Today as day 9 of our “22 Ways to Inspire Your 2022” series- I am sharing an idea for easy black and white abstract statement art that anyone can make. I promise! You just need a large canvas, some black and white paint, a paper plate and your adventurous spirit. Oh, and did I mention I made mine for around $13? Alright, so do I have some takers? If so, let’s take a look at how to make your very own black and white abstract art.
Just another nugget of inspiration for you as we work through our “22 Ways to Inspire Your 2022”!
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BLACK AND WHITE ABSTRACT ART: THE BEFORE
I found this massive canvas at the Goodwill for around $13. It was actually originally from Ikea based on the tag on it- so not exactly super high quality canvas – but hey for $13 bucks I figured what did I have to lose? So me and Mona Lisa boogied right on out of the store and my wheels were spinning on what I could do with it.
SOUTHERN HEATHER TIP: Look for a canvas with a floating frame if possible- DIY art always looks better with this little detail.
I loved that this piece had that floating frame around it which I think is a great feature to elevate your art.
BLACK AND WHITE ABSTRACT ART: THE INSPIRATION
It didn’t take long for inspiration to hit and I knew almost immediately what I wanted this to become. Over the years, I have run across this mid century modern/ art deco painting from time to time in house magazines and Pinterest and always thought it was cool. The original is by Paule Marrot who was a French painter and textile artist. You can actually purchase this piece for a whopping $2550 HERE. I really like lots of her pieces so she is worth going down the rabbit hole on if you are looking for art inspiration.
Seriously though, how cool does this look in all of the inspiration photos below?
Mark D. Sikes
Design by Jonathan Adler
BLACK AND WHITE ABSTRACT ART: THE HOW TO
So let’s take a closer look at how I achieved a similar look for about $13.
- First up- I gave the entire canvas a coat of white paint. We were actually in the process of testing white paints to use on our exterior so I had oodles of white paint sitting around and I just grabbed one and went for it. I think this took two coats to cover- buh-bye Mona Lisa!
- Once it all had a coat of white, I sketched out the pattern. Want to know my top secret for how I got the shapes? Paper plates and Amazon boxes. To achieve the look I wanted, I grabbed a pencil and used my plates and boxes for the circles and squares. This is obviously the hardest part and also most important. So just use the inspiration photos and work with it until it’s how you want it!
- Once I liked the general look of the pencil outline, I added the black paint. I think it did take two coats to get full coverage over the white. For the edges, I used painters tape to give it a crisp white edge.
And then I stood back and decided I loved it!
And then it found a new home in the living room.
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