Monday, August 20, 2012

DIY Drip Painting

Alternate title: Look Ma, I'm an Artiste!  (yeah, that's right -- not artist. Artiste. It sounds so much better.)

What is art? Well in my house it's whatever I say it is, and I imagine the same goes for you. I love fine art (i.e. real paintings) and I have a couple pieces, hopefully more in the future, but that doesn't mean random things I pull together or design that I enjoy or create can't fill spaces on my wall and do so beautifully.

Case in point, my new paintings.

 
I have no idea how to draw or (artistically) paint, and scary words like shading and gesso make me cry. However, I needed something in my dining room to pull in some of the neighboring living room's colors as a starting point for the sorting out of said dining room. And since eventually I want to remove walls and make these rooms one big fabulous space, I might as well be decorating them in ways that will work together.


Enter fabulous blog post idea and genius David Bromstad technique video

Um, I could do that... I think.

Step 1: Get yourself a canvas. I bought a pack of two 18x24" canvases -- with my 40% off coupon it came to $9 and change.

Step 2: Gather your tools. I don't like to make decisions so I grabbed a whole bunch of craft paint and decided to pick colors in the midst of my creative fog. I was pretty sure I'd be overtaken by some artistic zone... I'm optimistic like that. You'll also need a water bottle.


Step 3: Mist the canvas down really well -- you want the paint to run.

Step 4: Mist it some more. Really, don't be afraid... wetter is better! By the time I was done I had refilled my bottle 3 times because I kept 'starting over' in frustration and my canvas came through like a champ!

Step 5: Glob on some paint along the top -- I mixed my two blues together (a bright turquoise and a dark navy) and brushed it on. Get lots on, and I smooshed it all over so there weren't subborn globs that wouldn't run.

 (I'd glob more than this on top if I were you. Just an idea!)

Step 6: Spray your water! Drip, drip, drip. See? Easy. (Unless you're me and you start over 3 times... but still, pretty easy!)

Step 7: Add some more paint if you want -- I added more of both blues, and then a couple greens. David Bromstad suggests limiting your colors otherwise they run together and become muddy and I think that's a good idea. I ultimately dripped my individual colors directly onto the wet canvas (keep misting it so it's nice and wet!) and let them drip down for a less mixed together look.

Tip: some brands of paint are super, super thick and resisted dripping. I'd spray water into the bottle and shake it up until it would behave. But I don't take no crap off of nobody that way. (Cool Runnings, anyone? Jamaica, we have a bobsled team... ohh, never mind.)

Step 8: While your painting dries, take a magic eraser to your now blue folding chairs and driveway and vow to plan better next time.


I really think I like them.  Mike says he likes them and told me they remind him of looking out a car window when there's rain all over them and you can just see glowing colors. I think that's a compliment, so I'll take it! In fact, I'll name the pair 'Rainy Windows' and consider myself an accomplished artiste.


Oh yeah, I almost forgot the bonus:


Yeee-ah. Mission accomplished.

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21 comments:

  1. I LOVE them. They are gorgeous. Scary art words scare me too. What do you think about putting them in some chunky frames? I think that will help them look more finished. Sarah

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  2. Love these, I think I may try these with my kids.

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  3. Ohhh! I love these great job! I want to make some humungo ones! These are stunning! Great job again!!!

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  4. Totally cool! I love these....yours turned out great! Thanks for sharing this technique. I never thought about using water and having the paint run to make a design.

    Jennifer

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  5. FAB. U. LUSS! And I'd definitely consider that a compliment from the man. Mine never has anything nicer to say than 'wow, I didn't think it would turn out good enough to sell'. Yeap. My treasure.

    I'm totally going to try this. I always watched DB do this on his show, but I never really thought it was that easy!

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    1. Super easy! Unless you like to complicate everything like I do, but even then it's still pretty easy ;)

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  6. Wow! I really love them! I could see doing something like that for myself and then using it as a background for something. Then again, I have to make things more complicated than they need to be. I generally stick to digital drawing because the only thing I end up wasting is time - and there's always an "undo" button.
    David Bromstad = yummy. Oh, the things I would do just to watch him paint in my house.

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  7. I love the name! I totally need to do something to cover my thermostat!

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  8. What a great project! And love that you covered the thermostat. I just did the same thing at my house a few months ago!

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  9. I can't believe they're that easy to make, yet they look like something you'd pay three figures for in an art gallery. Awesome!

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  10. that is a clever idea, but keep in mind that you might trap heat behind the painting and cause the thermostat to call for more cooling. Lots of wasted energy being used by the air conditioner

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    1. We actually don't have air conditioning! I know, we're insane. ;)

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  11. I love this, maybe something I could do with my kids, thanks for the idea!

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  12. I ADORE these! Really, really cool! Oh, and I also love Cool Runnings... :)

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    1. Woohoo! Feel good movie of 1993, that's what I say! ;)

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  13. These are so gorgeous I would pay you to make these for me!!

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  14. They're awesome!! And that looks like such a fun technique to try. Might be a good project to do with my daughter.

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  15. Looove! Looks like fun, can't wait to try it out for myself!!

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  16. Finally, I found your post again! I've been looking for weeks - remembered the beautiful results but couldn't recall the blog!!

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  17. Thank you for the inspiration. I tied it and the result is great. I wish I could upload the picture to share, but it doesn't look like I can.

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