inspired canvas

remember my canvas from yesterday?  i thought i’d show you a little how-to so you can do it too!  it was super easy and i want to make a million more.  i’m thinking covering a whole wall like this would be amazing!

so this is the original i wanted to copy was inspired by.  isn’t it amazing?!  i love the randomness, the use of colors and neutrals, and the fact that the artist left some spots unpainted.

nicole decided to make one as well for her guest house.  her’s is the bigger one on the right.  i ended up making mine more of a parchment color, different from what is pictured here.  the grey was too close to my existing wall color (silver sage by restoration hardware).  we used a mix of acrylic craft paints – grey white, brown, gold – and just squirted them all over randomly then brushed over them to blend and smooth them out a bit.  we made sure to get the edges at the same time so we had the same mix of colors at the edge to match the canvas.  i also used some water to dilute my paint a bit, too.

this was the trickiest part, but still super easy, just a bit time consuming.  we first decided what size we wanted our circles to be.  we ended up using an upside down drinking glass.  i measured the diameter of the top of the glass (3 1/2) then divided that number by 2 and got 1 3/4″.  so that’s the spacing we used for the stripes, vertically and horizontally.  after all of those lines were marked we used the glass and just traced with a pencil around it to make the circles.

then came the fun part!  i just randomly used colors, mixing a few together, and filled in the “petals”.  i found it was kind of hard to be random, like being intentionally unintentional ;)

i use a super fancy tray for mixing my paints – a pie tin.  when i mixed my paints, i didn’t want to color to be solid so i dipped my brush in a few colors at a time and let them mix a little on the canvas.

i kept my laptop out to refer back to the original.  i kept wanting to add more color, but new i’d get too rainbow-y if i didn’t balance it with neutrals and blank spots.

our finished art!  nicole’s is totally different from mine – she had a color pallet she was working with and i was going more random.  i love how both of them turned out!

so fun!





  1. 1

    What a cool idea. I have a canvas print that came out bad and the company re-did it – maybe I could do something similar with the bad canvas….

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    I think that looks great! I might try that project during nap time next week. You’re always up to something nifty and creative!

  3. 3

    This is FANTASTIC! Thanks so much for sharing, I just might have to copy you. ^^

  4. 4

    I hope you don’t mind, but I am totally going to steal this! Thank you so much for sharing your technique! This turned out so awesome, Lindsey!!

  5. 5

    I am also loving this idea!! I have one silly question though – were you able to erase your pencil lines off the painted canvas?

    • 6

      Hi there – I wondered the same thing, and agree with everyone on copying this idea – it looks so fun!

      If you look at her previous post (link above) there’s a close-up and the lines are not erased. I think it gives it a perfectly imperfect look and hope my decorating perfectionist side doesn’t come out when doing this project :)

  6. 7

    What a lovely idea, this is such a great piece of artwork, I love the simple idea but it is such an effective piece :)

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    Tameeka says:

    I think I have a new project for the weekend! Yay! I hope you have enjoyed your week. :)

  8. 9

    How adorable! I love this idea! I’ve got several canvases that are calling my name :)

  9. 10

    Hey thanks! I have some canvas lying around as well as some bare walls, I sense a weekend project coming up!!

  10. 11

    very impressive. i’m adding this to my ‘to do’ list. thanks for sharing!

  11. 12

    that looks so great! i have a hard time being intentionally intentional as well. :)

  12. 14

    I want to make one of these !

  13. 15

    This is such a cool project and it looks EXACTLY like the inspiration! Thanks for breaking it down – homemade art can be intimidating, but you’re making me want to give it a try!

  14. 16

    i LOVE this project!! it looks so cool with your yellow dresser too. love how they turned out…way to go, girlie!

  15. 17

    I love, love, love it. I think you may need a left brain to make the design… Which I don’t have, but you have certainly inpired me to paint! I love being inspired! My right brain thanks you.

  16. 18

    LOVE this!

  17. 19

    I love this canvas project SO MUCH. I am planning where I could put one. If I figure it out, I’m totally copying. Gorgeous!

  18. 20

    Awesome! And way easier than I thought it would be. I may save this idea for our new house. Thanks for sharing.

  19. 21

    Love them both! I bought a canvas a while back to do this very thing…now I have no excuses! It’s time to get it painted! Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  20. 22

    Beautiful! Love how you both finished with a different art piece, while traveling the same art path!

  21. 23

    i love this because it looks modern & vintage.

    like a vintage quilt pattern & modern because it’s on a canvas & all those fabulous colors. you have a steady hand, my dear! wow!

  22. 24

    wow! I love this Lindsey! Very cool!

  23. 25

    Oh my word! I am in L.O.V.E. with this painting! You did an amazing job!!! I can’t wait to try it myself!

