This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reeves. All opinions are 100% mine.
Bare walls totally bum me out but so does paying a lot of money for things. As a happy medium I find myself making a lot of my own DIY wall art with supplies I’ve already got on hand, or, can quickly nip out to the craft store to get.
Now unfortunately for my colorful aesthetic I’m not an artist. I took lots and lots of art courses on my way to a graphic design degree and my parents still have some of the things I did back in the day hanging up on their walls but I’m not going to be selling masterpieces out of the trunk of my car any time soon.
To make up for my lack of skill I always go toward the more “abstract” methods of art. And because I’m enthusiastic about my DIY-ing I always try to do something FUN! And so I busted out my Reeves art supplies and took bubble painting out of the preschool and into my craft room and guess what?!? I got a few abstract pieces that when tossed into a simple white on white photo frame look pretty darn amazing. Heck, who knows? Maybe I just could sell these out of the back of my auto!
For this project you will need:
- Reeves Gouache Paint Set
- Reeves Acrylic Paper Pad
- Bubble solution (if out of season mix up your own with dish soap and water!)
- Newspaper or trash bags to protect your work surface
- Painter’s tape (optional)
Now, I tried my hand at these bubble art paintings with 3 different kinds of Reeves paints… acrylic, gouache and watercolor on acrylic and watercolor papers. In the end I decided I preferred the results of the gouache on the less absorbent acrylic paper. Opaque when left alone and transparent when diluted, this paint was the perfect happy medium for bright, contrasting colors while keeping some of that dreamy watercolor-esque blur.
Feel free to experiment and use what creates the results you like the best!
While optional, it is advisable to tape off your paper if you want a nice, crisp edge. Take care that your tape is good quality, though, as anything cheap will have unsightly bleeding (oops!)
Oh, and did I mention to protect your work surface? I think the more messy a thing is the more fun it is, too, but be sure to keep your nice things nice with newspaper or trash bags!
Apply a small amount of paint directly into a paint tray, here I’m using the Reeves Flower Palette.
Add a color for every one you plan to use in your paintings, and feel free to mix up your own custom colors, too! Add a small amount of bubble solution to each color and mix well.
Dip the end of your straw into the paint/bubble mixture and blow through the clean end. You can blow bubbles directly onto the paper as seen above.
You can also blow bubbles from a distance and allow them to fall onto your paper. Big clusters of bubbles will often land on the paper and make the shapes of the individual bubbles and quick individuals will often pop on their way down creating fun spatters.
The more bubbles you blow the more you’ll have to your design. If you’re hoping for some nice clean, white space in your paintings, it’s good to note that as the paper becomes more and more saturated, even on less porous paper, the colors will eventually bleed.
Allow your paintings to air dry. Place underneath a few heavy books overnight to help straighten any wonky edges out.
Sort through your paintings and select the finest for framing! Again, these simple white frames with white mattes are just perfect for my artistic vision!
In the end I framed 4. Two have those defined bubbles…
…and two are super splotchy and very abstract and I’ve been having a ton of fun mixing and matching them together on the wall!!!
Even if, like me, you’re not an artist, you can still make your own fab Bubble Abstract Art Paintings with a little bit of Reeves art supplies and a little bit of lung power!