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.
and the drumroll please……….
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:
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.
I taped the paper down….
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.
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.