Even if you don’t have much experience in painting, I am confident that you can make art. You can easily Make an Abstract Painting, which is a great place to start…there is no right or wrong…it’s just what YOU like.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson so insightfully proclaimed:

“Every Artist was First An Amateur.”

We recently just moved Kate back to school, which is, of course bittersweet.  I miss her when she’s not here, but she needs to go stretch her wings and do her thing. And since she’s a mere 2.5 hours up the road, we can easily visit when we want to.  

While she and her roommate have all the necessities for their apartment, they hadn’t really contemplated how to decorate the space.  There is A LOT of white wall space that needs a little love.

I suggested they go find some cool poster art, but that suggestion didn’t quite fly. Instead, Kate looked at me with her beautiful brown eyes and asked so sweetly, “Mama…do you think you could….”  To which I replied, ‘of course sweetie’ and just like that, we were planning a piece of ‘art’ for their walls.

I have a penchant for creating art when I see the need to fill a need on my walls.  Over the years, Terry and I have accumulated the art of several artists we admire; however, there has always been a gap in my desire for art for our walls and the funds I have to spend on that art.

It’s that whole ‘buy a painting?’ or ‘feed my kids?’ contemplation. As a way to fill that gap, I began creating my own art.

When we first chatted about what kind of painting she wanted, she asked me to do something similar to the pink and gold watercolor painting I did for the gallery wall in her room earlier this year…just on a bigger scale and with blues instead of pink.

Illustrated instructions, including recommended supplies, to make a DIY watercolor painting with gold leaf embellishment.  Make your own art!

This print is available for purchase at my Society6 shop here:

Lyrical Intrusion

But when we picked up the mail the day we returned home from moving her in, I spied this painting in the Grandin Road catalog.  

I took a picture, sent it to Kate and received a quick and enthusiastic ‘yes!’ back and so I switched gears.  

This painting appears to be painted in either oils or acrylics and looks to have a bit of texture to it.  I love having a little dimensionality (so, full disclosure, I’m kinda pretending that ‘dimensionality means ‘as in 3-dimension’; however, that’s not the technical definition…but it’s my blog and that’s what it means here! ?) in my paintings and so was excited to go in this direction.

As her apartment has several wall areas that are quite big and quite bare, I went with the ‘bigger bang for the buck’ theory and purchased a 30″ x 40″ canvas at Michael’s.  

Since it needs to be able to be hung with command hooks, it needs to be lightweight. Accordingly, it needs to be thin and won’t be framed. I’ll put some paint on the sides of the canvas to finish it.

What you Need to Make an Abstract Painting:

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Something for texture.  I found an old roll of drywall repair mesh in the garage.  My sweet hubby drives me a little crazy in that he really hates to throw anything away…’you just never know when we’ll need it’.  This is one of those cases where I was glad for his ‘hoarding’ tendency.

 How to Make an Abstract Painting:

  • I first placed a couple pieces of the drywall mesh on the canvas. I chose to put mine only where I was going to paint, but I guess there’s no reason why you couldn’t put it where the gold would be.
Step 1 for Abstract Painting. Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Large scale art idea for home decor & gallery wall.

The only thing to be aware of is that I planned to pull the mesh off so I didn’t adhere it to the canvas.  If you were planning to put the gold leaf over the mesh, you would definitely want to adhere the mesh.

  • The ultramarine right out of the tube was a little too bright blue, so I mixed it with about an equal amount of black to get the dark blue.
    Mixing paint for Abstract Painting
     I painted that dark blue on most of the canvas above where I would put the gold.  I used a putty knife and a palette knife, making it thick in some areas and thinner in other area.
    Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Step 2 for Abstract Painting. Easy DIY to make large scale art for home decor & gallery wall
  • Once the blue was almost dry, I removed the mesh. It pulled right off. Here’s a closeup of the painted mesh.
    Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Close Up of step 2 for Abstract Painting. Easy DIY to make large scale art for home decor & gallery wall
  • Once that blue was dry I went in with a blue closer to what comes out of the Ultramarine tube. But this was still way to blue for me. While that was drying, I painted on the gold leaf size as it needs to dry for about a half hour.
    Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Step 3 for Abstract Painting. Easy DIY to make large scale art for home decor & gallery wall
  • After a half hour, I laid on the gold leaf and went back over the brighter blue with my dark black blue. I also laid down a little white
    Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Step 4 to make Abstract Painting. Easy DIY to make large scale art for home decor & gallery wall
  • Then I went back in while the paints were just a wee bit wet and moved them around with a dry brush, making the white more subdued. Wipe your brush on a rag or paper towel often to keep it clean.
    Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Step 5 to make Abstract Painting. Easy DIY to make large scale art for home decor & gallery wall
  • When all the paint was dry, I went back and added a wee bit more gold leaf up in the blue. 

This painting ended up with a moody, brooding feel to it…which is fine.  Almost reminds me of a thunderstorm, with the gold being lightning flashes.

Do you see anything in it? If I wanted to make this less moody, I would add less black to the blue that I originally laid down.

With the acrylics, this painting could be made from start to finish in a couple of hours. If you need to fill up a large wall space, an abstract painting is an easy remedy. There’s no right or wrong, just so it’s pleasing to your eye. I always find it helpful to stand far back from the painting, checking on it several times in different lighting to make sure I like what I see.

