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DIY GIFT: DRIP PAINTING

Posted on December 16 2015

Today we’re being crafty!

I’m going to show you how to create a super cool painting that looks really difficult to do, but is actually super easy!

All you need is

  1. a canvas,
  2. paint in your choice of colours, 
  3. paintbrush,
  4. palette or paper plate,
  5. easel or something to lean your canvas on,
  6. and the secret ingredient… drumroll please… a spray bottle filled with water! 


I chose to use various shades of pink and purple for my painting, because I’m girly like that. ;)

This project is definitely going to be messy, so you’ll want to cover the ground with something to protect it. 

To start, squeeze a generous amount of your first colour onto your paint palette. Then scoop it up with your paintbrush and apply it liberally to different spots on the very top edge of the canvas. This part doesn’t have to be neat. Repeat with a few more colours in different spots along the top.

Now comes the fun part! Pick up your spray bottle and start spraying the paint with water. It will start to run down the canvas, and this is exactly what we want!

 

It’s not going to look pretty at this point, and that’s ok!

This project is all about layering the paint, and spraying it with water after each layer. 

Keep adding more paint to the top of your canvas.

Keep spraying with water. Paint. Spray. Paint. Spray.

See a pattern here?

Now, you can totally stop here and leave the painting as it is with this cool drippy effect.

I decided to give it a little bit of something extra by adding in some gold liquid gilding.

 

I did the exact same thing with the gilding as I did with the rest of the paint; I painted some at the top of the canvas and sprayed it with a little bit of water, adding more as I needed.

The gilding gives an awesome metallic effect over top of the acrylic paint, which I love!

And that’s it! It’s so easy to do, seriously. I love how it turned out, and I think it looks so professional. Tell
me what you think in the comments below, and if you try this yourself, tag me on Instagram.

 

2 comments

  • Nicole: December 16, 2015

    Amazing Jess! Quick question, do you let it dry between layers?

  • Sharon Wagner: December 16, 2015

    Great job, Jess! It’s gorgeous!!

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