Art Attack: DIY Abstract Art

diy abstract painting

Break out your paint brushes and palette knives, it is time for an art attack! To help add some colour to the ignored upstairs hallway I made this colour-field inspired abstract painting using reds, pinks and gold. Learn how to DIY your own with my step-by-step guide.


  • A canvas
  • White acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Fluorescent Magenta acrylic paint
  • Purple acrylic paint (or mix red and blue)
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • A surface to mix paint on such as a palette, plastic container etc..
  • A palette knife
  • Spray gloss (or gloss paint medium) *optional


Paint a fresh coat of white paint over the entire canvas over the existing primer to get a bright crisp white. Using your paint brush cover ¾ of the painting in red. While the paint is still wet, add purple, magenta and white vertical streaks with a paint brush to give some depth. If you want your accent streaks to be bolder, apply a thicker coat, or wait for the red paint to dry abstract painting

Using a palette knife, add some gold accent on the red paint near the edges.

DIY Abstract Art

Using your palette knife drag the gold paint down 2-3” downwards starting where the red paint meets the white. The gold paint should be applied slightly thicker to give texture.

DIY Abstract Art

To complete the painting add two coats of glossy spray paint to help protect it from sun damage, or use gloss medium mixed into your paint directly to give a glossy finish. DIY Abstract Art

Here is the completed painting in the upstairs hallway between one of the bathrooms and two bedrooms. Although it is hard to tell in this photograph the artwork is very glossy and has tons of texture.








  1. Santa
    August 6, 2013 / 9:40 pm

    I enthusiastically approve of the colour! 🙂

  2. Sarah_L
    August 7, 2013 / 2:37 am

    That’s fun! I love the color and the texture!

  3. Alyssa Wine
    August 8, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    so beautiful! I love that it’s an easy tutorial and what a big impact it makes! I found you via Southern Lovely linky. I’d love it if you came and said hi at my place sometime 🙂

  4. August 8, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Hi there! Thank you so much for linking up to the Friend Connect Blog Hop. I had a blast co-hosting this event. I would love it if we could keep in touch with each other and follow each other. I’m following you via bloglovin.


    PS>>> This tutorial is awesome. I plan on trying it.

  5. March 13, 2015 / 1:26 am

    Good thing to start with. This step-by-step guide will surely help the beginners.

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