Ombre Art {DIY}

Well let me start by saying I have no delusions that I am some kind of artist.  I realize that this will be the second art canvas (and the second ombre thing) that I am posting.  What I actually am is too cheap to shell out dough for all the beauty abstract art that I love.  So I have a tendency to want to make it myself.  If you read my post from yesterday, you have already seen this but I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about what I did.  I did not take any pictures in stages while making it.  But I think ya’ll are smart enough to figure it out without a lot of pictures.

What you’ll need:

1) Paint- I used a mixture of Martha’s multipurpose paint.  You can use ANY paint.  All you will really need is one fairly pigmented or dark color and white.  I used green (obvs) and actually used a few variations of greens ranging from emerald to light aqua but I think it looks best if you don’t used too many different shades.  To simplify things, I will give you directions for if you use one color and one white paint.

2) Canvas

3) Paint brush

4) Plate for your palette, water in a cup for washing of brush, a rag or cloth for drying off brush

2) Start with your color (emerald green for me) and apply a stripe towards the edge of your canvas.  You may want to rinse and dry your brush slightly before moving on so as not to darken your next color.

3) Mix a drop of white in your color and apply another stripe closer to the middle of the canvas and slightly overlapping your first stripe.

4) Continue mixing drops of white into your color and applying stripes as your color gets lighter and lighter and you move over your entire canvas.  I made the choice to make the top and bottom imperfect (particularly the bottom) because I liked the way it looked.  You can do it however you like.

Here is a little glimpse at some art that my sweet friend Taylor made while I was making my ombre art.

Cute right? We were green machines.

After it dried, I used a Martha glittering glue fine tip applicator and some glitter to write a little “love” at the bottom.  That’s it.

Here is the piece that inspired mine along with some other pretty ombre art I found that you can try to replicate.

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This is obviously different than mine due to being a watercolor (and neater).

I found this when I was searching for art to show here and it looks like she did exactly what I did.  Mega beauty.

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This one is obviously not paint but it is cool so I wanted to show ya’ll.  This blog has a tutorial for creating something similar.

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This is done with ceiling medallions.

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  1. stephanie g

    Looks good in your. Bathroom! K

  2. Taylor

    Hehe thanks for the lil shout out. I am a nervous crafter so I need Meg to push me along and tell me everything looks great and is gonna be JUST fine 🙂 I LOVED your canvas and even though you say it’s simple and you’re not an artist, I think it’s just perfect and looks super professional. I’m going to attempt something similar for a gift with a lil tiny dancer on it, although I know it won’t come out as beautiful as yours. Fingers crossed!

  3. C-Cat

    Whats great is….that your piece is actually just as good if not better then the one that inspired yours…..good thinking doing it yourself…..makes it that much more special

  4. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty

    Megs – SHUT IT! That’s the first thing that caught my eye in your bathroom reno pics… I had no CLUE it was a DIY by you! Amaze! Love it… you did a great job and it’s the perfect scale for above the towel racks!

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  7. Stephanie

    Love this!! The teal colors look great. You inspired me to try my own! Check it out at 🙂

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  10. Megan Zudar

    I love the art and the towels. Where are they from?

  11. maria

    this is almost EXACTLY what I have been looking for!! I want to write a quote on top of the ombre green though, I’m thinking with a paint pen, do you think thats okay?? I have never done anything on a canvas or painted, so I am kind of nervous. Please let me know! I really appreciate it! thanks. Any tips welcome s well :)–Maria

  12. Megan

    Hi Maria! Don’t be nervous at all. This is sooo easy and impossible to screw up. Just go for it. I think a paint pen will work perfect. Just wait til the other paint is good and dry before you write over it. 🙂

  13. Maria

    Thank you so much! I did a lime colored one today!

  14. Erin @ The Great Indoors

    Found you via Curbly. Very nice! I’ll definitely keep this one in mind!

  15. Megan

    Thanks Erin!

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  18. Anne@DesignDreams

    Super sweet idea! Just found you at Liz Marie

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  20. Monica

    I totally love you paintings and ideas they came out really nice. Nice placement too. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Janie

    What an amazing DIY project! I think it is beautiful and fantastic. i am no painter, but i can’t wait to try my hand at making one of these!


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  28. Morgan

    What size of canvas is this??

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  32. Kim

    Hi, What type of brush did you use? A “normal” paint brush or a foam brush?



  33. Deb

    I’m late to this game, but wanted to pitch in. If you paint with intent (or heart) and do it with the intention of making something lovely, then you’re an artist.I hope you are still painting. <3

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