DIY Canvas Art

Hey all!

My studio, La Salle HQ, has a giant 20'x20'x20' white infinity wall, and I felt like it needed some color!  Staring into a sea of white can really mess with your brain.  So, I got inspired to get a giant canvas and paint it with bright and attractive colors! I wanted to write about how I set up the whole thing, so you could do something like this! It would be perfect for a photo backdrop or to add some punch to a bland room!

First, I ordered the canvas. The one I got is 6 feet wide by 18 feet long. HUGE!  Because our photo wall is made up of concrete and not something like wood which would handle nails well, I hung the canvas up on a giant rolling rack. This way it's easy for me to roll in and out of the photo wall, if we have a photo shoot going on in here. The canvas holds up with metal shower curtain rings no problem, but if you wanted, you could nail it to a wall or however you want because of how thin it is. Also, the canvas was so long that I was able to cut it in half and hang another blank side on the back with the shower curtain rings. I now have 2 giant canvases to paint on!

Now for the important part. To make a really vibrant and eye-catching piece, you have to buy the right materials and colors that compliment your space well. I used some of my favorite colors, you probably see them gracing my social media or blog quite often: cobalt, chartreuse, white, soft pink, turquoise and indigo. A nice balance of cool colors with a dash of pink. The brand of acrylic that I use is Golden.  I use two different types of acrylic paint from them: the fluids and the heavy body.  These vary in consistency and appearance.  For the thicker paints (heavy body), I use a lot of water on my brush to get more movement with the strokes, and the fluids are much thinner and don't require a lot of water. The brush I used for this was a size 24 flat to get really wide strokes, but you could probably use something larger to cover more area with one stroke. Because the canvas is so large, you'll definitely need a larger brush!

When painting this, I wanted a lot of dripping and running to happen with the paint. I also splattered color in areas - just remember to have fun and don't over do it. With painting, it's all about the process and not over-thinking or over-doing it. Remember simpler is always better. Once I start messing with a painting for too long, it always looks worse than if I would've stopped sooner. I hope you try something like this out for yourselves and I can't wait to use this as a backdrop for my workshops at La Salle HQ!