24 DIY Canvas Ideas To Unleash The Artist In You

by craftmin | December 31, 2017

Have you always been fascinated with the arts? Maybe you have those days too, when you feel like you’re a pro and can do any art work in the flick of a finger. You would buy art stuff and start doing something. And then those “expectation vs reality” posts. Do your works often fall into that category? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Being the frustrated artist that I am, I usually watch free tutorial videos on how to draw, to paint, and the likes. I even enrolled in a Craftsy class on how to do self portrait. But still, no Pinterest worthy results to post. The artist in me almost wanted to give up. But thanks to these DIY canvas art ideas, I think I have finally unleashed the artist in me.

Don’t Give Up On Art Just Yet

Looking at other people’s art works inspires me. Some people find it therapeutic to look at beautiful, colorful art works. It gives them calm, much more when they are the ones making the art. Have you heard of Art Therapy? It is believed that art can improve ones physical and mental state, even their emotional well being. Did you know that there are mental health professionals that use art and its creative process for therapeutic purposes? Interesting, right?

DIY Canvas Wall Art Ideas

Now that you know how art can bring good to you and your walls, get up and prepare your materials. Get ready for these DIY canvas art ideas that I’m sure you’ll love. Here they are and try them for yourself. Don’t forget to stock up on canvases for all these art ideas!

1. The Messy and Beautiful, Drip Paint

drip painting diy canvas

If you think you’re not good at drawing, then try this DIY canvas art idea from Ana of  Take the Side Street. I personally like how her project turned out. There’s that rugged feel to it, yet still cool to the eyes. I think it’s because of her choice of colors. All you need for this art project are canvas, some craft paints, spray bottle, and a whole lot of optimism and creativity.

2. Old Painting Restyling

simple canvas painting. diy canvas

If you’re not in the mood for some artistic thinking, but really need an art done and fast – restyle and old painting. It’s like recycling an old painting or an old project of yours into something better, up to date or whatever it’s called for. You can just add some details to get a painting upgrade. Make sure to have colors that will match or go nicely with the walls you’re going to hang it to. Check out what Katarina did to her old college painting. Looks intimidating but really, it’s very simple. Her tip is to use some gesso to cover up some images that you don’t need for the new painting. By the way, gesso is the white primer used to prepare canvases. You can easily find them on arts and crafts supply stores.

3. DIY Canvas and Fabric Wall Art

All People Quilt DIY Canvas

Do you have fabrics you’re not using but can’t seem to find the heart to dispose them? Then turn those fabrics into fabulous art wall decorations! You can visit All People Quilt to find out how they turned artist’s canvases and fabrics into these beautiful wall arts.

4. Canvas Prints

Canvas printer silhouette collection DIY canvas

What’s the good in technology if we can’t use it to make art, even on canvas. Canvas printers are available to create beautiful reproductions of original paintings on stretched canvas. To make personalized DIY canvas art using your photos, put them in a collage like in this idea from Canvas Printers’ Silhouette Collection. You can use your mobile collage maker apps to help you with this project.

5. Textured DIY Canvas Art

textured art by happy together diy canvas

What can you do with some acrylic paint, modeling paste and a canvas? Learn how Jessica from Happy Together turned these materials into this very interesting textured wall art. You can use anything in your house to create those textures, just don’t forget to clean them afterwards. I think the best part here is that the crazier the textures get, the better the canvas gets when painted.

6. Hearts in Art

paint chip heart art diy canvas

Now, this is an art with a LOT of hearts. With the use of just a heart craft puncher and some paint chip samples, Jen made this lovely DIY canvas wall art. She used foam adhesives to stick the hearts on the canvases. See how the foam adhesives gave this art some dimension?  Really neat and clever idea, if you ask me.

7. Fashionable Calendar Art

Etcetorize: Calendar Art diy canvas

Do you have those calendars with beautiful pictures on it? Some paintings from known artists or maybe photos of desserts you would love to eat. You can save your goodbyes to these photos by making them into an art work! And that is what this art idea from Etcetorize is. Tamara loves shoes so much that she bought this Page-A-Day shoe calendar. But does she have to say goodbye to those shoe photos when the new year comes? I think not with this brilliant art idea.

8. Clever Chevron Painting

gold chevron paintings diy canvas

You don’t need to buy those expensive stencils to create elegant masterpieces. Just look at this gold chevron painting from Jess Lively. Jess just used a painter’s tape to create the chevron stencil. Clever, right? She suggests using a credit card to smooth the tape stencil well on the canvas. This technique prevents the paint from seeping or bleeding inside the tape stencil. It would also help if you use a relatively thick paint instead of the runny ones to minimize the bleed as much as possible.

9. Creative Family Portrait

family portait diy canvas

Have your family portrait the unconventional way with this DIY canvas art idea from Corner House. Laura in her blog replaced their family photos with her own family portrait art. She used love birds to symbolize her and her husband, then 4 little birds for their kids. You can get all creative with your own family portrait. I am just in awe of how the canvas looks almost invisible on the wall. It looks like the green paint was painted straight into the wall, just leaving out those branches and bird outlines.

