I decided that the bare wall in the bedroom had to go; it's had its heyday for a year, but it's about time for it to retire and me to start decorating. I've seen lots of modern paintings on sale in stores and online, and always thought it'd be fun to try my hand at creating one, instead of buying one for several hundred dollars. So I purchased four decent-sized canvases, some black gesso, and some white acrylic paint. Then I spent some quality time with a ketchup bottle. (Alas, no french fries were involved).
Each canvas is covered with two layers of black gesso. I diluted the white acrylic paint with a bit of water (you could use acrylic medium if your studio's well-stocked), and transferred the paint into a clean flip-top ketchup bottle. I arranged the canvases into a rectangle (the edges of the canvases touched), and then turned the ketchup bottle upside down so that the white paint dribbled through the hole. Then I walked around the canvas. And then I ran. Sometimes I skipped. (I couldn't resist, okay?) I actually started to run out of paint pretty quickly, so I diluted it more and more. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing, it helped give the painting some texture. And then, when the bottle was emptied of all it's contents, I squeezed it a couple more times. This created small spatters all over the canvas. All that's left to do now is let the painting dry, and hang it on a wall.
So without the prerequisite of having any artistic skills whatsoever, I made a fun painting that looks pretty good on an empty wall. And honestly, trying to hang the canvases so that they are straight and evenlly spaced is the hardest part of the project. I think this would be a great project for kids, and just about anyone who can run around in circles and not get sick. Or if you're really lazy, you could just stand there and create circles with your arms, but where's the fun in that?
The bedroom's still pretty lifeless, but at least the painting gives it a boost in the right direction.