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Are you obsessed with all the blue home decor that’s currently in stores? I certainly am. For the first time ever I’ve been ahead of the trend since I’ve always loved decorating with blue. And even when it’s no longer trendy, I will still be decorating with it. Blue is my color, always has been!

Anyway, once of my favorite pieces that I’ve recently spotted is this collection of blue Ikat prints from Pottery Barn:

A group of six framed art pieces, featuring 6 different blue fabric patterns, above a side table with various books and decor

Along with this beautiful watercolor print:

A close-up of framed art, created with blue brush strokes in a circular pattern

As stunning as they are, I’m not paying hundreds for  either of them. So instead, I decided to create something myself that has a similar look – here’s my DIY wall art tutorial:

Practicing blue brush strokes on different pieces of paper on a tiled floor

Using the different shades of blue in the PB art as inspiration, I grabbed my paints, some chunky paintbrushes (that may or may not belong to my toddler!) and some watercolor paper and got a little creative. Some brushstrokes here, some brushstrokes there….and I was done.

Three samples of different brush strokes (various blue shades) on white paper

Then all I had to do was cut each piece to size and frame it.

A light brown frame with art featuring streaks of various shades of blue, near a silver lamp and vase of white flowers
Easy DIY Wall Art: Brushstroke wall art
Easy DIY Wall Art, Paint swatch art

You can see how different colored frames create different looks – modern, beachy or dramatic. 

Easy DIY Wall Art in a gold frame

Don’t the blues and greens look so pretty paired with the gold frame, too? 

Easy DIY Wall Art, simple DIY artwork

I made all of these in about 15 minutes using supplies and frames that I already owned. Free art is the best!

Easy DIY Wall Art framed

I’m digging the blues with a pop of green. You should incorporate whatever colors work with your decor – whether that means adding some gray, beiges, pinks, red or whatever your heart desires! Get creative!

Easy DIY Wall Art

Hang your new artwork on a wall or add them to a style shelf or mantel.

Easy DIY Wall Art | DIY artwork

Is this a project you’re going to do? You’ve got nothing to lose – if you can swipe a paintbrush left to right you’ll be able to create your own beautiful DIY wall art!

DIY Wall Art , DIY Artwork , Blue Art Ideas

DIY Shades of Blue Wall Art

Yield: 1-3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

If you can swipe a paintbrush left to right you’ll be able to create your own beautiful DIY wall art!


  • Variety of Blue and Green Paints
  • Chunky Paint Brushes
  • Watercolor Paper


    1. Collect different shades of blue paint, chunky paintbrushes, and some watercolor paper.

    2. Using different brushstroke artwork pieces found online as inspiration, mimic the brushstrokes until you are satisifed.

    3. Let dry fully and then place in a gold frame.

    4. Hang on your wall and enjoy!


This DIY project will take you less time than it takes to drive to the store to buy a piece of art!

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  1. Katherine says:

    AH!! You just confirmed my belief that DIY Abstract Art IS possible and if I may say so, sometimes better than, the over-priced store bought variety. I love that it’s personal and that you feel creative pride, as everyone says “ooooh and ahhhh” over them. I cannot wait until I get to the point in my decorating when I too can create like a “master” ;) Have a great day and love your site!!
    Thanks, Kathy in PA

  2. Those inspiration pieces are gorgeous! I love how you created your own designs based off of them as well. It definitely makes me want to go get some watercolors and watercolor paper.