I love doing projects just as much as the next DIYer, but sometimes we need a simple, and impactful one that is easy to do. The DIY textured painting I attempted in this blog post had all the potential to go wrong, but is a very forgiving process.
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Step 1-Canvas Size and Materials Needed for Textured Art
When picking your canvas size, I recommend measuring the space in which your textured canvas art is intended to hang. If you are using a previous canvas for which to use for plaster art, like I am, gather these materials:
- canvas or a previously owned art piece
- paint-I used a mixture of acrylic and latex I had in my crafting stash
- joint compound
- putty knife
- texture maker-I used a paint spatula to make plaster artwork on the canvas
- Some sort of sealer to protect your textured art
Step 2-Laying a Base for the Plaster Artwork on Canvas
Making a DIY textured painting works with a new canvas or improving an old piece of artwork. A base coat of paint or primer helps to prep your surface for the textured art.
I used some white latex paint I already had on hand. Latex paint, acrylic paint, or even primer will do, just something to give you a white base to work with.
Step 3-Applying Texture to Canvas
Now for the fun part! I used the putty knife to place small globs joint compound all around the canvas. It’s really easy to spread this way. There is really no rhyme or reason to what you are doing, just smooth the plaster around til you are happy with the texture.
This is when I took my paint spatula and started to play with the texture making the diy textured painting of your dreams! Or at least trying your best! Work quickly, there is not an unlimited amount of time before the compound starts to dry.
You can also use something called Gesso for Acrylic Paint. It works in much the same way as joint compound or spackle. Add a light first layer onto the canvas and let dry. This is the priming layer, so a base coat of paint or primer is not needed with this product. Add a second layer of gesso. While still wet, use your texture maker to make impressions and patterns before drying.
Step 4-Let the Plaster Art Dry
After you are happy with the texture of your textured canvas art, leave it to dry. I know this is hard, but I let mine dry for a good 2 days before I painted the design on my textured canvas art. I thought it was dry after about 12 hours, but my daughter proved that wrong with her fingerprints in the wet compound.
Step 5-Paint Your Textured Wall Art
To add even more texture, you can mix acrylic paint with a little cornstarch. Another popular trend is to add flour or baking soda to your paint for added texture. One other element you can add to your paint for added texture is sand, specifically silica sand.
All of these elements add a gritty texture to your paint so your textured art can have even more depth. How much you add of any of these elements depends on your preference and how much paint you are using.
I painted a very abstract, looks good from far away, “landscape” but I’m really happy with how my DIY textured painting turned out. For paint, I used a mixture of latex paint and acrylics I had on hand at home. I chose not to use any extra texture in my textured painting.
Step 6- Seal Your DIY Textured Painting
The canvas I used was an old, but large canvas from Ikea that used to hang in my son’s room. I didn’t like the picture anymore, so I decided to use it for my textured art. It came framed, so I used some rub n buff on the silver painted wood.
Here she is! I’m absolutely thrilled at my new and free diy plaster canvas. It looks so good here in my office. Yay for thrifty art made with items I had in my home! Let me know if you try this Textured Canvas Art for your home. It’s so easy!
Bye for now!