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Colorful Canvas Art {DIY}

A couple of months ago, I put together a dining room inspiration board that included a lovely piece of art by Emily Green.  She actually has smaller versions for a pretty reasonable price, but since I was wanting something pretty huge, it seemed much less expensive to shamefully attempt to copy it, or at least get the same fun and colorful feel.  Megan had plans this weekend to work on another piece of canvas art that you guys will see soon, so I decided to go ahead and work on my own art at the same time.

I went into Michael’s intending to purchase a large (24″x36″) canvas but they ended up only having 30″x40″ so I figured go big or go home right?  Luckily, the canvas was on super sale for $15 instead of the $40 it was originally priced at.  We also purchased some craft paint, but seeing as how Megan has almost every Martha craft paint color under the sun, we were pretty much good to go.

What You’ll Need:

– Craft paints in lots of pretty colors

– Paint brush

– Canvas

What You’ll Do:

1) So I don’t know that I’m really the person to be instructing anyone else on art techniques, but I will tell you what I did.  First, pick all your colors and put them on a plastic plate for easy access.  It is also helpful to include white and black, so you can add in some variations in the colors.  Also have several cups of water available.

2) Wet your brush and dip in your first color.  You can practice your circles on a sheet of paper or if you are brave just go straight to the canvas.  I decided to go one color at a time and spread out the colors relatively easily.  I think it also looked better with a little more water on your brush.  When you are changing from a completely different color (i.e., green to yellow), be sure to clean off your brush on a paper towel so you don’t get green in your yellow paint.  Unless that is what you are going for.  Um…yeah.  So that is pretty much it.  Paint a lot of circles.  Bleed some together if you like that look.  And then feel like you are a super fancy artist.

If you look very closely you can see our dark gray paint swatches for the entry way.  Hopefully I’ll be painting it next weekend.

And here’s Megan’s smaller version.  Just a little bit more watercolory.  That’s a word right?

I’m quite enjoying the new art on the wall, particularly since the room is lookin real neutral right now.  Although not quite the same as the original, I am happy with it.  Yay for cheap big art.







  1. Megan

    Looks absolutely fantastic in your house dude. Big difference.

  2. Laura at Brunch with Laura

    Perfect!!!! I can not wait until we move so I can do fun projects!!!


  3. Kristen

    Love a diy with big impact! Looks great.

  4. chartreuse & a twist

    These turned out incredible, girls!!! WOW! Definitely yay for big cheap art 🙂 Especially when it looks as great as this! I have actually been wanting to create a large art piece for our home…I just don’t know what to do yet. P.S. Love that you girls were playing with paints this weekend! I was playing with watercolors 🙂 XO Brynn

  5. Alexa

    Oh my gosh how fun and gorgeous!

  6. Janelle @ Two Cups of Happy

    These look great! So bright & fun. I can’t wait to see which moody gray you’ll pick for the entry. What a teaser….

  7. dad

    That is truly amazing!

  8. Colleen

    Thanks so much everyone!

  9. Taylor

    Both look great guys!! Love these!

  10. rox

    you guys are on a DIY roll!! another tip – sponge brushes are great for something like this, they make perfect circle shapes & require no clean up after the fact. you also TOTALLY SCORED on the price of that canvas!!

  11. Megan

    Thanks James.

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