Feeling Very Crafty...How I Made This

I made this DIY canvas painting from materials I already had in my home. Here it is displayed on my mantel in my living room!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you might have seen this...but let me explain in case you are wondering:~)

I've been feeling very crafty lately and I get these crazy ideas like THIS ONE that pop into my head and I just go for it and make it happen...
The living room has been undergoing a transformation from winter into Spring and Summer, and I've been thinking about that mantel and how it needs fresh dressing...
Like maybe a painting. Maybe a beach painting...

I made this wooden frame for my DIY canvas painting and sized it to make sure it fit on my mantel.

On this particular day I did NOT feel like getting in my car and making a trip to the craft store for a canvas. It seems that I do way too much running around anyway, so I put on my Girl Scout thinking cap of "make do" and remembered this wood frame that has been in the storage shed for a couple of years. It was originally in a large carton of an appliance or something that my husband ordered for his construction business and when I saw it about to go into a dumpster I grabbed it for future use...

For something unknown...


For this DIY canvas painting I used a canvas painting sheet we had in the garage, ironed it, and sized it to the frame.

Perfect in every way and just the right size, so I grabbed a canvas drop-cloth {aff. link} out of the garage (used) and cut it to size...leaving a few inches on all sides. Any wrinkles were then ironed out with my mighty great Shark iron. Seriously I love this iron and use it as a steamer as well...


Using a staple gun, I stapled the canvas to the frame for my DIY canvas painting.

I pulled it as tight as I could and with a staple gun I went at it to the frame from the back, tucking the corners. Thankfully I studied art in college and did most of my own canvas stretching so the tricks were still in the back of my brain...


This DIY canvas painting is almost ready to start painting! Here is a picture of the drop cloth stretched and stapled over the wood frame.

Ready...but drop-cloths tend to be porous and it needed to be whiter for my painting...


I covered the drop cloth with a coat of white Liquitex Gesso paint to prep the surface of my DIY canvas painting.

I gave it a nice thick coat of Liquitex Gesso and let it dry...


Once the canvas is coated with the top coat, it's ready for painting! This is an easy DIY canvas painting project to add some flair to your home.

My preferred brand is Liquitex...

Prepping the paint colors for my DIY canvas painting. I went with pink and blue - very coastal colors and muted with with some white paint.

After realizing that my daughter had taken my acrylic paint stash and was out of town, again I needed to improvise. Mixing watercolors as a tint with the gesso worked well. Not sure that I'm completely finished and I might add some more texture, but I'm loving the nice summer look that it gives the room...


The finished DIY canvas painting has a nice summery texture and the colors blend perfectly together to create an abstract pastel coastal horizon.