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Painted Canvas Art

painted canvas art

I wanted to share this painted canvas art I made for our bathroom.  This project was easy and didn't require much artistic ability, because I used a shape cut with my Cricut, as a reverse stencil.  

What I also love is you can pick your palette of colors, to match your decor.  I had just painted our bathroom a mossy green, with a cream trim.  I had some paint left over from both the walls and the trim, so I used those paints on these canvases.  I rummaged around our basement where we keep all our leftover paints, and found a brown and tan that I liked too, so all I really had to buy for this project was the canvases.  I just waited until canvases went on sale at my local craft store and bought four.

If you don’t have a Cricut or a shape you want to use, you can also use real leaves or flowers as a reverse stencil.  I saw an example of this on Pinterest, but you will need to use spray paint as your top coat of paint.  And of course, it doesn’t have to be botanicals… choose any interesting shapes and make painted canvas art!


Materials Needed:   

  • 4 Blank Canvases, 12 inch x 12 inch
  • 5 shades of paint
  • paintbrush and/or sponge stenciling brush
  • Botanical shapes cut out of paper (cut with my Cricut Expression and the Storybook cartridge)

Painted Canvas Art Instructions

1. I began by determining my colors and the shapes I wanted on each.  For colors, pick one main color for all the canvases, to unify them (for me it was cream).  Then, figure out four different complementary colors that each plant will be.

For the shapes of the plants, I used the Storybook cartridge which I love for all its pretty leaves and branches! I chose a couple shapes I liked, and then experimented with cutting them out to get just the right size.  Figure out all your shapes, and get them cut out on sturdy cardstock and you’ll be ready to go.

Here is a photo of the canvases I bought on sale:

painted canvas art

2.     Paint all four canvases with the four different complementary shades that you want the plants to end up being. Allow the canvases to dry thoroughly while you go take a break.
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painted canvas art

3.  Place your paper shapes on the canvases, and paint all around them and over them with your unifying color (cream), while holding the shapes in place. I used a sponge stenciling brush for this.


painted canvas art
painted canvas art

4.    When I finished, I lifted up the shape and noticed the paint wasn’t perfect; as some bleeding occurred.  I allowed everything to dry, then starting touching up.


painted canvas art


5.    I took my time and touched up all the designs, then allowed them to dry completely.

painted canvas art

6.  They are all done now, and ready to hang.  I chose to hang mine as a grid in a square… but they can go up and down in a column, in a grid like a diamond, or all side by side.  Take your time measuring!


painted canvas art
painted canvas art




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