As promised, I created a tutorial to show you how you too can paint a giant abstract ocean painting. The easiest way for me to show you how was to share the video of the process. If you are viewing this post in your email, you will need to click on the link to view the video.
- Giant canvas (tutorial to build your own here)
- 2″ – 2.5″ paint brushes
- 1″ paint brush
- Small flat paint brush
- Latex paint: White paint
- Peacock blue paint (matched to Valspar Everglad Deck 5011-3)
- Aqua paint (matched to Valspar Betsy Ross House Blue 5002-8A)
- Sea Foam Green paint (matched to Valspar Heartland Frosty 5008-5C)
- Gold metallic paint
- Spray bottle with water
- Damp rag
- Drop cloth
A summary of the video:
- To start, you’ll want to spray the canvas with water.
- Add random stripes of peacock blue on the canvas. Allow some of the stripes to be full concentration paint, and other stripes can be a water diluted peacock blue stripe.
- Don’t forget to paint over sides, top and bottom of the canvas.
- Slowly add white to the paint, mixing with the peacock blue.
- Evenutally adding straight white paint.
- For more dimension and visual interest, add stripes of bright aqua and sea foam green. Mix them with the peacock blue as you lay them on the canvas.
- It’s easiest to work quickly so your paint mixes with the existing wet paint strokes.
- For good artistic composition, place your lightest stripes 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the canvas.
- After you are happy with the painting, add some small spots and dashes of metallic gold to the painting. Think of these as small highlights from a setting sun.
- Let dry and hang it on your blank wall!
Or prop it on your mantle.
What do you think? Is this something you could do? I totally believe you can!