#TryThis Morris Louis Your Mug

Even if your office is perfect, you might want to spruce up your mug for a bit of a change. This project is inspired by American painter Morris Louis, whose works feature large expanses of dripped paint. Louis poured diluted acrylic onto unprimed canvases, the surface becoming a document of the interactions between poured layers. The washes of color in his paintings were celebrated by viewers and critics alike. More of Morris Louis’ works can be seen at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, who also holds his archives. This interview by Dr. Sophia Bloom offers an interesting reminiscence about the artist.

White mug
Cardboard box
Nail polish

This project can be done outside or where there is good ventilation. Find a white mug and an old box.

1. Louis used diluted acrylic paints, but we’re employing old nail polish. This project is a great use for the old green, yellow, or primary colors you don’t feel like wearing anymore.

2. Drip the nail polish from one edge of the mug. If the nail polish is thick, you might need to thin it with acetone.

3. Let the mug dry thoroughly.

4. Enjoy your art inspired home office.

#TryThis is made possible with support from PNC, the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation, the Alan and Janice Woll Family Fund, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Peg’s Foundation, Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation, Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, Charles E. and Mabel M. Richie Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine.



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