Create Custom Canvas Artwork In An Hour With A Mandala Stencil!

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$45
1 Hours
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We all have blank walls that could use a little wall art. Unfortunately we are not all artists so today we're going to show you how to easily paint your own canvas wall art using a .
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
  • Radiance Mandala Stencil- 24 inch   (Cutting edge stencils)
  • 12 inch Canvas Squares   (Michaels)
  • Wythe Blue- Benjamin Moore   (Benjamin Moore)
  • After Midnight- Benjamin Moore   (Benjamin Moore)
  • Modern Masters Metallic Gold Paint   (Modern Masters)
  • Stencil Brush   (Cutting edge stencils)

We had a bunch of 12" x 12" square canvases laying around the office. We decided to put them to good use and craft custom wall art using our . The first thing Greg did was tape the four canvases together. then he flipped them over for painting.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
Next he painted the canvas using a technique called colorwashing. It's a faux finishing technique where you blend to paint that are wet.  For this part of the project, Greg used Benjamin Moore's Ben paint in Wythe Blue and After Midnight.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
He painted the lighter color first and started in the center of the canvas. Then he worked the darker blue hue in around the edges. Using a small chip brush, Greg worked the two wet paint colors into each other until they were blended.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
Once he was happy with how the background was painted, he was ready to start .  This pattern is so pretty that you can almost  feel the energy coming from this radiant mandala stencil pattern.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
Greg sprayed the back of the stencil with spray adhesive. We like to use Sticky Note Spray Adhesive which can be purchased on Amazon.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
He carefully placed the stencil in the center of the canvas and patted it down.  The spray adhesive will help hold it in place. Then he began painting the  in a metallic gold using a stencil brush.
If you are recreating this project at home, please make sure you brush off any excess paint onto a piece of paper towel. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
If you are recreating this project at home, please make sure you brush off any excess paint onto a piece of paper towel. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
Greg made sure he covered the entire design with paint before he removed the stencil from the canvas.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
Then he stepped back to admire his beautiful work. Are you ready to see how it all turned out?  Here is Greg's stenciled canvas artwork.
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
create custom canvas artwork in an hour with a mandala stencil
This pretty pattern and pop of color are the perfect way to add interest to blank walls.

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  • Ryan H
    on Nov 27, 2017

    did the spray adhesive on the stencil leave any damage to the background when pulled form the canvas?

  • Jodi
    on Feb 24, 2018

    Once you separated the canvases, how did you paint the inside edges? Since they were taped together, I imagine those were covered and paint didn't blend through. Did you touch them up or leave them white?

  • Jodi
    on Feb 24, 2018

    Once you separated the canvases, how did you paint the inside edges? Since they were taped together, I imagine those were covered and paint didn't blend through. Did you touch them up or leave them white?

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