Easy and Affordable DIY Canvas Art

If you follow my stories on Instagram (@nest.out.west), you’ve seen the endless supply of paint samples I’ve purchased over the past month.


Jason and I have been trying to find the perfect dusty peach for the loft living room we’re renovating, and now that we’ve nailed it, we are left with nine little paint samples, all in various shades of pink and peach.

The other night, I was feeling a burst of creativity, so without knowing what it was I’d create, I hopped in the car and drove to Hobby Lobby. Blank canvases were on sale for 50% off — DING DING DING! I’ll make canvas art for the master bathroom, I thought. (I’m also painting the master bath right now, and its walls are in dire need of some art to complement the new shade.) I grabbed a set of two 8″ x 16″ canvases ($9.99) and a paint brush ($1.99), and as I waited in the check-out line, scrolled through Pinterest to gather some ideas.

One pin that stood out to me was this geometric wall art piece. I thought to myself, Girl, you got this! I got home, laid the canvases out, grabbed three of the paint samples I had sitting in our garage cabinets, and I made my own version (which I like even better than the one I pinned — shhh!).

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Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Blank canvas(es)
  • Paint brush
  • Paint samples (I used three colors, but you can use however many your heart desires)
  • A drop cloth to catch the mess if — err, when — you miss the canvas
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape

Here are the steps:

  1. Place the canvas on the drop cloth. If you’re using two or more, make sure their tops and bottoms are aligned.FullSizeRender
  2. Using masking or painter’s tape, create lines that spread across the canvas(es). I used one long piece to cover the gap between the canvases so I could ensure the lines would align once the tape was removed.FullSizeRender_1
  3. If you want to stick with one paint brush, begin with the lightest color and paint inside the lines (I’m taking you back to kindergarten with this one!).FullSizeRender_2
  4. Rinse the paint off the brush, dab it dry, and then move on to the next shade darker, keeping your paint inside the lines.
  5. Repeat step four.
  6. For a metallic touch, I found some remaining gold spray paint I had from a previous DIY project, and I lightly sprayed the middle portion of my canvases. Don’t worry about staying in the lines on this step; it actually lends a really cool effect if you allow it to make an appearance in multiple spaces. You can also mix paint colors on a paper plate to get more out of the samples you’re using!FullSizeRender_3
  7. Allow the spray paint to dry, then choose a few areas to cover in the colored paint. Try not to goop it on — it’ll likely get under the tape and ruin your clean lines if you use too much paint.
  8. Allow canvases to fully dry, then gently remove the tape. Voila! You are an artíst!IMG_1414
  9. Share on Instagram and tag @nest.out.west! I want to see your masterpiece :D
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