How to make drip art

Top Design’s season two winner, Nathan Thomas, created original art for the season finale. The concept was simple: One canvas painted a creamy white and several paint colors to drip down the side of the canvas. It seemed so easy on TV; I decided to try it out in a client’s living room.
A better bachelor pad
I picked up three canvases from a thrift store for 50 cents a piece. True, they were a bit yellowed and dirty, but one coat of flat white paint (paint all four edges too), which I already had on hand, did the trick.

Once the canvases were dry, I stood them up in cardboard boxes so that the left edge of each of the canvases faced me. I used oops sample paints from Home Depot, which I shook vigorously before starting. The small containers made it very easy to control the amount of paint coming out.

Concentrating on one canvas at a time, I slowly started to drip paint down the canvas, making sure it started on the left edge and dripped down the canvas towards the right edge. The key here is to do this part slowly, moving the jar methodically along the edge so you can control how much comes out.

I repeated this same process with each jar of paint until the entire edge of my canvas had paint on it—and streaming across it too. I didn’t touch the canvas after that. My advice: Don’t mess with the drips. Let the paint do its thing. Trying to control the flow with tools or brushes is just going to look messy rather than organic.
Closeup art
After completing all three canvases, I let them dry completely (the edges take a long time to completely dry), then hung them above the couch.