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10 DIY Ways to Create Abstract Art

Image: Rothko Tryptych via Flickr

I don’t consider myself an artist – I feel much more comfortable labeling myself as a designer.Yet I love to wear my “artist hat” on occasion to create art for my walls! I live in a large studio apartment with concrete floors and a lot of wall space. Given that I love DIY home décor and that I am intimidated by drawing and painting, abstract art is right up my alley.

There’s really no official definition for “abstract art” when it comes to DIY projects. In the art world, abstract expressionism began in the 1940s and 50s and was all about achieving imagery that sends its message through shapes, forms, colors and textures. When you look at a piece of abstract art, you don’t necessary “see” anything right away. Interpreting the composition of an abstract painting can take some time and thought.

I’ve always loved abstract art – Mark Rothko is one of my favorite painters of all time. Many different pieces of abstract art inspire me, and I’ve always wanted a large collection on my wall. If you are like me, the good news is that you can achieve the look with the help of a few tutorials. When it comes to DIYing it, I find the entire process to be fun and exciting. You just grab paint, a canvas and a brush and get started! Alternative methods use paper, gilding and even wax.

Are you ready to make your own abstract art? Here are ten ideas that inspired me, and I’d love to give any of these a try:

Abstract Art DIY on the Interior CollectiveImages: (1) Oh Happy Day, (2) Promise Tangeman, (3) Pan & Tea, (4) Now at Home Mom, (5) Literally Inspired

  1. How to make abstract art at Oh Happy Day

  2. DIY abstract art for photo lovers at Promise Tangeman

  3. Stole the shine at Pan & Tea

  4. DIY gold leaf wall art at Now At Home Mom

  5. Abstract art with petroleum jelly at Literally Inspired

Abstract Art on the Interior CollectiveImages: (6) Love From Ginger, (7) Dans le Townhouse, (8) Twinkle and Twine, (9) Centsational Girl, (10) AM Dolce Vida

  1. Abstract art painting DIY at Love From Ginger

  2. Simple but striking DIY painting at Dans le Townhouse

  3. DIY abstract wall art at Twinkle and Twine

  4. Making digital abstract art at Centsational Girl

  5. Foyer DIY abstract art at AM Dolce Vida

Have you ever tried to make a piece of abstract art? Which one of the above styles would you try? Let me know in the comments below!

Runway to Room: Aztec Prints

Image: Society 6

I noticed Aztec prints cropping up in fashion a little over a year ago; maybe you have noticed them too. If you aren’t aware of the origin of these designs, they are inspired by the textiles of the ancient Aztec people. The Aztecs lived in central Mexico from the 14th to 16th centuries. You didn’t realize that you were going to get a history lesson today, did you?

Aztec patterns have worked their way from the fashion world into home décor. What I love about these designs are the bright colors, symmetry, repeating patterns and geometric shapes. To me these are not only the key identifiers of the Aztec style, but what also makes it perfect for home decorating. This style is well suited for those who want a bold piece but don’t want to go too crazy. Of course if you like a bit of a wild feel in your home, you are welcome to throw multiple Aztec decor pieces into the mix.

When I think about decorating my home, I always think about DIY’ing some items of interest. Not everything, but a few choice pieces that I want to be unique. Aztec home décor is perfect for doing yourself. The straight lines and geometric shapes are conducive to painting, sewing or stenciling. To get your creative juices flowing, I’ve pulled together a few DIY Aztec home décor items to inspire you. I’d love to try any of these:

Aztec Décor collage

Aztec DIY Home Decore
Images: (1) Osie Moats, (2) Minted Strawberry, (3) Nellie Bellie, (4) 2nd Funniest Thing, (5) Oh Caro

  1. DIY aztec headboard from Osie Moats

  2. Aztec print gold and blue pot from Minted Strawberry

  3. Make a rug with a drop cloth and paint from Nellie Bellie

  4. DIY table at 2nd Funniest Thing

  5. DIY Aztec/Mayan cushion cover at Oh Caro

What is your favorite DIY Aztec home décor piece out of the above? Which one will you try? Let me know in the comments!