DIY Abstract Printed Canvas

Good afternoon, friends! It's midweek, and the temps are climbing, the days are getting longer, and spring doesn't feel like the too-distant future anymore. That means that it's time to brush off the dust of winter and start sprucing up for spring. I thought what better way to take advantage of your added post-work daylight than to do a simple (and fun!) DIY project for the home.

I was inspired (as always) by a recent trip to West Elm where I found myself once again looking at a piece of wall decor that I thought I could save some $$ and recreate myself. All you need is a few simple supplies and you can have a piece (or two!) of handmade art in your home in under an hour. Simply pick up the size canvas you want to use - I used two square 20" x 20" canvases. Then make sure you have a tube of acrylic paint, a large-ish brush or foam craft sponge, and some construction paper or cardstock.

I began by measuring out the layout of my canvases, by tracing very lightly in pencil. I'm going with this square-shaped gridded design. Then, I cut out the shape of each design element - a sort of half moon, in my case and used them to mark my layout. Now, once you're measured and ready to paint, simply follow the shape of your half moon with a brush to make a design that looks like this:


For the second canvas, I chose to do the inverse. This is where the cutout shapes come in. Layed out and gently masking taped onto my canvas, I used them as a negative-stencil, and painted over them with paint. Then lifted each to reveal the white canvas underneath.


When dry, they really are a totally unique piece of custom artwork that can stand alone or together. Remember to embrace the imperfection of it! That's what makes it uniquely yours! For decor ideas, use them stacked or side-by side. I think I'll be using mine in lieu of a headboard above my bed. They would also make a great addition to a gallery wall or leaning on a picture rail. I love simple abstract pieces like this because they can truly go just about anywhere. Versatility is key.

If you're at all interested in saving a little money but getting a fantastic payoff, really give this DIY a try - it's not at all difficult, and I'm sure you'll be glad you did! Don't forget to tag me on social if you do. I can't wait to see what you come up with! Cheers!