While working on the revamp of the guest room (oldest daughter’s room when home from college) I wanted to add some unique (and cheap!) abstract art. It’s easy to take out a paintbrush and just go for it (find great tutorials here) but instead I decided to get busy with some dollar store nailpolish and created these two abstracts on canvas.
Yes, that is nailpolish! I love the shimmery enamel finish and the raised texture you get when it dries. It’s very Jackson Pollock-ish with the random swirls, drips, and splatters.
To recreate, here’s what you need: a blank canvas from a craft or art store; nailpolish from the dollar store, local pharmacy, or your stash; background latex or craft paint and a foam brush (optional); newspaper or tarp.
This is optional, but I gave the surface of each canvas a coat of white paint with a foam brush to fill in the canvas texture and allowed it to dry.
Start your pour on the neighboring newspaper so you get a feel for the consistency of the nailpolish and a nice drip on the edge of the canvas, then just randomly start pouring it in thin or thick lines to your liking, criss crossing and dripping across the canvas.
Tip: only do 2 colors at a time and allow to dry for 30 minutes in between layers! This is one of those projects you have to come back to a bunch of times throughout the day but if you don’t want your swirls mixing together and want them crisp and layered, walk away after two applications, then come back and repeat.
Nailpolish has a hard enamel like finish and the metallics reflect in the light. I stopped after I used up the single bottles of nailpolish but you could use more and make it extra colorful and layered. The end result from all your patience? Some very cool artwork, for cheap!
A few of you asked about the gold striped vase – that was a simple combination of a freebie glass vase wrapped with ScotchBlue painter’s tape and sprayed with a coat of Krylon’s ‘Gold Leaf’ spray paint.
The two combined (plus the framed marbled paper) make an inexpensive vignette above the blue dresser. Sweet!