LARGE SCALE ABSTRACT ART DIY

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Nothing makes my heart sing quite like art. I love finding originals, discovering talented artists, and filling my home with unique pieces. However, not every budget allows for originals and pricey prints. I believe the best way to achieve a curated collection is by blending a variety of mediums, even if that means rolling up your sleeves and filling in the gaps yourself. Purchase a few investment pieces you'll love forever and mix in less expensive works, such as this large scale DIY canvas.

Not only do oversize pieces make a statement, but they also create texture while taking up a good amount of real estate. My goal for this particular project was to create a large, textural, contemporary piece that can serve as a neutral background for any given vignette. This versatile artwork is one of the easiest DIY projects I have completed and it took less than an hour! Here's what you'll need to make your own:

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Supply List:
-Acrylic paint (black, white, beige... or any other neutrals you prefer)
-Sand (any color will work- the paint will cover any color you select)
-Paint brushes
-Gel gloss topcoat
-Large canvas
-Foil (for mixing)

The first brush stroke is always the most difficult, but remember- you can't ruin this project! I started painting heavy lines with the black acrylic:

Large Scale Art DIY #CaesarstoneUS

After the first layer dried, I mixed sand into each color and began layering on the texture. With each layer it seemed to look better, showing lots of dimension and gradation. I even squeezed the paint directly onto the canvas:

Large Scale Art DIY #CaesarstoneUS

Large Scale Art DIY #CaesarstoneUS

Keep adding, mixing, and texturizing until you like the composition. After the painting process is complete, begin adding the gel topcoat. Again, I applied this directly to the canvas with no prior mixing or blending. The topcoat dries clear and glossy, while holding it's shape. Get creative with your tools- this is the fun part. Use a brush or palette knife to cover the canvas in topcoat; intentionally create thick, uneven brush strokes for extra dimension.

Large Scale Art DIY #CaesarstoneUS

I have yet to frame my canvas, but if you prefer a refined look, try adding a thin frame. It will add sophistication without overpowering the large scale content. Here's an example I pulled together in Photoshop:

Large Scale Art DIY #CaesarstoneUS

It's as easy as it sounds! Are you going to give it a try?

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Sarah Gibson is a full-time designer located in the Midwest. With an emphasis on both graphic and interior design, her projects are varied. Sarah's areas of expertise range from rebranding, website & blog design, print and social media marketing, to creative direction, such as styling and photoshoots. As an interior designer, Sarah also specializes in full-service interior design, custom projects, styling, and renovations. Aside from her day job, she spends evenings and weekends creating content for her lifestyle blog, Room for Tuesday, which features content in design, interiors, travel, fashion, and creative inspiration. She enjoys balancing both trendy and eclectic pieces with classic elements, for a curated aesthetic.