Monday, February 11, 2013

Ombre Art.

I have been on a major art-making-spree lately.  We had a lot of blank spaces on our walls, and I was determined to fill them up.  I started with some cheap and easy art for our bedroom, a mirror makeover, some DIY wood shelves, a lovey-dovey wood painted sign, and now it’s time for me to show you some ombre canvas art.

To be quite honest, the only thing I knew when I purchased this large canvas, was that it’d fill in the gaping hole above our made-over file cabinet.

To begin the piece, I grabbed my go-to paint colors {grey and blue-greens…anyone surprised?} and an old paint brush.  I started with grey at the top and thought I’d work my way down to the darkest teal I had.  After I painted the grey on, I realized it’d be fun to put a quote on the canvas…so I dug through my craft supplies until I found some vinyl letters.  I eyeballed the quote “all you need is love” onto the canvas and prayed it was semi-centered and level. 


To keep the bleeding of paint to a minimum, I painted over the letters with white paint first.  Once that was semi-dry, I poured on my next color and just worked my way down the canvas.



After all the colors were done, I carefully peeled all the letters off while things were still wet.  Then I left it to dry over night.


Although the quote is a bit off-center {I mean, I did eyeball the placement}, I'm still happy with my new ombre art!  The cool colors pop beautifully above our yellow file cabinet.



Plus, I love having positive, uplifting quotes to read when I leave our room each morning. :)

30 comments:

  1. this is beautiful Gabbi! And i love to see a smoochy love quote on valentines day week too :). It's such a great pop of color!

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  2. It looks great! I especially love it against the stenciled wall!

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  3. Ooo, very pretty. The whole paint first tip is good!!

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  4. That is beautiful Gabbi! All of the work you've been doing lately is beyond gorgeous! I love it all! :)

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  5. Another great one! Love the colours and it really looks great with the filing cabinet.

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  6. That's sharp! Clever idea painting over the letters. Looks awesome!

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  7. This looks great and I have done this many times. It actually works well on furniture too! Think of front of drawers on a dresser or a childs seat on their rocker!

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    1. Thanks Terry! You are right...it could definitely work on a bunch of different materials! So glad you stopped by. :)

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  8. Way to go! I love the ombre colors! I'll have to try this for our new office!!

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    1. Thanks Cara! Definitely...it'll look great in there. :)

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  9. It definitely pops and looks perfect over your file cabinet!!! All this artwork is making me want to go buy a canvas! :)

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    1. Thank you, Whitney! Thank gosh I bought multiple canvases last time I went to Michael's. I imagine I wouldn't have completed nearly as many things if I had to go further than my basement for them. ;)

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  10. It's really cute! I love how it looks over the yellow cabinet =)
    And I totally agree with Whitney; I really want to paint some canvases!

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  11. I LOVE this! Not only is it one of my favorite Beatles songs but I just adore the way the white letters stand out from the background. It is clean and packs a fun punch of color. Great job! :)

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  12. You are so flipping talented. And of course, the finished product is beautiful and looks perfect in it's new home!

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  13. What a great idea! What sort of paint did you use? Acrylic? Latex? (does it matter?) Lovely outcome!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I actually used both acrylic and latex on this canvas. It really doesn't matter which you choose to use. Hope that helps! :)

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