If you have been around here – you know that I love an easy DIY! Recently, I found this thrifted frame in the basement, that I decided to convert into an easy DIY modern abstract art piece perfect for the new year!
I wanted to keep it still and make it something that fits the aesthetic of my house. I have seen some beautiful DIY modern art floating around on Instagram and Pinterest and I knew I wanted to make that. I have absolutely loved watching Fariha at Pennies for a Fortune create art and it is so therapeutic to watch – so I knew I would be doing that!
How to create easy modern abstract art with a DIY thrifted frame
First, I wanted to restore the frame to a beautiful gold colour. First I spray painted it black with a matte spray paint that I had at home. This particular one was a black chalk paint but any matte black spray paint works. I wanted to make the frame gold again and I wanted to use Rub’n’Buff for this step which works best with a dark base. Before I got to the rub’n’buff stage, I decided to create the art next in case I had any paint splatters etc.
For the art piece, I used drydex spackling that I had at home with a small application knife and created some texture with the spackling on my canvas. I let this dry over night and then went to work with paint.
To create the modern abstract art (this is the easiest part of this DIY and the most fun!), I used leftover sample paint from two previous room makeovers. I first covered the spackling with a coat of Sherwin William Sea Salt and let that dry. Then I used Sherwin Williams Argos to go over the base coat in places where the black was still peaking through. Then I used Benjamin Moores Newburg Green mixed with Argos to create brush stroke and lastly created some loose paint drips with Newburg Green again. I did not record this part because quite honestly it took me all under 2 minutes and the best part about this step is that it is ABSTRACT. You can NOT go wrong! Have fun with it and enjoy yourself!
Last to finish up this easy DIY modern abstract art, I finished the frame using Rub’n’Buff in Grecian Gold. This is my favourite Rub’n’Buff colour and I saw this first on Jenna Sue’s blog here. You can follow the exact instructions on her blog post to get this look. Essentially I used an old makeup brush to go over the frame and buff in the Rub n Buff. A little goes a long way so start with small amounts and use the brush vigorously as just like makeover there will be build up on your brush too.
And Voila! That is literally all – this Easy DIY Modern Abstract Art took me overnight to complete because of drying times of the spackle but otherwise it is super easy to complete! I have listed all the supplies you need to complete this EASY DIY. You can create this easy Modern DIY Abstract Art with any thrifted frame that you paint and restore with Rub n Buff. It is super easy and makes for a gorgeous statement piece!