DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – Easy & Inexpensive

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Easy and Inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

Easy and inexpensive wall art anyone can make.

DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – We’ve lived in our new house almost a year and a half now.  Like most people, we did all the big updates first and now we’re just making tweaks here and there. Our en suite bathroom is a monotone cream colour and while it looks clean and simple it also looks a tiny bit boring.  I figure it’s just Michael and I who ever see it but even for us it needed a little something. Michael is one of those guys who likes to have a say in how the house is decorated – no pinks or floral’s for him.  We decided that instead of painting the bathroom, we’ll try to bring in more colour with accent pieces, so to start things off I decided I could make a quick and easy canvas wall art.

This is something anyone can do… no artist talent needed for this project. Oh, and did I mention this is super cheap to make too.


  • 3-4 different colours of paint (I used cheap acrylic paint from Michaels – $1.99 a tube)
  • 1 colour of paint for the base and a brush to apply it
  • Canvas (again, I got this for about $5 at Michaels)
  • Circular pouncers (mine where Martha Stewart pouncers)
  • Hanging supplies (hammer, nail, string/wire, staples)


  1.  Lay your canvas on some old newspaper and paint the entire thing with your base colour – I used a warm white colour. Allow to dry.
  2. Starting with your largest pouncer, dab into paint and then onto canvas – mainly at the top and spread out. Now, use the next largest pouncer and do the same thing but go down the canvas a little bit more.  Carry this on with all the pouncer sizes until you’re using the smallest pouncer sporadically at the bottom of the canvas. Make sure not to go right to the bottom of the canvas (unless this is a look you want).
  3. Repeat this same process with all your paint colours.
  4. When everything is dry I reapplied some of the first colours I used again, just so they weren’t buried underneath all the other paint and to fill in any open spots.
  5. Allow to completely dry.
  6. Staple string/wire evenly across the back of the canvas. Put a nail in the wall where you’d like the wall art and then hang the canvas.



22 Comments on DIY Wall Art Anyone Can Make – Easy & Inexpensive

  1. Lindsey
    May 6, 2013 at 5:09 AM (8 years ago)

    I LOVE your corner toilet! Did that come with the house or did you add it? We’re been thinking about doing a corner toilet in our little bathroom. Have you found any drawbacks?

    • Jamey
      May 6, 2013 at 6:59 AM (8 years ago)

      Hi Lindsey,

      Yes, that strange little toilet was the first one I had ever seen. It was already installed in the bathroom when we bought the house. It’s great overall, the only drawback that I notice is that because it’s on an angle, you almost have to reach back behind you to get the toilet paper which is really awkward … now that also has to do with where they installed the toilet paper roll. We actually have a portable toilet paper stand that stays on the left side but I removed it and put TP on the other dispenser just for this photo (it’s all presentation isn’t it). Anyway, bottom line, it’s great as long as you think about where you’re going to put the TP.
      ~ Jamey

  2. A P
    May 6, 2013 at 3:19 PM (8 years ago)

    Is the paint you used for the base also an acrylic? I bought some acrylic paints and canvasses a couple of weeks ago on sale, and have been looking for a DIY project to decorate my new place. This is a nifty look that even I can replicate.

    • Jamey
      May 6, 2013 at 3:48 PM (8 years ago)

      Yes, I used the same kind of acrylic paint for the base coat as I did for the rest of the piece, just in a warm white colour. Enjoy making your very own wall art. I’m sure it will be beautiful!
      ~ Jamey

  3. Emily
    May 31, 2013 at 8:41 AM (8 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing this! I am in desperate need of some artwork for my home! What brand and colors of paint from Michaels did you use?

    • Jamey
      May 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM (8 years ago)

      Good question. I used acrylic paint. Americana in Slate Green, Hauser Medium Green, Warm White, then Apple Barrel in Light Leaf Green and finally Craftsmart in Green. I hope this helps.
      ~ Jamey

  4. Amanda
    July 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM (7 years ago)

    What is a pouncer? Never heard of it before.

    • Jamey
      March 3, 2015 at 9:59 AM (6 years ago)

      Hi Amanda,

      The pouncer is the round sponge that I used to paint the painting. You can buy them at craft stores, I got mine as a set from Michaels.
      ~ Jamey

  5. Ijaz
    October 2, 2014 at 11:39 PM (7 years ago)


  6. Joy Kirr
    January 2, 2015 at 5:42 PM (7 years ago)

    I love this idea – I did one myself in our bathroom back in June of last year – – I saw an original on Etsy –×14-canvas-painting-confetti-yellow?ref=sr_gallery_30&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=yellow+and+grey+art&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    I love how, if you use imperfect foam brushes, you get imperfect circles. Our bathroom is imperfect, so it fits. 😉 Thanks for the DIY tutorial – I’ll add this post onto my own so others can go to it to see how.

  7. Kate
    March 2, 2015 at 2:31 PM (6 years ago)

    I love this idea! (I, too, love that corner toilet…haha) We are selling our first home after being here for 3 years (insert crying sounds here) and I want to add artwork to the walls for staging purposes. As you said, it’s all about presentation. 🙂 I am going make a few canvases just like this to hang on a long wall that has been naked since we moved in. Thanks for the awesome idea! I stumbled across your blog by searching for “easy diy artwork” and am hooked now!

  8. Pam
    March 19, 2015 at 9:49 AM (6 years ago)

    Did you clean the pouncers between each color and if so, what did you use to clean them? Also, approximately how long does the paint take to dry between each color application?

  9. Miss Smile
    May 2, 2015 at 9:31 AM (6 years ago)

    The painting is very nice!especial the colours you used!I love it!

  10. Katia Gratao
    May 17, 2016 at 5:46 AM (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing! I loved the idea, I will do one for my toilette too. I have an all white toilette what color do you think I should choose for the dots?

  11. Priti
    September 20, 2016 at 12:34 AM (5 years ago)

    Love the graduated effect. A question, I bought a canvas for doing something like yours. It had some small steps of wood in a little plastic bag included. Was just wondering what they are for. Can you help?

  12. Chari
    January 10, 2017 at 8:25 AM (5 years ago)

    This is gorgeous Jamey! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Dearlives
    May 13, 2018 at 6:58 PM (3 years ago)

    Love this idea ! Some times we can decorate ourselves. Will try this diy wall decor next weekend.

  14. Veronica
    June 6, 2018 at 12:56 PM (3 years ago)

    Do u have to use a base paint

  15. Amanda
    August 2, 2018 at 11:30 PM (3 years ago)

    These are cool projects! Wall arts play an important role in interior design. These are the great way to add some flair to your room and really put your own personal touch on it. Wall arts fill a house with positive energy. I am totally inspired by your work. Thanks and keep sharing.

  16. patricia
    July 19, 2019 at 3:40 PM (2 years ago)

    there seems only the one (lovey example from Jamie) are there any more please xx

  17. Marcia Kirtley
    June 19, 2020 at 3:04 PM (1 year ago)

    Can u use any kind acrylic paint or a specific kind.. i want to do this for my living decor…


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