On Monday I showed you my powder room makeover and told you that my budget for that project was $100. That doesn’t go very far when you need to buy things like a rug, towels, paint and fabric. So, I had to scrimp on the artwork and try to DIY something that isn’t God-awful. What I came up with fits the bill: (a) cheap; (b) easy; (c) insert joke here about being cheap and easy; and (d) okay to look at.
In order to make similar canvases, you need absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever and the following supplies:
- Acrylic Paint (I used one small bottle for both of these 11×14 canvases)
- Foam Brush
- Computer Printer Paper (or watercolor paper if you’re a high-roller)
- Watercolor Paints and Brush
- Craft Punch (I used a 1″ circle)
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
- Mod Podge (in finish of your choice. I used gloss because that’s what I already had.)
Now, here’s what you do:
1. Paint your canvases and let them dry.
2. Using your watercolors, paint your computer printer paper in any pattern you choose. Let these papers dry completely.
3. Use your craft punch to make your circles.
4. Arrange your circles in your desired pattern. Put some Mod Podge on the back of each one to stick them in place. Then cover the entire canvas completely with the Mod Podge. Let dry completely.
5. Next, to make your watercolor weaving, cut strips of paper approximately 1″ wide.
6. Put some Mod Podge on the back of your first strip of paper and affix that to your canvas. Begin your weaving pattern, being sure to put Mod Podge on the back of each strip. Your hands are going to get really sticky and gross with this step.
7. Once you have your weaving finished, cover the entire canvas with a good coat of Mod Podge. Let dry completely.
8. Display your new artwork and appreciate the fact that you spent less than $10 to add some color and personality to your space!
Let me know your thoughts on this project. I’d love to hear them!
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