A Little {DIY} Watercolor Painting for the Living Room

DIY art

When I worked at the art gallery, I always snatched up old frames that were headed for the dumpster for my own use at a further date. I think I actually started hoarding them at one point, as I just couldn’t see these perfectly good -and expensive frames getting dumped because the gallery no longer needed them. However, I’ve had them now for years and it wasn’t until just recently that I decided to do something with one of them.

One of my favorites is this large white washed wood frame and I while I’ve been searching for art to fill it with, the other night I felt like painting. So I took the frame apart and realized I could just use the matte board that was already in there, originally used as backing, as my canvas. I couldn’t find my acrylic paints anywhere so I found an old set of watercolors that I think I’ve had since high school… but they worked! So even though this doesn’t really need a tutorial, I thought it may inspire a little creativity in you, so here’s how I did it.

What it was before…

large frame

I simply removed the matte board…

watercolor painting

And started painting short, stacked lines in various blues {two to be exact} then went through with white and gray to add depth… but it wasn’t quite enough.

DIY blue art

So I luckily found some random blue and white puffy paint {the blue has a bit of shimmer to it} and decided to try an inkblot of sorts. So I created half of a sea-like-looking-creature…

DIY blue and white art

Then carefully folded the paper and opened it…

DIY blue and white art watercolor stencil

Then used it as a stamp in three different areas on top of my watercolors art. The first was the boldest, and the paint became lighter with each imprint, but I liked the added texture and dimension.

diy blue art-3

And Voila!

Easy art.

blue watercolor painting-1

I originally wanted it for the dining room wall, but the size wasn’t quite right and it was a bit light for the space and too reflective. So I set it here, but wasn’t sold. It ended up in the stairwell hallway right behind what you see here.

Happy Friday Lovecats!

I haven’t done a {fashion} DIY in ages and I’m itching to get my hands on a project, I’m just feeling a bit uninspired lately and feel my creativity focused elsewhere, like on the house at the moment.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Guest

    November 8, 2013 |

    OMGoodness………..Creative in a very professional way………..Have a wonderful, peaceful weekend!

  • Jennifer

    November 9, 2013 |

    It came out beautifully!

    xo Jennifer


  • Madeline

    November 11, 2013 |

    This is beautiful! I’ve been looking for some inspiration for paintings to go above my a bookcase in my living room. I may try to copy this with deeper blues!

    Thanks as always for sharing!

  • Olivia

    December 30, 2013 |

    This would brighten up any office space! Instead of using a matte board, I used a lexan sheet to add more transparency and light in my tiny office. The finished product looks so unique!

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