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How to Paint a Canvas for the Artistically Challenged

Updated on May 5, 2014

Decorating an apartment when you get to college isn't always as much fun as it sounds. Especially when you're on a budget! One day I was talking to my friend who is way more creative than I am, and she told me about this easy art project. Honestly, this probably takes 20 minutes to paint, and it's really fun while you're doing it! My roommate and I each did one when we first moved in our apartment for an activity to do before school started. So even if your artistically challenged like me (my stick figures even look funky), this is a way to let your artistic side run wild!

I have mine hanging in my bathroom!
I have mine hanging in my bathroom!


I used a sponge, some blue painters tape, acrylic paint, and a canvas.


This is literally so easy! All you have to do, is lay down the canvas, place the tape any which way you want (I just placed mine randomly), and paint! I chose to do an ombre painting, so I got three different colors, but you could do one color, or two totally different colors. The beauty of this is you can really make it unique, and it's so easy my 3 year old nephew could do it!

After I painted it, I let it dry for an hour or so, then removed the tape. As you can see on my picture, some of the paint bled under the tape, but I think it adds character to it. You can look at it and tell that I did it, which is really cool! After I removed the tape, I let the paint sit overnight just to be sure it dried.

Once it's dry, your done!

Now that you're masterpiece is complete, you can hang up your painting anywhere! I have mine in my bathroom right now, and I've gotten so many compliments on it. What's so great about this project, you can make it your own and customize it to where you want to display it.


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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Fun stuff! Maybe you could add photos of your friend's project to this hub and tell us what inspired your designs.