DIY Ombre Abstract Painting

October 20, 2015


Is ombré still “in”? I’m not sure how it all started, but I remember in the last year or two ombré (or anything blended in color, from light to dark) was sooo very popular, whether it was hair color, nail art, furniture painting, wedding cakes, and even clothing styles – ombré seemed to be showing up everywhere! I have to admit, I really wasn’t a big fan of ombré hair in particular (since to me, most of the time it just looked like bad roots :X), but I did love it in cakes, desserts, and occasionally in clothes and home decor. I noticed that the times that I did like it was when it went along with an aesthetic that I prefer, which is very clean and modern.

This DIY painting is my interpretation of ombré in a bright, office setting. If you’ve seen my past DIY paintings, I’ve stuck to pretty monochromatic color schemes and so I felt like it was time to add some color. I got the idea for this specific color combination and arrangement from a throw pillow I saw on Pinterest (of course!), and it translated to canvas and paint quite nicely, if I do say so myself! I love that it’s delicate and sweet, but is strong from the black borders.

Read on to learn how to make this yourself!


stretched canvas (I used a 16″ x 16″) / acrylic paint in white, pink, purple, and black / paint brush


1. Place your canvas down on a protective surface so you don’t get paint on your floor or table.


2. Starting about 1/2 of the way down on the canvas, paint a wide section with pink paint, filling in about 1/4 – 1/3 of the canvas (as shown below).

Feel free to leave it a bit streaky and uneven, since this gives your painting a bit of texture and you will be going back over this area of paint again later anyways. Make sure to apply a good layer of paint in this section so that it doesn’t dry too quickly, and remember to paint all the way over to the sides of the canvas as well.

3. Without waiting for the pink section to dry, clean your brush with water and paint a section of right above the pink section with white paint. As you paint along the pink section, allow the white and pink paint blend together to start creating an ombre effect.

4. Rinse your brush again with water, and then go on and paint a light section of purple above the white section, leaving about 1 inch from the top edge of the canvas unpainted. Just as you did in the previous step, allow your brush to blend where the purple and white paint meet to create more ombre effect.

5. Using your brush that now has a mix of white and purple paint on it, move down to the bottom of the canvas and paint a section right below the pink painted area, leaving about 1 inch from the bottom edge of the canvas unpainted.

Add more purple, white, or pink paint as needed to make more of the ombre effect.

A great tip to help your paint blend more smoothly is to dip your brush in water to get it slightly damp. This helps to re-wet your paint so it can blend together better. Just make sure not to get it too wet!

Once you’re happy with this light section of your painting, you can move on to adding the black accents. You can always go back to this area to touch it up later.

ombre-wall-art-diy-9 6. Using a clean brush, paint the remaining 1 inch of the top and bottom sections of the canvas with black paint.


Remember to also paint the edges!

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7. Just like in the previous sections, gently blend the black and light purple paint sections together to create the ombre look.

ombre-wall-art-diy-138. Go back and add paint or re-paint any sections you’d like to touch up or smooth out.

9. Let dry completely and then you’re ready to hang!

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What do you think of ombré? If you like modern DIY decor as much as I do, check out my DIY black and white canvas art and DIY triangle wall art!

Thanks for stopping by!

2 thoughts on “DIY Ombre Abstract Painting

  1. jack

    Hola! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally
    got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas!

    Just wanted to mention keep up the good work!


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