DIY Artwork for $23

I posted this image of my DIY Artwork on social media last night, and had a nice response. Thank you all so much for the kind words.  Since you all seemed to like it, I thought I’d share how I made this DIY Artwork.

Simply put, I followed this tutorial that I found on Pinterest from some one who is much more artistic than myself.  I loved the colors in this piece and thought they’d look perfect in my house, so was dying to try it.  However, I was nervous as I have NEVER tried to paint anything like this, so I thought for sure I’d mess it up.  Sometimes I try things that I see on Pinterest and they are HUGE fails, but this one was actually really easy and I was very happy with the result.  And it only cost me $23!

Here are the supplies I used…

1. I bought a 2 pack of 18×24 inch canvas’ at Hobby Lobby on sale for $12.99.  I was afraid to go any bigger in case I screwed them up, but now I wished I had bought the 24×36 (although that size cost a lot more money and they weren’t on sale).

2. Craft paint.  I purchased the following colors (but there are hundreds to choose from, so you could pick whatever colors float your boat, I think a bunch of oranges, reds, and yellows would be pretty too).  I didn’t want to screw this up so I basically bought the exact colors based on the suggestions from this blog.  Each of these cost $1.37 (one brand was $1.87)!  This is not high quality paint, but it worked just fine for my purposes, and the price was right.

Folk Art brand #2499 Skyline and #407 Kelly Green,

Ceramcoat brand #04021 Seafoam

Americana brand – #DA02 White Wash and #DA042 Baby Blue

3. I used one of my kids paint brushes (1/2 inch size) but wished I had bought a nicer, newer one. The one I used was a little beat up, but it did the trick

4. Paper plate.

The Painting Process (the Fun part)…

Once I was all set up, I just went for it.  I started on the bottom with the Kelly Green, then worked my way up trying to blend the colors the best I could using a lot of white.  The good news is you really can’t mess it up.  If you don’t like the way something turns out, just paint over it.  Here was my first one, in progress.

DIY Artwork, in progress
DIY Artwork, in progress

Originally, I was only going to paint one of my two canvas’, but it only took me about a half an hour to complete the first one, so I decided to paint the other one too.  When I thought I was done and happy with how they both looked, I took a picture of them and walked away for a bit.  When I came back a while later, I thought there was way to much green on the bottom so I got to work blending the colors until I was happy.  You really could go overboard and just keep painting and painting all day long, but by now my kids were home from school so I called them DONE.  Even now, looking at these pictures, I see some areas I would like to fix, but I think I’ll leave them alone…..for now.

Side note – I feel like the colors in real life are much prettier than these pictures below.

My husband and kids were both surprised that I painted these and although they are not the best things you’ve ever seen in your life, I really like how they came out.

Here is where I hung them in the living room, for now.  There were already nails here from other pictures, so I hung them here just to see how they looked.  I’m thinking they need some frames.  What do you think?

DIY Artwork
DIY Artwork

So, there ya have it!   

Trust me, if I can do something like this, so can you.

Did you see my post last week about my bedroom makeover on a budget?  Check it out.

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