I wish I invented this abstract painting technique, but I did not. I stole it (with consent) from a brilliant friend of mine who created many stylistically similar pieces in order to cure “plain white wall syndrome.” When I saw his artwork I knew I had to try it out for myself.
What you’ll need:
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint brush
- Spray Paint
STEP 1: Cover the canvas with a thick layer of acrylic paint. I decided to make simple blocks of color and then blended them without rinsing my brush.
STEP 2: Pour water over canvas. Use as little water as possible. I’m talking 2 tablespoons worth.
STEP 3: Lay canvas down flat in a well ventilated area. Gently shake canvas to move the water around (you will want to have a few pools of water to experiment with at first, you can always add more later.)
STEP 4: Add spray paint. I tried two different approaches: spraying the paint directly onto the canvas in short bursts, and spraying the paint into the cap so I could precisely drip the paint exactly where I wanted. You will see the paint interact with the water in different ways; so experiment with it! I used both spray paint techniques on each painting. I even tried adding droplets of water on top of the spray paint.
STEP 5: Allow to dry completely. This took about 7 hours due to the thickness of the paint and the addition of water. Be patient, it is totally worth it. Make sure your drying surface is level or else the paint will slowly drip off the canvas.
STEP 6: Display your beautiful masterpiece, you – artsy connoisseur – you! Fantastic job!!
- I would recommend placing a magazine or piece of cardboard inbetween the front and back before painting. This will keep the paint from bleeding through to the other side.
- Weigh down parts of the shirt that are not being painted. These anchors will keep the shirt from shifting around.
- Have fun with it. Try different cuts and styles. Paint whatever you like! There are so many possibilities!
Whatever it is you want to do in life, someone else did it before you. Truly original thought is not found in the world we live in.
It is important to know what came before us, what was done before. We can learn from the mistakes others have made, giving us time focus on our own mistakes.
Mistakes are beautiful. Without mistakes we do not progress. We do not propel ourselves towards ultimate possibilities. We do not leave our comfort zone. We do not evolve.
Even if every idea bottled up inside your imagination has already existed, that idea is original to you. You are original, and you are able. Do not fear your ideas, they are incredible.