Try This: Abstract Modern Art DIY

Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Sometimes I can spend days (or even weeks) on a piece of decorative wall art trying to get a detailed light up marquee or giant gallery wall together. As much as I love to create rather complex ideas, it’s also nice to have some quick tricks I can use to create some art in a matter of a few hours rather than days. I love seeing all the abstract modern art paintings that adorn so many of the mid-century houses, so I thought it would be fun to create a quick version for my own house!

Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Once I found the right size canvas for the spot, I used some painter’s tape to block off a few strategic areas to color in with paint.

Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) A little trick when you are trying to create clean lines with painter’s tape is to first paint over the lines with the color that will be next to the color you are painting in that area. The first coat of paint is usually the one that will seep under the tape a bit and seal the edge, so if that first coat is already the color of the canvas or wall base, you won’t even notice if you have any paint seep through! Since I was going to have the white of the canvas be next to all the color blocked areas, I used plain white acrylic paint and went over all the edges first.

Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Once that paint was dry, I filled in each area with the color paint I had chosen in as many coats as needed.

Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Once the paint had set, I pulled off the painter’s tape to reveal the clean lines underneath!

Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Easy abstract modern art DIY (click through for tutorial) Not too bad for a quick art project, huh? Of course you can use whatever colors and line divisions you want for your painting. I just got the small sample sizes of paint at the store (Valspar Peach Whisper and Almond Glaze and Sherwin-Williams Black Fox), and they were more than enough for this type of project. I would suggest sketching out your design first on a piece of paper (or Photoshop or Illustrator if you know those programs) before marking off your tape lines to make sure you like the pattern first. Hope this helps you add a bit of art to your space! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Forget the art, that useful tip on painter tape!! :O Why did no one told me any sooner, like 15 years ago or something?! 😀

  • So simple and decorative

  • So simple. Love these DIY projects that anyone can do and require no building.

  • I love this! we really need some art in our place, thanks for the tutorial!

    Maggie |

  • Good call. I was just scoping out the prices at Michaels… not bad with a 40% off coupon! 🙂

    Thanks, Laura!

  • Hi Laura,

    It’s amazing. Looking really nice. I like your creative ideas.


  • So easy, but so cool! Thanks for sharing!


  • I usually use coupons and get them at hobby lobby or JoAnns 🙂


  • Where did you source your canvas? Did you stretch it or buy it pre-stretched? I’m always on the lookout for large canvases that don’t cost a fortune!

  • This turned out sooooo awesome! That tip with the painters tape is going to save me so much work. I’ve never heard it before and I always have that problem so thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • It’s a great idea! Need to try!

    Stacy from

  • Very nice! I love doing my own abstract art! I played around with some geometric art with watercolors a few weeks ago. So fun!

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait to try this for my apartment!

  • We’re considering it for the future, but currently we have two posts on most week days.

    xx- Elsie

  • This looks great Laura! I took a fabric painting course recently and we used this technique – it’s fun and simple to do on fabric too. I’ve been intending to do it on some new cushions I’m making for our living room and your post is a great reminder that I need to get on and do it – thanks! 🙂

  • Are you going to a one-post-per-day format? I’ve been missing the post lunch posts! :-

  • Cool! This matches the space perfectly, without needing to spend hours toiling in front of the canvas.

  • This is so simple yet it looks amazing! So simple maybe even I could do it!

  • This looks good! And it’s easy to do, definitely keeping this close x

  • This is so perfect for me right now! I’ve recently been getting back into painting as a release from all my metalsmithing and love this simple idea. Love how you use the painter tape technique for art, I’ve always just thought of it when painting a wall two colors.

    Thanks for the inspiration,

  • This is such a great idea! & it actually looks like something I could make 🙂

  • This looks so cool, and easy to do.

  • So simple and yet so chic! Great DIY guys!

  • Wow, sometimes the easiest things create the best effect. I love this!

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