Happy Monday Everyone! Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out a simple but unique way to create wall art for our bedroom. I started looking online but only found things that were outside of my price range or were not really my style. This is usually how most DIYs start for me.
A couple of months ago I decided to pick up A Happy Handmade Home by the lovely ladies over at A Beautiful Mess. If you like giving a personal touch to your projects this book is a great resource to have on hand.
I do not consider myself to be artistically talented whatsoever so usually the simpler a project is, the better. One of the tutorials in the book – a DIY Picnic Blanket – caught my eye for that reason. With a few modifications to the steps laid out in the book I was able to use it as inspiration to DIY a geometric canvas print that would work for our space
You don’t need a lot of supplies for this project. Some of them you probably already have laying around your house and everything else can be picked up at any of your local craft stores. The most expensive item will be your canvas.
- 1 stretch canvas of any size – I used a 26 x 22
- Acrylic paint in the color(s) of your choice – these can be the $1.99 ones
- Small paintbrush
- Craft foam
- Scrap cardboard
Based on the size of your canvas, determine how large you want each of your triangles to be. The canvas I used was 26 inches tall so I decided to make each triangle 2 inches tall and two inches wide. This would give me 13 total triangles in each column.
Use your ruler and scissors to measure and cut your triangle stamps out of the craft foam. I decided to cut out two triangles for each paint color to make it a little easier. Glue the stamps securely to the scrap cardboard and let it dry.
Before you begin stamping, determine how many columns will fit on your canvas. With a 22 inch wide canvas, I was able to fit six columns with about 1 1/2 inches between each one. I decided to use three different colors so two columns of each color worked out well.
Using your paintbrush, apply a generous amount of paint to your foam stamp and begin applying it to the canvas. It might be helpful to move your ruler alongside the cardboard to keep it in a straight line. Keep reapplying the paint and stamp until you are happy with the design and the coverage on the canvas.
As you can see, the triangles didn’t transfer perfectly from the stamps to the canvas. I ended up liking the imperfections (sometimes I’m a little lazy), but if you want a cleaner look and have a steady hand, take your paint brush and fill in the triangles with a little extra paint.
This project only took about an hour to complete after collecting all of the supplies and could easily be done with different shapes. I love finding a good source of inspiration and putting my own spin on it.
What kind projects did you guys work on this weekend?
Have a great week, everyone! love, adrienne