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How to Make a Basic Canvas Painting

Updated on April 17, 2014

A Way To Relax

Canvas painting for me started out of interest to make cute or awesome things to put on my wall because I was too cheap to spend the money on the paid stuff. There's tons of paintings with adorable sayings or abstract pieces online or in stores. Of course I'd love to buy them all up and plaster them all over my room, but when push comes to shove I don't want to fork out the cash for it.

Turns out, I completely clear my mind when I'm doing my canvas painting and it's a way for me to take my mind off of things and is a great distraction for when I'm feeling overwhelmed.

To the left is the first canvas piece I ever did and it turned out great.

I got all of my art supplies at Michaels.

What You Will Need

1. A piece of canvas. I used a 12x12 inch piece of stretched canvas.

2. A plethora of different colored paint. I used Americana Acrylic Paint.

3. Any kind of paint brushes you have. I used sponges that were on wooden handles and small detailed brushes.

4. Painters tape to create the edges.

5. A plate to deposit and grab the paint from.

Canvas Abstract Painting Directions

1. Coat the canvas in a base of white paint or what ever color you wish the lines to be. I did white so the colors would really pop. We do this so that the tape won't let the edges bleed. It's also good to let the paint have a base layer to paint on and not soak into the canvas. Set aside and let dry.

2. Once the paint is dry, place the tape across the canvas to create random lines.

3. Have a plan in your head of what colors you'd like where. I personally didn't want any colors that were the same to be near to each other. You can always mix colors to create new ones if you don't have enough. I like to do two layers of paint to make sure the color really pops. Let dry.

And now that I look at what I've done, I'd love to make another one with all of the same color and a different color for the lines to maybe use for photos, I think that would be really nice.

4. Once you've done your two layers of paint and it's dried, carefully peel off of the paint. If you see any paint that has gotten underneath the tape, use your fine tipped paintbrush and whatever color you used to clean it up. Let dry.

5. Clean up while the painting is drying. If you let the Americana acrylic paint dry on the brushes, it was sort of ruin your brushes, so rinse it under warm water and you can use a bit of soap as well. Also clean your sponge brushes so you can reuse them! They may be super cheap but if you constantly need to repurchase them, well that adds up over time.

And once you're done you should have a beautiful hand painted abstract piece of canvas artwork!

This was before cleaning up the edges, but you can see how important that step is.
This was before cleaning up the edges, but you can see how important that step is.

Please let me know if I've inspired you to be a bit creative.


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    • floridacupcake profile image

      floridacupcake 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      Thank you! I enjoyed writing them and I have other types of acrylic paintings that I've done that anybody with a little patience can do, so I've decided I'll tackle those in the future.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Great tips-- I tell people all the time they don't have to spend a lot of money for really gorgeous, original artwork to spice up their home decor. A lot of people are afraid to try it for themselves. You have done a great job here with great photos breaking it down and making it look less intimidating. Great hub.