How to Make Abstract Watercolor Art – Pinterest Challenge

Learn how to make abstract watercolor art the easy way! This is an excellent beginner craft or even a project for kids.

It’s that time of year again! Time for another Pinterest Challenge!

I’ve been pinning like crazy and thinking about things the new house needs and came up with a few options, but since I spent all weekend cleaning and unpacking and painting the guest room I didn’t have time to make the Roman shades. What did I make instead you ask? I DIYed some herringbone art, inspired by this pin (originally from Our Humble Abowed) watercolor pinterest art

I started by painting some pictures using watercolor paints. It’s been years since I’ve played with them and it was quite fun actually. After my beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰ pictures were dry, I cut the pictures into rectangular strips. I tried to make the strips as equal in size as possible, but I didn’t measure them.ย I then glued my strips in a herringbone pattern on another piece of standard size computer paper.ย After the glue was dry I trimmed of the edges of the strips that were hanging off the paper.

I had an empty IKEA frame that I never hung up in the townhouse, so I chose a spot on the little brick wall between the living room and dining room (it already had a hook) and hung it there.

There is a lot of white between the frame and the matte, so I’m thinking about trimming the matte so there is more of the painting showing and less blank white space. But overall I really like the look overall.ย And those of you that were cheering for the Roman shades, they are in the works! I should have them finished before the end of the month!

Did you take part in the Pinterest Challenge? What’d you make?!


  1. I love how the project turned out! Although I do think there’s too much white around it. I’d love to know how you trim that though, since they’re usually cut at an angle and I’m never able to replicate that.

  2. Cute! I made bottlecap magnets.

  3. That looks awesome, infact I prefer it to the original Pin! Probably because I am a sucker for purple. I had a bit of a nightmare trying to get my first pin idea to work so gave up and made a map board with pins where we have been. Check it out here I’m off to pin yours to my “to do” board!! xox

  4. That’s a cool little project. You made it look easy.

  5. Very colourful and cheerful! I love playing with watercolour too- it’s been awhile for me as well.

  6. I love this, you did a great job! Once I get in my new house I am on this project for sure! Check out my Pinterest project:

  7. So cute! I love your artwork! And I’m kind of jealous that you got to play around with watercolors. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. It turned out really pretty! What a great idea!

  9. Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove

    Very pretty! I loved when I saw Amanda tackle this project.

    For my project, I spray painted the lamps in our bedroom … they definitely needed the makeover!

  10. Great idea! I like how you cut out the paper instead of taping it off. Clever!

  11. Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic

    Love it!

    I was actually thinking about doing something like this but couldn’t figure out how I wanted to do it (and didn’t feel like going to the store either). It looks great!!

  12. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family

    I love your artwork! I would have never guessed how to make it. It’s been a while since I have worked with water color as well.
    Thankfully, the Pinterest Challenge worked out perfectly for the project we had planned. We refinished our dining room table!

  13. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    So neat! Love how it turned out!

  14. Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design

    this is a sweet project! it looks bright and cheery! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. It’s been fun checking out all the different projects in the Pinterest Challenge. I’ve seen a few of these herringbone paintings, and now I really want one too! It looks like a great way to get in touch with your inner child ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like the colours you used for yours ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Whoops, forgot to mention that I linked up a gallery wall tutorial ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Love it! I especially like it next to the brick… yeay for pinterest!

  18. That looks amazing! I might need to try that.

  19. Very cute! I would have never known that herringbone pattern came from the watercolors. Very cool pattern!

  20. I like it! I’ve seen lots of this kind of project, but I love that you painted your own paper! So much more personal and fun. We have no artwork hung up, so I might have to try this out!

  21. Wow, turned out really well! Nice colors! I love it on the brick wall. ๐Ÿ™‚


  22. How fun! Love the colors!

    I made a sleeping bag for my Kindle. I went all out. ๐Ÿ˜›

  23. very cute! easy to customize to any color scheme/decor too!

  24. What a fun little art project! And you don’t even have kids yet and you’re playing with watercolor paints …



  25. What a fun project for my daughter to do for her bedroom! Love it!

  26. How cute is that?! And it seems pretty easy, too!

  27. Cute and easy, the best kind of project in my opinion! I love the vibrant colors; I bet they spice up that corner of your house. Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!


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