I’m not one of those people who is going to give you a definition of art. I’m one of those people who thinks that art is in the eye of the beholder and that every person should be allowed to define that for themselves. That is not to say that I don’t notice the differences between a Rembrandt and a velvet painting (which can totally have their place!) I also understand that most of us would like to have original artworks by amazing artists hanging on our walls, but more times than not, cost for original art is prohibitive.
Since I’m in the market for some DIY art, I’ve pulled together some modern art inspiration from all over the crafty parts of the internet and I’m sharing my favorites with you. Hopefully I’ll be busting out canvases soon to make my own DIY modern artworks!
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These amazing black and white pieces from Kristen F. Davis Designs are very simple but high impact. All you need are two canvases and black and white paint and you’re ready to knock these modern beauties out. There is no tutorial, but lots of pics to help you imitate the look.
I love these brightly colored dots, especially when one color blends into the next! And what makes this piece so high impact is the amazing floating frame that surrounds it. The tutorial at Art Bar is easy to follow and while they have only the single piece alone, I think a good 3-4 would be so amazing! Circle Paintings + Floating Frame.
I have a secret… I love West Elm. I have ANOTHER secret… I don’t often peruse the website just because everything is so expensive. But why not DIY when it’s too expensive to buy? This West Elm inspired abstract piece shows you how to make a gigantic canvas for next to nothing and the painting is a collaborative effort of one crafty mama at Bliss at Home and her two boys. So sweet!
I have absolutely no problems ripping of artwork of the masters. I don’t care for prints and I’m never going to have the kind of money you’d need to purchase an original (case in point, this one sold for $87 million in 2012) so DIY version is right up my alley! See how to make your own DIY Rothko Ripoff at Dans le Townhouse.
While most of the tutorials and projects in this post are paint related, why not toss in some modern paper craft? This woven paper artwork from Craft Tuts + is really awesome and totally brings me back to childhood!
I so often see things in store displays and love them but then I don’t think about it any more. But why the heck not? A similar piece was spied in J. Crew and the team over at Spark Living decided to recreate it. If you can work an x-acto knife and a hot glue gun, you can totally rock this out.
This is another DIY modern art piece from Tanya at Dans le Townhouse and I love it. The process is so simple that anybody of any skill level could accomplish this easily. Simple but Striking Painting.
Nope, you’re not seeing double… This is a very similar tutorial from 110 + 2 and is actually inspired by the piece above. I decided to share them both because they’re both great and different in very subtle ways. DIY Diptych
Do you have lots of paint left over from your home decor? It seems that I always buy one full gallon too much or too little so I totally understand! This is a simple, messy and super fun way to use up that paint and have some pretty marbled art that totally throws off an abstract vibe at the same time! Get the tutorial over at The 2 Seasons.
These particular pieces from Oh Happy Day are amazing and I want them desperately. But luckily the full process is shared so that we can make our own. THIS – How to Make Abstract Art – is totally happening.
The great news about geometric things being totally in is that they are totally easy to imitate and bring onto your walls with DIY. Check out this easy and affordable art from See That There. Oh, and I had the hardest time choosing which of the two images to share from this post – there is another one that is absolutely wonderful, too!
I’ve been desperate to try and think of a place that these Mid Century Modern Wall Sculptures would work well in my home and I’m thinking right above the fireplace! I love the subtle color changes from black and white to gold and these things are so easy that it’s just ridiculous. Get the full tutorial at Design Sponge.
This is another one of those amazing pieces, mostly because the color selection is dead freaking on and another artistic post from House of Earnest. While there is no DIY to actually recreate the painting, there is good info for repurposing a wall hanging that you find on sale or at the thrift store! Dining Room Art.
This is one of the projects I first took notice of that made me think, gosh, it would be awesome to be a blogger! It just happened to pop up in my search results and every time I see this image, I’m automatically back to that time and place when I just knew that this was the most genius piece of DIY artwork ever. This large scale text uses shoe polish. How artistic is that? Get the full project from the very talented Alisa Burke.