10. Tic-Tac-Toe Canvas Art

sectioned canvas wall art diy canvas

This art idea from Adorkable Duo is made from their own photo, divided and printed into nine small canvas prints. This style of art is called Sectioned Canvas Wall Art. With this style, you can pretty much just print any photo that you like into canvas. You can be creative as much as you want. More ideas on how to do this style here.

11. Circles Canvas Art

concentric circles diy canvas art

The crazy, bright colors of this canvas art painting are just calling me! Stay At Home Artist said this was a fairly quick project. It was such a fun and easy art, that even kids can do it. Of course, you can change the colors to what you like. But I think I will recreate this art with the same colors. I just have to find a way on how I can add my personal touch to it.

12. Stripes, Anyone?

stripes diy canvas art

Another clever art idea with the use of a painter’s tape. Look at just how lovely this art came out. Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady used the same color scheme in her house for this art project. Make sure to check out her blog to find out how she dealt with paint bleeds in this DIY canvas wall art.

13. Nifty Flower Canvas Art

paper cuttings diy canvas art

Craft Warehouse used some scrapbook paper and Mod Podge in this DIY canvas art project. You can pretty much use any paper on this one, like old gift wrappers. Experiment with this idea to get a different look or vibe. Just make sure that the designs or colors of the paper you will use will look good together.

14. Herringbone Wall Art

herringbone wall diy canvas art

Scrapbook paper is popular for crafters and DIYers alike because of the many designs and patterns to choose from. In this art idea from Burlap & Blue, they used scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, foam brush, canvas, and scissors. As I’ve said before, you are free to use any paper you have for this kind of project. You can use construction paper, art paper or spare gift wrapping paper if you have. I just thought Washi Tape would also give you the same effect as scrapbook paper. It also has plenty of designs to choose from and available in almost all arts and crafts supply stores.

15. 3D Wall Art

3D scarp paper diy canvas wall art

This colorful 3D wall art from A Little Hut is made from scrap paper. The idea came to mind to make use of those scraps of paper from her finished projects. Cut scraps of paper into leaf shapes or any shape that you want, but not all at once. Variations on cut-out sizes will make this art work more appealing. Check out the blog for the step by step tutorial.

16. Honeycomb Wall DIY Canvas

honeycomb diy canvas art

Perfect for a  baby’s nursery, a kid’s bedroom or playroom. This art idea from Positively Splendid used some contact paper to create those hexagon shapes for the honeycomb design. For the letters and the bee, you can use stickers available in arts and crafts supply stores.

17. Wall Filler Art

DIY canvas wall art

Do you have walls that need a paint job, but your budget just won’t allow you to? Then try this art idea from Beach Brights. The art gave the walls a lift, a focal point. This does the job until you have the budget for a paint job if you still want it.

18. Simple And Quick Canvas Art

simple and quick DIY canvas art

Who said you need a lot of money to get a beautiful work of art? This art from Mindy of Finding Silver Linings just cost her a total of $4.99. Cool, right? Just grab some old fabric and use a staple gun to secure it on a canvas. Voila! An instant art work.

19. Triangles and Potato Stamp

potato stamps DIY canvas

I remembered how we used to make potato stamps when we were little kids. This art idea by Lola Gavarry is sure to bring some nostalgia of your happy childhood. If you have children, ask them to do the stamping part of the project. This for sure would make one memorable piece of art.

20. Circle Labels Wall Art

sticker label diy canvas

I wonder where they used those round sticker labels in stationery shops. I think they are too small to put labels on. Then I see this. For sure this is not the intended use of those stickers, but who cares. This art from Just Kali Rae sure made those circle sticker labels into good use.

21. Drips on Abstract

drips on abstract diy canvas

The drips on abstract style in this art by Kristen F David Designs made a beautiful combination. Create this art work with some swirls of the brush here and there. And then be amazed at how a simple art can bring so much life into a room.

22. Handprint Art

handprint art diy canvas

From small keepsakes to decorating the walls, this art just never goes out of style. Here’s a twist on the old handprint art idea. If you want to try this DIY canvas art project, check out Fab Art DIY for more design inspirations.

23. Brush Dab Technique

dab brush technique diy canvas

Look at how classy this art looks like. Would you believe it was made just by doing some quick dabs of a paint brush? And the choice of colors made it more elegant!

24. Pet Canvas Art

diy canvas pet art print

Show how much you love your pets in your art works. Try this idea from Everyday Dishes. Make use of your favorite pet photo and turn it into this wonderful piece of art. Choose a photo showing your pet’s clear outline for easier cutting. Why buy those expensive pet arts when you can make your own? This even makes a good gift idea to fellow pet lovers as well. That, or a great business idea if you come to think of it.

We hope these ideas will make you want to cling to the artist in you. And don’t forget to have fun while doing these DIY Canvas art ideas.

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