How To Create Some Easy Modern Art

 Modern art

Jackson Pollock I am not, but I found a way to create some great modern art that doesn’t take a lot of skill, time, or money. It was simple and easy for you to do, too.

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 All you need to do is buy a large canvas and some wall paint samples at your favorite home store.  I wanted some vibrant colors to wake up our soft blue (Iceberg by Sherwin Williams) in the master bathroom.  My mother gave me a canvas (24 x 36) that she never used, and I painted the background the same blue as the bathroom wall.  I chose a yellow sample that I already owned and bought the bright green, blue, and orangish red.  You can choose any colors you want.



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Then I set the dried canvas on its edge on top of a thick drop cloth.  All I did next was slowly pour my paints – one at a time – from the top of the canvas and let them flow.  Then I let it dry about 24 hours.



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The next day I turned it over and did the same thing.  The paints, once again, just slowly flowed down the canvas like lava and did their thing.  Again, I let it try over night.  The runs and bubbles gave it some texture, so I didn’t worry about them.



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The next step gave it the most dramatic effect.  I turned it on its narrow edge and poured some more green and again let it dry overnight.  Then the next day I repeated.  I stood back and decided it was finished.  The beauty of this creation is that I could have kept on going, but this felt right to me.  If you have been reading the The 2 Seasons for a while, you know that I have been taking oil painting classes.  If you are new here, you can check out my progress here, here, herehere, and here.



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I guess another huge difference between me and Jackson Pollack is that his art is hanging in museums, and mine is filling the wall over the toilet in the master bathroom.  Whomp, whomp.  I guess a girl can dream…….




Jordan and I had a great time this past week-end at Haven.  It was absolutely cool to meet our blog friends and to make so many new friends.  We learned a lot of great info and will be sharing it with you very soon.  We arrived back in Lexington around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, and she had to catch a plane back to Syracuse a few hours later, so we need a day or two to collect our thoughts, make our plan, and put it into action.


Take care.


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  1. says

    The painting is fantastic…just perfect for the “artistic challenged” person like me…I so love the colors…Thanks so much for showing us this great technique. I so loved meeting the two of you at Haven…I was just telling my hubby how I so loved seeing the beautiful mother/ daughter relationship that you two have…I felt in in your posts, but seeing that in person is just incredible…so very special….and yes, congrats on the great win…so glad you stayed!!!…I too am “gathering my thoughts” today after a hectic and spectacular experience at Haven!

  2. says

    Hi Janette! It was so great to meet you at Haven! Your blog was one of the ones I was most curious to visit after coming home. A mother-daughter blog is just such a great concept! I just LOVE this art project and I am going to try this myself. You’ve inspired me! I’ll be back for lots more inspiration from you and Jordan. xo Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

  3. Bilingual Mama says

    This is so cool! Can you please share with us the specific paint colors you used? All the colors go great together!

    • says

      The background is sky blue by Sherwin Williams which is the same as the walls of the bathroom. The yellow is melted butter by Sherwin Williams. The other three colors are Valspar samples that I got with my coupons at Lowe’s. Sorry, but I don’t know those colors, but they are an orangish red, a lime green, and a soft royal blue. Hope this helps.