DIY Abstract Watercolour Art

     Posted by Brooke on May 3, 2017

Morning!

Large, textured art pieces can make a huge statement as part of your home decor, but not everyone is able to collect original art. For those of you who don’t have the resources or inclination to become  art collectors, I have something a bit artsy to share with you today. Yes, artsy. Don’t run away screaming.

I know some people are a little bit intimidated as soon as they hear the words: “artsy”, “mixed media”, or “abstract”.

Chill out.

I’ve felt a little bit intimidated by mixed media before as well…but you learn by doing, right? I know it can be hard to know which product is used for what and how to use it, but that’s why we have classes/teaching sessions/knowledgeable staff to help you.

For my first project I used this palette as my inspiration:

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I love the bright Spring colours with the addition of the gold. I love these colours and they coordinate with my home decor so I just went with ‘em.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

I used an 8×10 Prima watercolor canvas as my base. Using texture paste, a stencil. my palette knife, and gesso I was able to create texture with varying depths. Once it all dried I applied Prima Watercolor Confections paints in large, free brushstrokes.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

I loved that pop of gold in the colour palette so decided to use my neglected gold alcohol ink to get a vibrant, shiny metallic.

I’ve been learning lately that sometimes you just have to let go and CREATE. Get messy and try new stuff. Think outside of your box.

Once I made this one I knew I had to do it again. The only differences between the canvas above and the canvas below are the addition of modeling paste & this colour palette:

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I love that this project uses a textured, simple base and then you can choose whatever colours match your style.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

This canvas is 11×14…perfect size to hang on the wall or prop on a shelf.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

A close-up of the different textures. I tried to keep it organic…trying not to worry about visible brushstrokes or mistakes. The layering process is very forgiving.

I used watercolours to build up the colour depth before adding the gold alcohol ink.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

It looks complicated but in reality it was easy to do. You just have to let loose and get creative.

One little addition I snuck in is a few Prima paper flowers (can you see one in the bottom right??). I stuck them into the modeling paste before coating the whole thing in gesso as preparation for watercolour painting.

mixed media prima watercolor canvas brooke gorrell for love is in the details

I know a project like this can seem daunting but it is completely doable. A few basic products and a little bit of creativity are all you need. You can add a little bit or a whole lot of texture and use any colours you like. Totally up to you.

Interested in taking a mixed media class? Let us know!

3 Comments so far

  1. Kim May 3, 2017 9:01 am

    These are fantastic Brooke !!  I love the colours on the second canvas !   So where do you have them hanging ??

  2. Anne Krashel May 3, 2017 10:03 pm

    Love these!!! Would totally take a class. Where did you get the texture paste?

  3. Lori May 4, 2017 2:41 pm

    Hi Anne,
    Thanks for the compliments.
    All of the products used were bought here at the Love is in the Details store.
    Texture paste included. We have a few different kinds of texture paste.

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