Here’s a little known facts about me,I have a side to me that is a complete science geek which makes me love this agate-inspired pattern even more. I started collecting rocks when I was about 12 years, and then when I hit 14, I continued kind of secretly until my 20’s, when it wasn’t a very cool thing to do. 🙂 It’s actually how I started making jewelry when I was around 14. I would go to rock shows(not the cool concert kind) and buy gem stones and findings and make creations in my parent’s dark basement for hours. I even subscribed to Rock and Gem magazine. Oh, what was that,what’s hanging out? Oh, my inner geek is showing? Let me tuck that back in, Thanks.:)So, there is still that inner rock lover in there and I thought it would be kind of fun to see if I could mimic the natural patterns of agate in an acrylic painting. I love learning new art techniques with natural form like String Pull Painting to make an abstract canvas.
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I also noticed it sloooowly creeping into home decor as well, like on this pillow, so I wanted to show you how to paint this fun acrylic painting of an agate-inspired striated pattern on canvas. You know I love a good painting project! Like how I used Pouring Medium to make this realistic faux marble table!
I was very inspired by the patterns in both Blue Agate
I decided on the Blue agate for this canvas.
You can watch this video for the basics of the technique, and then see the step-by-step below.
It’s really easy, but very messy! So if you like getting paint on your hands, this project is FOR YOU! You can also see how to paint a brush stroke abstract painting as well.
After you’ve drawn all of your lines, have everything ready. You’ll need lots of newspaper under your canvas to catch the paint you pull off the edge, and a piece of cardboard. I just used a box flap.
Here’s a view from the other side.You might have to re-drag once or twice, but don’t re-drag too many times, it blends the paint too much and you lose some of your line definition. I had that happen with my first pattern and I learned better for my second!
Let your first set of striations dry.
I ended up lining the edges of all of my ‘rocks’ with gold paint to tie everything together.
I also mixed up the colors and patterns a little bit. It was really fun even if it does waste a ton of paint.
I like the pattern on the bottom right the best. It looks the most realistic.3rd times the charm!
I spray painted a little glass dish I had with some gold spray paint to go along with it.
Love the pattern?You can find an agate-inspired pillow here.
For another fun technique, you can learn here how to make a stenciled linen pillow