If you’re reading this article, chances are you love art just as much as you love music. To you, music is art. Some of you can even see waves of color when music is played. And the colors correspond with the sound of music. Major, minor. Loud, soft. Intense or more gentle.
Have you ever been to a concert or a musical setting where an artist may be close to the stage with a canvas and creates a painting as the song moves along? It really is quite an extraordinary thing to witness. The way paint can shape sound into color. The way the stroke of a brush can give movement to a melody.
Every piece of art tells a story, much in the way that every song tells a story, with or without words.
Perhaps you have always wanted to create, on a medium, the visuals that you see in your mind when you hear music being played. But you find yourself saying, “I just don’t know how to do that.”
It’s easier than you might think and you don’t have to be the world’s greatest artist to accomplish this.
Here are some tips to help get you started making art out of music.
The beauty of art is that it doesn’t limit us to one medium. You can use a variety of materials to manifest your vision. Painting is an obvious option, but it’s not for everyone. Not great at drawing? No problem. You can use materials such as fabrics, wood, or metals to get your point across.
Obviously, you’re going to need some art supplies here, but you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg at an art supply store. You can find many items at craft stores or even the dollar store. It’s all in the knowing where to look. The next time you run your daily errands, keep an eye out for materials that you might want to use. I recommend keeping an inexpensive and modest supply of paints, brushes, colored pencils, drawing paper, small canvases, heavy duty glue, fabrics, beads, metals, and anything else that you want to use to create your art. There are no rules here, the sky’s the limit. You can start small and add as you go along.
Let’s talk about colors:
This will be a no-brainer if you naturally see colors associated with music. You would simply use whatever color comes to mind. If this is not an area you are gifted in, try tapping into your emotions for color instead. Music is notorious for creating emotion. What does the music make you feel? Sad? Joyful? Energized? Contemplative? Pensive? Excited? What color would you associate with that feeling? Red for anger? Green for life?
Once you’ve got your color base, you’re good to go. Again, no rules here. Some prefer complementary colors, some prefer a mix. Don’t feel you need to limit yourself, here. You can use as many colors as you want. And remember that not every piece will be the same. Some pieces you create may use more colors than others. They may be monochromatic or use different hues. Some may be pastel, and some may bright. Some may be a mix of all of those things. It’s all in how you want to present your vision.
If you want to try painting as your medium, but don’t know where to start, take the brush in your hand and close your eyes. What do you hear? Is the music soft or loud? Allow the sound of the music to guide your hand. Light, delicate touches or strong, bold strokes of the brush. Once you get going, you’ll know what to do. Creating your piece of art is the perfect time to let the music to overtake you.
If paint really isn’t your thing, you can try the other materials instead. For example, for a light and sanguine classical piece, you can use a beautiful sheer and flowy piece of gossamer. Is the piece vibrant and “hard” sounding? Use metals. Remember, it’s all about the movement here. Use your materials to give visual motion to the motion of the notes.
So, there you have it. Creating music out of art is something anyone can do whether you are just beginning or old hat. Don’t be afraid to try it and let music develop a new outlet for artistic masterpieces for your inspiring story.
Click on the video at the top for music to help get you started.