Everyone is born creative. Children are living proof of this. Many people lose their creativity as they get older, but there’s no reason why you can’t get back into the creative spirit and see if you’ve still got it.
As you can see by many of the examples here, you don’t have to be Pablo Picasso or Rembrandt to create simple but effective canvas art to complement your interests, your family or the décor of your home. Stencil art and hand prints are used in some examples, while simple brush strokes and pictures cut out of calendars are used in others.
You’ll also find some more challenging DIY canvas art ideas in here too, if you’re up to being a bit more advanced in your art. This is of course a great read for those who are artists as well – either as a hobby or a profession. Even the most artistic people can often find themselves struggling for inspiration.
This list of 24 awesome DIY canvas art ideas will surely interest you and hopefully inspire you to pick up some paint, a keyword, some glue or a potato… and create!
1. Drip Painting
Anna on her blog Take the Side Street lets some paint drip down the canvas to create stripes. Sounds too easy, but art doesn’t need to be complex to be awesome!
2. Simple Painting Transformation
Katrina on her crafty blog Katrina’s Baguettes show how to transform an old painting (that she and her friend painted in college) into something completely new.
3. Fabric Art Wall Hanging
You can glue fabric to canvas based on the décor of your house. All People Quilt show you how it’s done.
4. Photo Collage
We love showing off our own canvas app, an easy way to create gorgeous photo collages. This butterfly is from our Silhouette Collection and is perfect for family photos or even photos of flowers from your own garden.
5. DIY Canvas Art Textured
Jessica from Happy Together has mixed some paints and modeling paste to create an interesting textured painting – and shows you how you can too!
6. Art Hearts
Blogger Jen from IHeart Organizing has cut out a bunch of different coloured heart shapes and made colour charts. She makes this DIY ‘how to’ look way too easy!
7. Calendar Art
Tamara from Etcetorize loves shoes! So she’s cut some out of calendars and placed them on canvas. Saves throwing away the calendar. Recycling for the win! Also, what a wonderful idea for a fashion workshop or store. Eat your heart out Andy Warhol.
8. Gold Chevron Paintings
Jess from Jess Lively used tape to create jagged line stencils to paint over in bronze. Stunning result.
9. Family Portrait
Laura from Corner House combines a big heart with big talent to create this piece – a tree branch and birds representing members of her family. She will keep adding more birds to the painting with every new addition to the family. 1,2,3 … Awwww. An idea like this would complement one of our canvas family portraits very well – a great way to mix up your decor.
10. Sectioned Canvas Wall Art
Thao’s a photographer who’s printed one of her photos of flowers and divided it into nine small canvas prints. Not as crafty as this Adorkable Duo? Create your own 3×3 split canvas photo print online instead.
11. Concentric Circles Canvas Art
Kacey’s colourful circles are a delight! She was inspired by a similar painting by a Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky to create this piece for her kitchen. Check out how she did it on her blog Stay At Home Artist.
12. Stripes, Stripes, Stripes
Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady has applied tape and paint to create stripes to match the décor and colouring of her home. Better than a bought one!
13. Paper Pieced Flower Canvas Art
Sarah from Craft Warehouse has used scrapbook pages (I would also suggest spare wrapping paper from Christmas or birthdays) to cut out flower petal shapes for this piece.
14. Herringbone Wall Art
More scrapbook art (or Christmas/Birthday wrapping paper art) has been placed by Linda in a neat pattern to create this eye catching collage featured on Burlap & Blue.
15. Paper Scrap Wall Art
Patricia from A Little Hut has created some 3D wall art out of paper shapes with folds at the bottom so the shapes literally stick out of the canvas! I expect you need a lot of patience to finish off this one, but totally worth the effort!
16. Honeycomb Nursery Wall Canvas
Amy’s clever alphabet honeycomb piece with a bee replacing the letter B is perfect for any nursery, or even a childcare centre! Get a step by step guide at Positively Splendid.
17. DIY Canvas Art
At first glance, this looks like giant black circles trying to get in through the window! But we can all relax because it’s Christy’s clever piece depicted on four canvases. She was keen to create a focal point in her living area to distract from the walls needing a new coat of paint. Missioned accomplished! Check it out at Beach Brights.
18. Cheap & Easy Canvas Art
Mindy of Finding Silver Linings has created something new out of something old and dusty. Simple and quick too!
19. Pyramid Painting
If you’re a fan of triangles like I am, you’ll love spending half a day painting triangles on potatos and stamping them onto canvas like Lola has done.
20. Circle Labels
It’s time to visit your favourite stationery goods store! Cortney from Just Kali Rae has used circle shaped labels to create this golden delight.
21. Abstract Groucho Marx
Kristin of Kristen F David Designs has swirled the paint brush around wonderfully on canvas to decorate her home with this abstract artwork she has called Groucho Marx. I have a feeling this is harder than it looks.
22. Children’s Handprint Art
23. DIY Canvas Art Brush
A quick dab of a brush can turn into some amazing patterns, as demonstrated by Emily. Her choice to use silver/grey paint has created a classy piece of art.
24. Pet Art Print
Cheryl of Everyday Dishes & DIY has cleverly made some stencils by cutting out the shape of a dog from a photo and creating a variety of patterned dog images. Love it, but think it’s too hard? Then you’ll love our DIY paw print. Create it online now!
For more inspiration and to live life in colour, check out our canvas art blog.