How to do a fun acrylic painting of an Agate-inspired pattern….

Here’s a little known facts about me,I have a side to me that is a complete science geek. 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. I also noticed it sloooowly creeping into home decor as well, 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!

How to paint an agate inspired paintingI kind of like this project for how fun and messy it is too! And it makes  nice piece of modern,abstract art.

I was very inspired by the patterns in both Blue Agate

Blue agateand Malachite

MalachiteI decided on the Blue agate for this canvas.

It’s really easy, but very messy! So if you like getting paint on your hands, this project is FOR YOU!

Draw lines with your paint to make an agate canvas patternStart by using your paint tubes and “drawing” lines on your canvas, one after the other in the pattern on your “inspiration” stone.

Make a fun agate inspired canvas with acrylic paintAfter 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.

Drag your cardboard across the paint for an agate patternStart at the edge, and with firm and even pressure, pull your flap across your paint, with a bit of a scoop movement to make the agates “waves”.

Drag your card board across your paint to make your patternHere’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!

The extra paint with making lines for an agate inspired canvasSee how much paint your end up dragging off?

Paint covered handsIf you doing acrylic painting right, your hands will always look like this. :)

Let your first set of striations dry.

Start a second one once your paint is dryOnce your paint is dry, you can start on your second pattern the exact same way.

A straited pattern with layered paintIf you do it right and don’t over-blend, you get a great 3-D effect.

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.

easy DIY agate inspired art

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.

gold and metallic glasware as accesssoriesI just love the organic feel to it.

Easy DIY rock inspired patternand it ended up being a really fun project and a fun technique to pay with.

As for art critics;Middle child said she liked it.SOLD!

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  1. 5

    says

    This is such a cool technique. I am an undercover rock lover too. (but I guess I just blew my cover… oops.) You can find geodes and quarts all over my house. Maybe I should add a painting like this to my rock collection.

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    TAMMY says

    I’m curious if you moved your trowel in the same wavy motion as you laid out the paint lines or if you pulled straight across the canvas to get this result? I’m willing to experiment but given the amount of paint that gets used, I’d like to experiment less and get it right more!

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    says

    Hello Jennifer,
    I was wondering if you care if I put a couple of your pictures above on my blog then a link to your page here so they can come here to see the directions? Also how do you do the middle. ? Thanks for sharing this.

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