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Stenciling on Canvas to Create a Custom Wall Art

Stenciling on Canvas | Paint + Pattern

Have you been drooling over the coolest artwork on Pinterest and Etsy? Have you caught yourself thinking, “I could do that.” Then you never do that?

No worries. Let’s make some simple but amazing small mix-and-match canvases. I worked on mine while multi-tasking over a couple of days: the steps go so quickly you’ll be a bit sad when done! How exciting to create eye-catching artwork you can line up in a row on the mantel, hang on the wall or just prop prettily inside a bookcase. (And now that summer is waning, those gifty holidays will be here in no time. Each artwork looks great by itself too, so you can gift one to each of your friends.)

You can certainly use leftover paint and your canvas can be anything – scraps of wood, hardboard or even some scraps of cardboard. I chose to paint on a set of canvas bought from Michaels for $10 per set. I chose paint and stencil crème colors that coordinate with several areas in our home. So, are you ready for a fun DIY? Let’s jump right in!


Stencil Supplies by Royal Design Studio | Paint + Pattern


Painting with Chalk Pant® on Canvas | Paint + Pattern

Pour each color of the Chalk Paint® on a tin foil. Paint each canvas a different color, but don’t bother to use a clean brush for each color. You’ll get a nice mottled look on all the canvases after painting the first canvas.

Secure your workspace! Lacey Jane did a sneak attack and walked over my wet canvases when I turned my back. Yup, she’ll be wearing Florence for a few days.

Let dry.

STEP TWO – Optional

Applying brush strokes with Old White Chalk Paint® | Paint + Pattern

In a small container make a wash using 1 part Old White Chalk Paint® and 4 parts water.  Using a large brush, brush some of the mixture over all of the canvases in any way you like. Let dry.


Stencilng with Royal Stencil Cremes | Paint + Pattern

Lay out all of the stencil crèmes, tin foil and paper towels. Line up all of the canvases horizontally. Place the stencil on the canvas to the far left. Using your largest stencil brush, dip into any color stencil crème and stencil randomly on the canvas covering a few inches. Do not let dry. Use the same brush and dip into another color and stencil an adjacent area, blending the colors together. Move the stencil to the right, match up the pattern and keep going across all of the canvases.

When finished, place the stencil back on in areas you would like to add more color, if desired.

The most difficult part about a project like this is to know when to quit. I could keep going, but decided I loved each canvas as is – and lined them up together.

Stenciling on Canvas DIY | Paint + Pattern

Stenciling on Canvas DIY | Paint + Pattern

I am constantly adding and subtracting frames, photos and objects in this hallway display. These canvases fit perfectly. What do you think? Are you ready to try your hand at a canvas artwork of your own? Go for it!

Looking for more inspiration? You will find ample ideas on Paint+Pattern’s How-to + DIY Section and DIY Craft and Stencil Projects Pinterest Board.

Royal Design Studio Wall Stencils and Paint Supplies for DIY Projects


  1. Love this! I got a bunch of canvases when Michael’s had an awesome *70%* off sale. They’ve been waiting for the perfect idea. I like the idea of flowing from one color to another.

  2. Hey Deb,

    I think we were twins separated at birth. We so love the same things. Are you painting this holiday weekend? I painted our bedroom – get this – white! Great backdrop for my P+P stenciled projects.

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