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

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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 .
  • 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.
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.
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.
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.
Greg sprayed the back of the stencil with spray adhesive. We like to use Sticky Note Spray Adhesive which can be purchased on Amazon.
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.
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.
Greg made sure he covered the entire design with paint before he removed the stencil from the canvas.
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.
This pretty pattern and pop of color are the perfect way to add interest to blank walls.

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Suggested materials:
  • Radiance Mandala Stencil- 24 inch   (
  • 12 inch Canvas Squares   (Michaels)
  • Wythe Blue- Benjamin Moore   (Benjamin Moore)
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  • Jodi 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?

  • Rebecca H Rebecca H on Nov 10, 2018

    How long did you have to let the first paint dry before you applied the adhesive sprayed stencil to make the 4 taped together canvases! Beautiful works here. My imagination of color schemes are literally running away with me for holiday gifts. Thank you for sharing

  • MPaula MPaula on Apr 02, 2021

    I want to do this! I actually bought a plastic "doily" to use as a stencil in my bedroom. I wonder what it would like if each section was rotated 180 degrees and the points faced the center?


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