My new apartment came with turquois painted walls, which was nice–but not enough. Rented apartments and dorm rooms can be hard to personalize because of limitations. I’m always tempted by the fancy canvas paintings I see in stores, but they come with quite the pricetag. I’m on a college budget, and there’s not much wiggle room for decorations. Luckily, these cool designs are easy and inexpensive to recreate at home. Follow along as I create a canvas worthy of any chic boutique.
What you’ll need:
- Canvas (any size or depth will do)
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- A quote
Step 1: Prepare the Canvas
I like to first cover my canvas’s with a layer of white paint. You could also use white paint if that was the look you were going for. Doing this helps create a textured layer over the solid white of the canvas fabric. Wait a few minutes for this layer to dry.
Step 2: Paint
I dripped a few drops of a bright color on the canvas and stroked a small brush back and forth to create a paint stroke. Before it dried, I added another color and did the same thing, mixing the colors together. I used a wide assortment of colors and just had fun with it. This process is impossible to mess up. I tried to avoid any harsh edges in the center of the canvas and used a lighter hand towards the middle to create a “wispy” effect. I concentrated my strokes to 1/3 of the painting, but you can cover the entire thing if you wish.
Step 3: Quote
This is where you have to actually wait for the paint to dry before continuing. If you have the patience of a four year old like me, you can use a blow drier set to cool. With a thin paint brush and a stead hand, use white (or black) paint to write out your quote over the painted strokes. Take your time and don’t stress about mistakes, you can always go over it later. I wrote in cursive for my quote, but print could work as well. I think all uppercase text would look particularly bold, but it all depends on the quote you’re using.
Step 4: Admire
If you have a top coat or sealant, feel free to use that. I didn’t, so I just called it a day. Wait for your masterpiece to dry completely–and enjoy!
Have you tried any DIY projects to spice up your space?