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Easy Way To Make Textured Canvas Art (With Spackle)

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Ever wanted to make your own textured canvas art, but didn’t know how? Well, with this easy tutorial, you can create a beautiful piece of art in no time!

Whether you are looking to save some money or just need a specific size piece of wall art, a DIY textured canvas art piece is a great solution! This project is perfect for beginners and only requires a few supplies that you may already have at home. Plus, it’s a great way to add some personality and interest to any room.

The nice thing about this project is that you can custom make it to fit your space. So, if you have an empty spot on your wall that’s just begging for some attention, this is the perfect project for you!

textured canvas art

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Here Is What You Will Need To Make This Project:

Step 1: Paint Canvas / Frame

If you are using an old canvas or frame, you will want to give it a new coat of paint. This is optional, but it will help your textured design stand out more. Choose any color you like!

I wanted a black frame so I went ahead and taped off the inside and gave the frame a fresh coat of black paint.

Next, you will want to paint the canvas a solid white color. I skipped this step and ended up regretting it. Oh well, at least you can learn from my mistake!

Tip: Protect your surfaces before you start painting!

Step 2: Apply Spackle / Joint Compound

Once the paint was dry, it was time to add the spackle.

I used DryDex color changing joint compound. This is my favorite spackle because it goes on pink and turns white when it dries. This takes all the guess work out of knowing whether or not the spackle is dry.

apply spackle to canvas

Start by adding a generous amount of it to your canvas. You don’t want too much as it can make the canvas sag, but enough to get it some texture.

I like to use my putty knife to spread it around and create different textures.

spackle drying on canvas

You can really go crazy with this step and have fun! Just remember, the more texture you add, the more interesting your final piece will be.

Step 3: Play Around With The Texture

Once you have the texture how you want it, you can start playing around with it. I alternated between a small and medium size putty knife but you can create texture all sorts of ways! I’ve seen people use forks, their fingers or even a toothbrush!

There’s no wrong way to do this! I’m not an artist by any means so if I can do it you can do it. Get creative and have fun with it. Just remember – you only have a limited time before it starts drying.

Step 4: Let It Dry

Once you have the texture how you want it, let it dry completely. This can take a few hours or even overnight depending on how thick you applied the spackle.

close up of diy textured canvas art

Step 5: Seal & Paint (optional)

Now that your canvas is dry, you can seal it with a clear sealer. I recommend using polycrylic vs polyurethane as it will help prevent it from yellowing.

This step is optional, but I like to do it because then you won’t have to worry about anything flaking off in the future.

Once it’s dry, you can paint over it if you want. I decided not to paint mine and just left it white.

Now all that’s left is to hang it & enjoy your masterpiece!

after picture of diy textured canvas art

Conclusion

This is by far one of my favorite thrift store DIY’s! Now that you know how to make your own textured canvas art, go out and give it a try! This project is easy, fun, and rewarding.

It’s a great way to add some personality and interest to any room without spending too much money or time! The nice thing about this particular DIY artwork is that you can customize your design so it fits the theme of your space perfectly.

Be sure to check out our thrift Store Lamp that we transformed using the same spackle.

If you don’t feel like going the DIY route or are not feeling artistic, here are some similar pieces you can get that are ready-made.

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