DIY Joint Compound + Paint Sample Art

7 Materials
$5
2 Days
Easy

By the time I finished picking a paint color for my little girl's room I was left with a collection of paint samples that created a beautiful ombre color palette. I decided to combine a fun DIY art project I had seen floating around instagram, highlighted with my paint samples to create a one of a kind piece of art for our living room.

BEFORE

I thrifted this canvas from the local Habitat ReStore, picking it up because it already had some texture on it and was a good sized canvas. It's cheaper to thrift canvases than to buy them new!

Paint Samples

These were all of my paint samples left from choosing a color for my little girl's room. I also used a few acrylic paints from an art set to create a few different shades.

Step 1: Cover The Canvas!

To start I used the lightest color and painted over the entire canvas. Then I began piling on the paint heavily to try to cover some of the texture that was there, in this case the flowers that I didn't want to remain visible in the finished piece.

Step 2: Add Joint Compound Texture

Next I used a scraping blade to apply joint compound to create more texture, continue to cover the flowers, and to make my design. You can go totally abstract here. I've seen people use combs, sponges, etc... Whatever speaks to you. My texture turned into mountains and clouds.

Step 3: Paint to Add Dimension

I mixed some black and white acrylic paint with my paint samples to create some differing shades and tones, and then highlighted the texture to create dimension. I was left with a mountain range and fluffy clouds.

Step 4: Frame! (optional) + Hang

I used some leftover trim pieces from a wall moulding project to create a frame. It's not the conventional type of frame for a canvas, but I like how it looks like the canvas is sitting down in it. I attached the wood trim pieces directly to the canvas frame.

I love the texture!

It's a great neutral piece that could work anywhere in our home.


For more details on this project and this room makeover visit my blog   The Barn Collective, and don't miss out on the play by play action on my   Instagram!

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  • Teri
    on Aug 5, 2020

    Wow I love love love this. What a great idea. I am in awe of those of you who are so creative. Kudos for the inspiration.

  • Tonya
    on Aug 18, 2020

    I love how this turned out! I can't wait to try it! tfs

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