DIY giant brushstroke painting

DIY giant brushstroke painting

Remember when I wrote about my plans to create my own big, abstract brushtroke painting to hang over the couch in the living room?

Well – it’s finally complete! Painted, framed, and on the wall! And I am completely in love with how it turned out, if I do say so myself.

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DIY giant blue brushstroke painting | The Copenhagen Tales

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, my inspiration was this lovely post on Francois et Moi, a totally amazing blog for anything DIY and home improvement related. And it turns out, this type of art is actually quite easy to create. All you need is a handful of art supplies, and a bit of courage!

DIY giant blue brushstroke painting | The Copenhagen Tales

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own brushstroke painting:

  • A canvas – I bought a 80x100cm canvas at Søstrene Grene for around DKK 160
  • White acrylic paint, as a base coat
  • Blue acrylic paint (or any color you choose) – I bought these at Søstrene Grene as well at around DKK 22 per tube
  • A big brush – I bought this 50mm one at Flügger Farver, but you ca find them at Panduro Hobby as well, around DKK 60
  • A frame – mine is from Harald Nyborg for DKK 120
  • A little sponge to apply the base coat
  • A plastic plate or palette for the paint

Great, now you’re ready to get to work! Here’s what I did:

  1. Since I don’t own an easel, I transformed my dining room table into an art studio by simply covering it in old newspapers.
  2. I then applied two layers of white base coat with the little sponge. This is important to make sure the blue paint applies evenly.
  3. Once the base coat was dry, I applied the blue (or any other color) paint by coating the brush in a generous amount of paint and swinging it across the canvas in broad strokes. This was definitely the most fun part!
  4. Then I only had to wait for a day or two until the paint is completely dry, before I could frame and hang my new piece of art!

DIY giant blue brushstroke painting | The Copenhagen Tales

DIY giant blue brushstroke painting | The Copenhagen Tales

DIY giant blue brushstroke painting | The Copenhagen Tales

I’m really happy with how the painting turned out. I love the vibrant blue color, and I think it’s really cool to have a piece of art you created yourself in your home.

What do you think?

DIY giant blue brushstroke painting | The Copenhagen Tales

Do you have any DIY art pieces in your home? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “DIY giant brushstroke painting”

  • This is awesome! I’m also an amateur artist and have done some ‘abstract’ (read: easy) art. It’s so relaxing to do and rally cool to have your own stuff up. You’ve inspired me to go big for the empty space above our bed. :)

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