool.

Franz Kline inspired artwork is nothing new.  I came across great DIY versions that gave me the idea to give it a try.

Franz Kline in studio #franzkline #brushstrokeart
Franz Kline in his studio #franzkline #brushstrokeart
Some of the DIY versions…..



and the drumroll please……….

Brush Stroke Art DIY via: Remixed Interiors #brushstrokeart #diyartwork

I love how they turned out.  The frames I had.  I picked them up at the Goodwill for $2.00 each.  They originally had  boring flower prints in them.  I wasn’t sure at first if the frames suited the art.  I was thinking that I should put them in sleeker more modern frames but I kind of like how the gold inlay makes the art pop and gives it a little something something.

Here is the  super complicated tutorial:

Brush Stroke Art Materials via: Remixed Interiors #brushstrokeart #diyartwork

The materials are rather simple.  I got everything at Michael’s. Black acrylic paint, multi-media art paper in 11 x 14, and paint brushes.  I ended up using the two larger sizes.

Brush Stroke DIY paper via: Remixed Interiors #brushstrokeart #diyartwork

I taped the paper down….

brush stroke art DIY via: Remixed Interiors #brushstrokeart #diyartwork

Then literally just dipped the brush in the paint and did random thick strokes and then grabbed the thinner brush and dipped it in the paint and did thinner strokes.

That’s all there was to it.  I chose not to paint the white area with paint-just let the paper be the contrast.  Franz Kline felt the white paint was just as important as the black paint and that it meant to depict negative and positive space.  I love how Kristin from the blog The Hunted Interior also chose to paint the white space giving it more of a finished look.

Brush Stroke Art DIY via: The Hunted Interior #brushstrokeart #diyartwork
The Hunted Interior

I am not sure where I am going to hang my art as of yet.  I am thinking perhaps over my bar cart or in my guest room. I need to do some sprucing up around the house with fresh paint on the walls and the base boards so I’m hesitant to hang anything on the walls right now.  It’s been about 7 years since the last paint job and it’s amazing how shabby things start to look after all of the kids and dogs in and out of the house.

Remixed Interiors Brush Stroke Art DIY #brushstrokeart #diyartwork

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4 thoughts on “DIY Brush Stroke Art

  1. Thanks Susie! I just couldn’t believe how good they looked once they were in the frame. I find everything looks so much better once under glass-even children’s artwork. Now I just need to get going with the painting so I can hang them up.

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