DIY Canvas Art- Decor and Sentiment

6 Materials
2 Hours

Oh, I just love this new DIY canvas art. I love that it is so large in scale, and that it has our family members names engraved inside of it.

Materials you'll need:

Drywall Compound, Paint, Small Drywall Joint Knife, Large Canvas (36x48), Scouring Pads, Gloves, Wood, Paper Plate, Paint Stir Stick

Mix Some Compound and Paint

Drywall Compound

First you will need to try out the texture that you prefer, by putting some drywall compound on a plate and mixing some paint in.

Mix For Your Desired Texture

Next, Spread the Compound

Start Spreading Around

There is no Rhyme or Reason about this technique, I just used a drywall knife to spread the mixture around randomly.

Keep Adding More Compound

Play Around With Texture

When I was spreading the compound, I was getting more of a gray colour and the compound was thinning out. I wanted it to be more 3D, and I wanted it to have more texture, so I just kept adding more compound and paint.

More Texture

Create Texture With a Scouring Pad

Once the canvas was covered in compound and I liked the colour, I created a textured pattern using a scouring pad.

See the video below for how I did this.

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Scour Pad For Texture

Drywall Knife to Flatten

Drywall Knife to Flatten

I used to drywall knife to flatten a design on the wet compound.

Create a Design

Flatter Texture to Create a Design

You could leave the drywall compound with scraped texture all around it, or you could use a drywall and naive to create a flat surface for added details.

Use a Toothpick To Write Names

Make it Sentimental

This is where I got sentimental. I used to toothpick to carve out my name, and then my kids and husband did the same and put their names into the design. The nice thing about this is that it is so discreet and you can't see it unless you look. It'll now be a art and a family heirloom.

Finish Off the Edges

Paint The Sides

You may decide to paint the edges for a nice clean look, even if you are going to be framing it. You don't have to put a frame around it, I did because it adds a really nice look. But this would be fine with just painting the edges and hanging it on the wall.

Frame It For a Rich Look

Frame It

I used 1x2 finished pine and then stained it.

Mixed Up Stains

Used the Mixture

I used my favorite mix of stains to create a rich brown look for the framing.

Hope you liked this easy, modern and unique art idea.

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2 of 10 comments
  • Debster011
    on Jul 8, 2020

    So cool! If you didn’t put your name on it I bet your guests would imagine you paid a fortune for it!

    on Jul 8, 2020

    Wow, thanks, I totally appreciate that sweet comment😘

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