Original Abstract Paintings Created with Everyday Household Items

To create original abstract art I use fun painting tools that spark my creativity. I’ve made a list of some of the everyday items that inspire my painting style. These items are my starting point for bold modern abstracts. New original wall hangings just happen when I have an open mind.


When I’m painting I just love to apply paint on stretched canvas with baking spatulas, or squeegees for big canvases to get a larger paint stroke. I mix lots of paint colors, in some of those paint colors I add flour to make the paint thicker. I can really build up layers in a contemporary abstract painting that way.

Some days I use squeeze bottles to add thick or thin lines of paint in swirls as a finishing touch on an abstract. Or instead of adding more paint I can take some away with a hairbrush, or comb which leaves a very interesting pattern. If I’m feeling really adventurous I add buttons and beads to the still wet paint as another layer of interest.

If an abstract painting doesn’t come together easily when I’m experimenting, I put it aside for awhile to work on again at a later time and that usually does the trick. See my previous blogs on the creative process called Painting Abstract Art and Being Open to the Creative Process.

The abstract painting Koi shown above is a textured acrylic with red, green, orange and blue swirling brush strokes on a yellow background. Vibrant oranges, reds, greens and blues show Koi swimming in a garden pond. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".