  24. 26

    I love this! I must make one…

  25. 27

    This is so cool! I can’t imagine how long this would have taken!

  26. 28

    HOLY COW!! I totally took a picture on my phone of that “inspiration canvas” at one of my FAV stores a couple months ago… but my husband didn’t think the colors went with where I wanted to put it, now I could make one that would work! Yippee! I am going to do this stat! Thank you for sharing such an awesome idea, have a great weekend : )

  27. 29

    Very cool, and what a fun project to do with a friend – a little happy reminder of making it every time you see it!

  28. 30

    done, and done!
    Seriously, I went out and got the stuff and made your canvas today.
    I did feminine colors to go over my girl’s crib.
    Thanks so much for showing us how easy it is!!

  29. 31

    Oh I love those prints! very cool!

  30. 32

    WOW! I love it! I will be making on of these…without a doubt. :) Thanks for sharing the inspiration. I am a new follower. Found you via vintage wanna bee.


  31. 33

    lindo post

  32. 34

    Great job! I love how colorful and graphic it is.

  33. 35
    ali walker says:

    I love it!! But what did you do about the pencil marks?

  34. 36

    wow, that is too cool!! :D

  35. 37

    Beautiful job! I love both of them so much. I would love to try this… I can already see myself stressing over what colors to use and planning a random pattern for myself. :P I always have to remind myself to just let go sometimes!

  36. 38

    I love this! I actually think both yours and Nicole’s look better than the original! This looks like such a fun project, I may have to try one myself!

  37. 39

    this is awesome work!

  38. 40

    Love it ! Totally doing one for our house next week :) Thanks for sharing the how-to. Love DIY wall art.

  39. 41

    I love how this evokes the feeling of an heirloom, handmade quilt but has the convenience of being any size you want.

    I think I might try this with some Amy Butler or Moda fabric in a floral pattern and paint over certain flowers to give them depth, to give it a handpainted quality. Lots of ideas from this post!

  40. 42

    Just saw this in the background on an episode of Good Luck Charlie!

  41. 43

    I was coming on here to say the same thing as Paige! It totally jumped out at me on Good Luck Charlie (because, yes, I’ll admit I like the show :)). Great job!

  42. 44

    Your project is very very nice! I may do one of these myself! Thank you for the idea and the great detailed explanation. I wish you luck on doing many more!

  43. 45

    Hi Lindsey,

    Love the canvas! It inspired me to do my own painting project. I want to have the canvas a similar color as yours but I’ve struggled to achieve it – twice! My walls are currently white but when we move, the dining room will be a gray similar to yours, maybe a little darker. Our table is teak, though, and I want to keep some brown tones in the room, too. Anyhow…the color I have now looks great up close because you can see the variation of tan, gold, and a hint of gray. From a distance, though, it looks slightly pink. Grrr!

    Any tips for achieving the parchment color you came up with? I think I’ll give it a third try.


  44. 46

    I gave this project a try this week and it came out amazing. Thanks for the instructions!

  45. 47

    I just posted mine- THANK YOU for the idea!!!!

  46. 48

    If I can get my kids to take a freakin nap today, I’m going to try to tackle this! I have all the supplies waiting for me on my kitchen table, eee! Such a great project!

  47. 49

    I love this! I too am making this asap. I painted my canvas today my most favorite color, Picket Basket, which is a similar gray but has a soft purply hue to it. I was also wondering if you went back and erased your pencil lines or if you just left it. Thanks for sharing! :)

  48. 50

    This is fun! I am working on a small 12″ x 12″ inch canvas. I finished drawing and am ready to paint! Thanks for sharing!

  49. 51

    I’m so glad I found this through Pinterest because I wanted to buy this painting from the artist, but the color scheme wasn’t what I was going for. Thanks to your tutorial I have just decided to make one myself the way I want!

  50. 52

    Just came across your entryway post from Pinterest, and was dying to know more about the canvas. I am all about neutral backgrounds with lots of pops of color, so this is perfect for me. Just might have to try it out myself!

  51. 53

    I’m here from Meg’s blog and can’t believe I didn’t know about your post! I just spent the weekend working on a VERY similar project and posted about it YESTERDAY:

    Great minds think alike, right? ;) Your version is gorgeous and so much more artistic than mine … so lovely!

  52. 55

    My daughter and I did this tonight after I saw Meg’s post on it! I happened to have a pre-painted canvas and we measured it out and put it together :) A fun Friday night activity. . .the only difference is, I decided not to use paint but Stampin’ Up markers and I think it really turned out well. Thanks for the great idea.

  53. 56

    Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome tutorial and inspiration!! I’ve been drooling over (okay, stalking) this project until I finally sat down to do my own version!! Thanks again for the inspiration!

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