In the fall, my DIY Christmas spider tutorial was featured in Ottawa at Home magazine. This spring I’m sharing another DIY project! Because my blog tutorials for DIY art projects are so popular, I wanted to show Ottawa at Home readers how easy it is to make their very own DIY abstract. What wasn’t easy, for me, was painting on demand! Let me tell you, painting while a photographer hung around and waited for me to say “okay, snap a shot now” was a teeny bit stressful. As you know, I normally have to tackle the same painting a couple of times (like these and this one), sometimes over days, weeks or months, to get it “right,” but this time I only had a few hours! Happily, I love the finished piece and the only change I made was to hang it sideways.
I love a DIY painting tutorial that offers step-by-step photos but that can be sooooo tricky to do because stopping to take a photo often means I lose my mojo and the painting turns out weird. But I’ve tried to share as many tutorials as I can, with step-by-step photos to give you a feel for how my (novice) paintings take shape. Check out this black and white painting, the abstract triptych in the bedroom, my fun drippy painting, the Rothko-inspired trio, the geometric painting and its makeover, or, for something a little different, see how I made a simple striped piece with text.
I should mention that although Hubby & I try to support artists when we can (we have bought pottery from independent Canadian galleries and have often bought small works of art when traveling), right now we just can’t afford to adorn all of our walls with the work of professional artists. Happily, many of our family members are artists so we have their work livening up the townhouse. Our DIY pieces fill in the gaps and add even more colour and life to our walls. I love our DIY art and think that making your own art really is doable, but I’m not suggesting that the work professional artists do is as easy as 1-2-3. Please support local artists and artisans when you can!