Image Sneak Peek from Prairie Hive’s Online Magazine, Fall Issue!
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Why yes, its a DIY from Sarah! Probably hard to believe, but this one is so easy even I can handle it. When we visited our Issue 7 “Cool Peoople, Cool House”, I fell in love with the drip painting over fabric that the homeowner had created over the couples fireplace.
I had done something similar at my own home years before in a rush before our house was included in a neighborhood home tour. With nothing over the fireplace and T minus 1 day, it seemed like a perfect quick fix. Since then, I’ve had tons of people ask about it. Taking it up a notch with a fabric backdrop is such a great way to add another layer to the piece, or to incorporate something you already have.
Acrylic paint in 4 or 5 coordinating colors
Step 1: stretch the fabric over the canvas, stapling to the back to create a smooth surface.
Step 2: stand canvas up vertically (or whichever way you want the paint to run) on a drop cloth)
Step 3: squeeze paint from top of canvas and let it drip down. Repeat. Space it out randomly and squeeze varying amounts for a looser look. Alternate colors, adding more as you see gaps. I also found that letting the first round of paint dry, then adding more gives more dimension and can stop the colors from running together as much. If the paint starts to run off the bottom of the canvas, you may want to lay it flat to dry or it can pool at the edge.
Step 4: paint the edge of the canvas where the drips started with a solid color to give it a finished look.
I like the look of the painting hung sideways, for a more dynamic feel. If fabric isn’t your thing, you can always start with a basic painted canvas (shown in the gray/turquoise piece on today’s Great Day Green Country segment) as well.
See? Easy art.
Want to see it in action? Check out our segment on Great Day Green Country!