Are you familiar with the Rorschach Test? It's the psychological exam where you look at ink blots and say what you see. Depending on how you interpret the ink, you receive a different diagnosis of your psyche. Now, I'm not a psychiatrist by any means, but I do know a DIY opportunity when I see one. Whether or not you interpret the shapes as a bear, or as the face of your mother, throw a little color in there and we've got ourselves a project. These ink blot pillows are easy enough for anyone to make, and each result is different!
Lately I've been getting sucked into watching painting videos on Instagram. The abstract paintings are the best. I love the ones where the artist is seemingly just messing around, throwing paint here and there, when suddenly BAM! - some well-placed paint or drip technique brings it all together. While I'm not as clever an abstract painter as these Instagram stars are, you don't have to be an expert to make some fun abstract wall art. I made this piece the other day using a hair dryer - keep reading and I'll show you how.
Ideas pop up in the most random of situations, don't they? The inspiration for this project came to me the other day when I was at the airport. I was standing in line at a Wendy's, preparing to pay $15 for a small frosty and fries (why is airport food so expensive?!), and I was absent-mindedly staring at this wall that divided the checkout lane from the seating area. The wall was made of two layered panels of glass, frosted. Each panel was painted with lots of abstract green brushstrokes, making the wall look like an ethereal field of grass. Maybe it was the jet-lag that made me zone in on this wall for so long. For some reason or another, the grassy glass stuck with me. And I decided I wanted to make some glass wall art of my own in the same style.
Who doesn't love abstract art? It's grown on me through the years, but can be a bit costly when buying. Make your own one-of-kind layer piece with this video tutorial!
When it comes to art on the walls, sometimes you gotta go big or go home. The catch? Large art can be pretty expensive. You could always go the IKEA route, but that's easily recognizable. So create your own!
Walltat's reflective wall decals combine the ease of wall decals with the sparkle of mirrors for an interesting effect. Their abstract images, in particular,
The lovely pieces of art seen in the pic above were made with a bucket and a plastic cup. Seriously.
To make one for your own, you'll need:
Artist and Curbly member Melsky (which is a combination of her first and last name) describes her acrylic on paper creations as eclectic, whimsical, abstract and colorful. An aggressive use of adjectives to be sure, but they’re necessary to describe her unique and vibrant images. Here, in Curbly’s first artist profile, I pose some questions to Melsky in an effort to get to know her and her work a little bit better.
You used to be a ceramic...
Have you heard about DNA 11? They create very personal art from their customers’ DNA or fingerprints. They SAY that they are making ‘one-of-a-kind’ abstract ‘masterpieces’, or are they REALLY a front for the government to collect DNA and fingerprints from unsuspecting narcissists...hmmmm?
Fingerprint images start at $190; DNA portraits start at $390.