Paint your own ab­stract mas­ter­piece

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - CONTENTS - WRIT­TEN BY TANYA WAT­SON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MICHEL GA­MACHE

Ev­ery home needs at least one piece of orig­i­nal art. Art­work makes a room live­lier and more in­spir­ing. Whether you’re still wait­ing to find the per­fect piece, or just want to add a per­sonal stamp to your space, you can cre­ate your own ab­stract in a few easy steps.

Sup­plies:

A few large paint­brushes Acrylic paints (your craft or art sup­ply store can help you pick the best brand) Small con­tainer of water to dip paint­brush Can­vas (I used a 36”x48” back sta­pled can­vas)

The tech­nique is sim­ple; build al­ter­nat­ing lay­ers of dif­fer­ent colours and white, us­ing ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal brush strokes.

1 Start with a white can­vas and paint on a few colour­ful patches. Then add some white and paler hues.

2 Work around the can­vas to al­low some area to dry, so that lighter paint is lay­ered on top. Let some colour peek through. In other ar­eas ap­ply white while the colour is still wet, this lets the paint blend in. A paint­brush dipped in water helps the paint blend more eas­ily.

3 There is no “wrong way”. Make ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal brush strokes un­til you are pleased with the com­po­si­tion and colours. The beauty of acrylic paint is that you can eas­ily paint over your mas­ter­piece should in­spi­ra­tion strike again!

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