easy painted canvas {a tutorial}

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I have a thing for painting canvases; and when I tire of one, I just pull it down and paint over it. That’s what happened with this pretty blue piece. I love the colors (obviously), but I also love the abstract, whatever-goes nature of it.

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All you need for this DIY is a canvas (mine is 16×24, I think), some craft paint, and a foam brush. Start off by placing dime-sized drops of paint onto your canvas-it may be hard to see, but there are 15 globs of paint here, all in the same color family (only use colors that will work well together when mixed).

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Now take your foam brush and drag it through the paint vertically, making sure your canvas is evenly covered.

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Now here’s where it gets interesting. Take your brush and make large V-shapes all over your canvas, giving it a bit of texture and pattern. It’s hard to explain, but hopefully you get the idea from the image below. It’s hard to go wrong with this step, you just want to move the paint around until you get a design you’re happy with.

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You’ll probably find that you’ll want more of a certain color, so feel free to add more when you see fit. I added more navy and kelly green, because I felt the turquoise/aqua shades were a bit over powering. Once you’re happy with your piece, let your canvas dry. Lastly, I added some white in places to add contrast and give the eye a place to rest (don’t add the white until it’s dry, or else the white will mix with the other colors).

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And that’s it!





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I love the look of these blues/greens combined, and I especially love how easy and fast this was to put together.

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picture rail wall {updated!}

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A few years ago, we decided to put up a long picture rail on our large family room wall.  Just last weekend, I decided to update it! I switched out all of the burlap ribbon with black grosgrain ribbon, switched out some photos/art, and added a couple small accents.

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I think the contrast from the black ribbon/white frames adds a nice contrast, and I really like the visual of adding multiple items to a single hook.

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I’ll have a tutorial for the canvas art next week–it’s one of my favorite parts of this “new” wall!

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bedroom gallery wall

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You guys…you all have no idea how long this wall in the bedroom has been “in progress.” And I’m so glad to have it done.

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You can see more pictures of our bedroom on my Home Tour page; but, today, it’s this wall that I want to show off.

I’ve been asked about how I plan out a gallery wall layout…and this is it:


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It’s nothing more complicated than laying it out on the floor and moving it around until I’m  happy with it. If you’re curious as to how I hang plates and such on the wall (the ones that come without hangers, at least), check out this post (you’ll also see pics of another finished wall in this room-woo hoo!)

I love the combination of the gold, sea greens, white, and light blue. The mirrors are from Target, and you can find the tutorial for the Sharpie picture frame mats here.

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The pictures in the frames are just simple watercolors I created the other day. The “thankful” plate is nothing more than gold Sharpie on a white plate, and the floral mini-canvas can be found in paper+palette.

Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on the floral canvas…and a giveaway!

What was the last home project that you were glad to check off your list?

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