Spring has us ready for some fresh new looks around the house. We couldn't just stop at one good idea so we're making April the month of home. Stay tuned over the next four weeks as every Thrifty Thursday will be an easy upgrade you can do in and around your home.
Today we're sharing an easy canvas tutorial to add some new art to your living space. You don't have to be artsy to master this bomb piece. Our other posts this month include pom pom trim, spray paint and a staple gun!
I’ve never been one whose extremely artsy or talented when it comes to painting. Knowing this, I’m not sure why I thought I would try my hand at today’s Thrifty Thursday. I’ve been wanting a big canvas for my apartment, but all the ones I find are always so expensive. Even the few I’ve found at Hobby Lobby that I liked were still a little out of my price range. I found this picture on Pinterest and decided I needed to attempt it. It ended up being super easy and we get to use gold leaf again! We’ve used gold leaf in past posts, here and here. I’ve said before how addicting it is...I can’t stop finding things to use it on. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Wanting other inspiration? Here’s a few more I found that I love: here, here and here.
Gray chalk paint (also used here)
Fold and scrunch a few paper towels together to create a base that you can dip into your paint. This will be your paintbrush. If you would rather use a normal paintbrush by all means do. Sometimes with a paintbrush you get brushstroke lines and it gives a look that’s too perfect. The picture I was inspired by showed a very imperfect line, so that’s why I chose the paper towel route. Dip your paper towel wad into your paint and begin creating a line across the canvas. Continue to pull your paper towel across the canvas in a straight line without re-dipping into your paint. Once there’s barely any paint going onto your canvas, add more paint onto your paper towel and finish the line. Be careful each time you dip your paper towel into your paint that you don’t get too much on it. Again, the key is to not have a perfect, thick line.
- Once your line is complete, take a dry paper towel and wipe the line again to take off any spots that have too much paint on it. You want some areas where the paint is thicker and some where it’s thin. Carry some of the paint over and under the line you created to add more create and help create an imperfect look.
3. Next create line two with your paint and make this line bigger than the first following steps 1 and 2.
4. Your gold leaf line is next. You want this to line up directly at the bottom of your second gray line. My gold leaf came in big squares which helped create a line. Spray some of the glue down and then lay a single sheet of gold leaf on top of it. Take a paper towel and push your gold leaf down ensuring it all sticks. Continue spraying the glue and laying your gold leaf down all the way across creating a full line.
5. Again you want a distressed look, so if your gold leaf came in squares, like mine did, it may create a too perfect straight line across. I broke off smaller pieces of the gold leaf and added it in different spots around the top and bottom line of the gold leaf to ensure it didn’t look to straight. I also added a spot of gold leaf on the first and second gray line just like the picture inspiration had. Again, just break off a smaller piece, spray your glue, and put the gold leaf down.
6. Add a third gray line following steps 1 and 2 again.
7. That’s it! I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out and it was a lot easier than I had anticipated. Give it a try!!