DIY Textured Canvas

Personalize your walls and make a statement with your very own DIY Textured Canvas!

The idea for this project was brewing in my head for a long time. We have a sofa table against one of the walls in our living room with a giant blank wall behind it – and it’s been bare for far too long. I’ve always loved textured art, so I decided to create my own – and I’m super happy with the result – even though it didn’t quite turn out the way I expected!

What I used:

  • 30″x40″ traditional wrapped canvas, from Michaels
  • Tubes of acrylic paint… there were so many colours, I could keep track, but ended up using dark purple mixed with a little black and a lighter purple
  • Small tub of Lepage Poly Filla Spackling Compound, from Canadian Tire
  • Cheap plastic putty knife, Canadian Tire (I couldn’t find the plastic one, but they’re in the aisle with the steel ones)
  • Cheap paint brush
  • How I made it:

    First, I dipped the putty knife with the spackling. Then – here came the fun part – I brushed it in random strokes all over the canvas. Broad strokes, thin strokes, you name it, I just kept pilling the spackling on until I had used the entire tub. Then I played around with it a bit and ensured that all parts of the canvas were covered. I even made one side of the canvas a little heavier on the spackling than the other.

  • Then I let the spackling dry for a few days. Even though it dries fairly quickly, I wanted to ensure it had fully adhered to the canvas. My biggest fear was that the spackling wouldn’t stick to the canvas and would start to flake off. But it turns out that’s not an issue at all
  • Then I started to paint – delicately at first to ensure none of the spackling would come off, but I swear this stuff is pretty resilient! My original thought that to make it an ombre canvas… but as you can see below, it didn’t really turn out so well. None of the colours were blending into each other the way I wanted them to, so I let the paint dry and started over.
  • Then came black and purple. Fail. I added some gold flecks. Fail. Gold and Black? Yup, fail. Just when I was about to give up, I tried one last thing – two shades of purple – one dark, one light. Bingo! I mixed a bit of black paint into the darker purple because it wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted it to be. Even though I went through a lot of trial and error, all of the different layers of paint really added to the texture of the piece!
  • Despite all of its different renditions, I’m extremely happy with the way it turned out! Another added element to the texture that wasn’t in the original plan? Since I used two different brands of acrylic purple paints, one side is matte and the other is glossy. At first I wasn’t too sure about it, but now I really like it.  That, and depending on the amount of light, the canvas looks completely different from one minute to the next!

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