My daughter asked for an abstract painting that was in three parts, but one. Custom sized “wood canvases” would work for the three parts, but what would look good as an arch over the TV. I thought of a flower trellis, a bridge, but decided an abstract angel would accent her shabby chic bedroom. And who doesn’t want an angel watching over them while they sleep. As always I will be happy to make you one, but here is a tutorial if you want to DIY.
- wood paneling about a quarter each thick
- 1×2’s…the amount depends on how big you want your pictures
- wood glue
- air gun nailer
- brad nails and staples
- paint and stain
Now if you have a table saw, you can cut your panels to size. Other options are having the nice man at Home Depot do it for you. But if you have reclaimed wood paneling like this, that is out of the question. And while I do have a table saw, I had stuff on it yesterday and didn’t have time to move “stuff” around. So I used my jig saw. I measured 32 inch marks twice and drew a straight line with a straight edge. Then I did the same thing for 17 inches.
Once the panel is cut, I added the “frame” by adding 1×2’s to the back. I love anytime that I don’t have to measure and this is one of those times. I simply placed the 1×2 under the panel and marked.
Once I cut these, I put a strip of glue on it and attach it to the wood panel with 1 inch brad nails from the front of the panel. I used an air gun nailer, but you can just use finish nails and a hammer.
I also nail the corners from the side to add stability
And since this is 3 parts, we will repeat this 3 times at the custom size that works for your space.
Then I stained the 1×2’s with Minwax’s dark walnut. This gives the visual illusion that the art is painted on a thick slab of walnut.
I like to prime the wood with Kilz latex primer to allow an even coverage of the paint colors. Also, since I used reclaimed wood as much as possible, it hides a multitude of past stains.
Finally the “wood canvas” is ready to add the art work.
Next I laid all three wood canvases out and penciled in my angel.
I like to paint the background first. I try to use the colors I have on hand and tonight Annie Sloan’s duck egg blue won the background spot.
Using acrylic paint, I added “feathers” to the wings. Highlights added with gold, copper, black, gray, brown and flesh colors. Just keep going to it looks right to you. There is no wrong way…it’s what you like. Use the colors that accent your own room colors.
Have fun! Send me pictures of your art. I would love to post!