DIY 10-Minute Abstract Art

board, DIY, abstract art, bubble wrap

bubble wrap art, bubble art, board painting

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a fan of acrylic paint. I started out as a watercolor painter, and I tend to get in trouble with my fellow artist friends for watering my acrylics down and using them as if they’re watercolors rather than using them for the benefits that come with acrylics. One thing I will say, though, is that I adore the opaqueness that comes with acrylic. That opaqueness allows for the layering in this quick and easy project. So, lets paint!

1. Prep your canvas or board (for projects like these, I get a $12 board from home depot and have my awesome step-dad cut it into canvas sized pieces. This time, I wound up with 42 smaller boards to work with. I just sand it, prime it, and paint). White gesso comes in large bottles fairly cheap, if you need something with which to prime. 2. Paint your background layer – I chose a turquoise/teal color. 3. Paint a contrasting or complimentary color onto the bubble side of bubble wrap. This turns out better, I think, if you do it unevenly – thicker paint in some areas and minimal or no paint in others. 4. Lightly press bubble wrap onto canvas, being careful not to smear it. Let this dry. 5. Paint the thick end of a plastic cup with a different contrasting color, and stamp the painting with it. Let dry. 6. Paint the rim of the plastic cup with a lighter version of the previous color, and stamp again.

Voila! You have art! Here’s another one I did in grey and yellow for Meghan. ♥

10 Minute DIY Abstract Art


  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. Your creativity is so inspiring! I might have to spend tonight painting. :)

  3. These are great! What kind of boards do you buy from Home Depot for this?

    • If you go look at the board sections, they have ‘Masonite’ and a variety of other hard boards. Avoid plywood, as it’s moisture absorbent and will warp over a short period of time. MDF works, but the ‘Masonite’ version of the hardwood board is the most moisture resistant. Just *try* to get the kind that isn’t slick on one side – the oils on it can yellow over time. Either way, make sure you sand it down first – I just buff it with sandpaper with my hand. The boards are huge – I got 42 smaller boards out of the large one that costs all of maybe $12. ♥

  4. This is a fantastic idea. My daughters wil love this project. The part I’m most impressed with? Finding out that I can get a board for $12 at Home Depot to paint on instead of spending so much on canvas for little projects!

    • Emily – I was an art student in college. You learn real quick on a student budget how to do art as cheaply as possible! ♥ These are so flat you can even frame them.

  5. That’s so cool! I love seeing all of your creations. I never got into acrylics either – I was more of an oil gal.

  6. Great idea! I love the creative use of bubble wrap, too.

  7. Super cute! And it looks so easy :)

    Love Letters 7.10

  8. We did a bubble wrap art project with my son recently- so fun! Yours came up lovely.

  9. I love this idea! So simple yet so beautiful!

  10. so creative!


  1. [...] a couple spare minutes can create something beautiful to hang in your home. Plus, this idea from The Vagabond Studio is easy enough to have your toddler help [...]

  2. […] a couple spare minutes can create something beautiful to hang in your home. Plus, this idea from The Vagabond Studio is easy enough to have your toddler help […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge
Protected with IP Blacklist CloudIP Blacklist Cloud