I don’t have a great photo of this painting in Kate’s apartment…I sent it up with my parents so haven’t seen it ‘in action’ yet.  But Kate assures me it is helping to fill some blank wall space.

pin for abstract painting

So, do you think you’ll make an abstract painting for your home? If you need a little nudge and some ideas to make an Abstract Painting, pin this for your future reference.

Suggestions to easily make an abstract painting with acrylic paint, gold leaf and drywall repair mesh. Easy DIY to make large scale art for home decor & gallery wall

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  1. Jenny Kavanagh

    September 7, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Lynn I’m absolutely crazy in love with this!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I LOVE IT!
    xo- Jenny

    • lynn

      September 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Aw gee willikers! You are too kind my friend. It was SOOOO easy!

      Hugs and Kisses to you.


  2. jessica

    September 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I am so attempting this!!!!!You just gave me LIFE, LOVE IT!

    • lynn

      September 7, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Hey Jessica…Oh my…I am so glad! This was REALLY easy to do…that whole immediate gratification thing which I’m really quite fond of. Thanks for coming by.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Sherry

    September 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    We have a very pricey but gorgeous store in my town and these paintings look every bit as beautiful as the ones in that store! You really are a talented artist!

    • lynn

      September 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      Awww, thanks Sherry. I have fun with it. And this was so easy.

      Thanks for coming by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  4. Carol, The Red Painted Cottage

    September 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Lynn, This is gorgeous! I really love it.

    • lynn

      September 10, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks Carol…it was a fun and quick project…right up my alley!

  5. Robin

    September 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    I have a spot in my living room that I’ve been saying I’m going to DIY some abstract art for over a year! I’ve even already bought the canvas. I love this and you may have just motivated me to get it done!

    • lynn

      September 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Robin, you could have it done within a day…seriously! It was really quite fun to do. Do let me see what you end up doing when you do! Thanks for swinging by today my friend.

      Have a good weekend.

      Hugs, LYnn

  6. Mary-the boondocks blog

    September 12, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Lynn I know you really made this one for me. The blues remind me of the sea in the wintertime when it is stormy. Moody and absolutely gorgeous. Lady, you should sell this and get some pretty bucks for it!! You are a true artist!!

    • lynn

      September 13, 2016 at 5:59 am

      Aw Mary, you always know just what to say to make me feel good and what a nice comment to wake up to this morning. It really is quite moody and I do like it, but it is now 200 miles away with a piece of my heart at school. I do have a large canvas hanging in my home that I really don’t LOVE…think I may just have to paint over it and do something like this.
      Wishing you a lovely day today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. Katrin

    September 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Mary is right Lynn, you are a true artist! I love the pink painting you made not long ago and this one is just as amazing with that blue and gold, I adore that combination! It would look great on my white walls as well! Your daughter is so lucky to have you….. wishing you a nice day !

    • lynn

      September 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Holy cow…just went through my spam folder and your two comments were there!!! Ugh!! I need to go through it more often.

      Anyway, it is so good to hear from you! Hope school is off to a good start. I really did enjoy this painting…it was quick which makes a winner in my book to begin with. And Kate likes it, so doubly good.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend in the south of Spain!

      Hugs, Lynn

  8. Michelle Marttila - Happy Heart Made

    September 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Love this Lynn…gorgeous piece!!!

    • lynn

      September 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle! I do love this piece and I’m looking to make another some day soon.
      So glad you came by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  9. Michelle

    September 17, 2016 at 4:06 am

    It’s gorgeous, reminds me of thunder clouds over mountain tops bathed in gold. I’ve always wanted to try an abstract, but my silly perfectionist brain keeps on getting in the way.

    • lynn

      September 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks for the great interpretation Michelle. I love the idea of the mountains bathed in gold. It’s just perfect. Making art like this gives that perfectionist brain of yours a time to sit on the shelf and just watch. I do hope you give it a try.
      Thanks for swinging by today and hope you come by to share that abstract painting of yours.
      Hugs, Lynn

  10. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

    September 19, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    This is fantastic! The colors, the gold leaf — you did a fabulous job. I saw your link at the Sweet Inspiration Party.

    • lynn

      September 20, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Hi Ann Marie, I am so glad that you saw my painting and came over to comment. It is very much appreciated. I am very happy with how it turned out, but more importantly, so is my daughter. It really adds the necessary ‘something’ to her apartment walls.

      I hope you have wonderful day!

      Hugs, Lynn

  11. Tasha

    October 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Lynne, my mind is blown by this! It is EPIC! I cannot wait to try it 🙂 Amazing job!

    • lynn

      October 28, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Aw gee whiz Tasha…you know how to make my day. I’ve seen what you do, so there is not a doubt in my mind that you can easily do this. It’s WAY easier than tiling a bathroom!!!

      Hugs, Lynn

  12. Vada

    July 9, 2019 at 12:27 am

    This is lovely! Do you have to use drywall mesh and how did you prevent it from moving while you paint on it?


    • lynn

      July 14, 2019 at 7:54 pm

      Hi Vada…you don’t have to use drywall mesh…just whatever you want to give it some texture. I did not have to adhere it to the canvas…there was slight adhesive to it. Have fun creating my friend!




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