Monday, June 10, 2013

DIY Herringbone Canvas Art

My current obsession is herringbone. I am so in love with it. After seeing some amazing pins on Pinterest, I decided to give it a try to create some unique canvas art myself. My canvas was inspired by this, this, and this.

Materials Needed:
-Darice Artists Canvas 12x16 inch two pack (I got mine here)
-painter's tape
-paint brushes
-various paints of your choice

My colors used:
-Americana Pistachio Mint
-Craft Smart Vanilla
-Americana Indian Turquoise
-Americana Ultra Blue Deep
-Americana Bluegrass Green
-Martha Stewart Metallic in Sterling and Pewter

I started off with the two canvases side by side. My intention was to have them continue as one large canvas when side by side but work separately as well. I just started playing with colors. I'd put a blue blob here and smear it around, then green or white, etc until I liked the way it looked. Here is a picture of it in progress.

Here is how it looked when I was finished playing around. It had a nice abstract ocean vibe.

I always knew I wanted a silver on top. I decided to smear some silver on the canvas first. I decided on the Martha Stewart Metallic line color of Pewter.

But it just felt way too dark. So I switched to Sterling to cover it up.

Then I began cutting my painter's tape to make the herringbone pattern. I used a ruler so that the pieces would be pretty equivalent in size. I made my strips 4 inches long.

I cut a whole bunch for a stock pile. Then ended up repeating this amount twice to cover both canvases.

I tried to be all fancy by laying the tape out like so. I used a string to align the edges and tried to keep them all a pencil width apart.

It ended up working a little bit but I guess some of the tape was just slightly off and they started to get really close to over lapping. I decided to pull all of the tape off and start over.


I just put down my first piece and then eyeballed it from there.

I ended up pulling a few pieces off and readjusting as I went. The great thing about my painter's tape was that it didn't loose it's stickiness. Finally I wound up with this.

I covered the entire canvas (I also did the sides in case someone got a side view) in three or four coats of Sterling paint.

Then I just peeled them off. I needed to use tweezers to get some of the edges up. I'm thrilled with how it came out!



Here is a close up of the pattern. Putting the silver in the background really helped when I had some slight bleed through. They're not very noticeable.

I have them hanging in my dining section. The colors go great with my pops of teal.

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  1. These turned out great! Very nicely done! :)

    A Tossed Salad Life

  2. That looks really cool. Well done!

  3. WOW! Those look awesome!Beautiful pop of color :) I will have to give this a try for sure!

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    1. I'm glad you like it Laurie! If you give it a go, let me know. I'd love to see what you create!

  4. Great job!! They turned out great!! Love it!!

  5. Wow! That is dedication. :) It looks really cool. I even like the before!

  6. That seems to be pretty cool and I would try this one but hope to change the color combination.

  7. Great idea!I like so much your canvas!!!

  8. These canvases look AMAZING! You did a wonderful job!

  9. What a great art piece you made! Thank you so much for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday!
    Jamie @ Better With Age

  10. I am so enamored of your swirly art canvas. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  11. I LOVE this, Dianna!! You are so good with stuff like this! I wish I was! Maybe I just need to start doing it and stop doubting myself! Thanks for sharing! :)


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