You don’t need to be an artist to create beautiful artwork worthy of your walls or fireplace mantle. Using a large simple stencil is one way to make beautiful and impressive DIY canvas art you’ll be proud to show off.
A Beautiful Basketweave Stenciled Canvas
I instantly fell in love with this large basketweave stencil pattern when I came across it. Looking to add a large art piece to my Fall mantle but not wanting to pay the price for original art, I opted for a DIY canvas art piece instead. It was the perfect touch to the rustic and elegant vibe I was going for.
I purchased a large artist’s canvas measuring 20”x20” so that the art piece would stand out on top of the mantel along with this gold metallic leaf painted craft pumpkin and gold dipped upcycled basket vase along with other decor.
Using stencils in your DIYs and craft projects is a great way of getting original art in a professional style. Just look at all the creative ways we’ve used a stencil over the years:
- How to Stencil Personalized Napkins
- How to Refinish a Table with Paint and a Stencil
- Painting Fabric to Make a Modern Table Runner
- Stenciled Outdoor Planters
- Upcycled Retro School Chair with a “123” stencil
- DIY Stenciled “Hello and Goodbye” welcome mat (tutorial coming soon)
Materials needed to make this DIY Canvas Art:
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- Art Canvas, 20″x20″ (or any size of your choosing)
- DecoArt Basket Americana Decor stencil, 18”x18”
- DecoArt Americana Decor Matte Metallics, gold
- Americana Acrylics in Midnight Blue, Buttermilk
- Stencil Brush or Stencil pouncer
- Medium sized paint brush
- Wooden lettered pallet shape (such as “home”)
- Craft glue, clear drying
How to make Stenciled DIY Canvas Art:
A few tips with stenciling before getting started:
- Protect work surface with a sheet of newspaper or parchment paper.
- Allow paint to fully dry between steps and when changing to a new color.
- Repeat with as many coats as needed to achieve desired coverage.
Paint the surface of the canvas in Buttermilk.
Paint the canvas edges in Midnite Blue. Wipe away the excess navy paint with a clean rag. And don’t worry if some of the blue wraps over the top edge of the canvas, that adds to the rustic, one of a kind look;)
Place the stencil on top of the canvas and tape the edges in place to hold while painting.
Using a stencil brush or foam pouncer, gently brush over top of the stencil to create the basketweave pattern.
Carefully lift the stencil and leave it to dry before continuing on.
Reposition the stencil on the canvas to continue the pattern on the remaining areas of the canvas.
To make certain areas of the basketweave pattern darker, reposition the pattern over top and repeat with a second coat of paint.
Once the stenciling is done, add glue to the back side of the wooden “home sign and press it to the center of the canvas. I left the wooden “home” sign in a natural finish but you could also paint it in another complimentary color.
And there you have it! Beautiful DIY Canvas Art is a breeze with this simple basketweave stencil pattern.
This project was originally shared in DecoArt’s Project Gallery.
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Stencilled Fall Wall Art
- 1 Art Canvas 20"x20"
- 1 Basketweave Stencil 18”x18”
- Matte Metallic paint gold
- Americana Acrylics paints Midnight Blue, Lavender, Buttermilk
- Craft Twinkles paint gold
- Stencil Brush
- Fine tip paint brushes assorted sizes and tips
- 2 Flat paint brush
- Wooden lettered pallet shape such as “home”
- Hot glue gun and clear craft glue
- Paint the surface of the canvas in Buttermilk.
- Paint the canvas edges in Midnite Blue.
- Place the stencil on top of the canvas and tape the edges in place to hold.
- Using a stencil brush, gently brush over top of the stencil to create the basketweave pattern.
- Carefully lift stencil and leave paint to dry before continuing.
- Reposition the stencil on the canvas to continue the pattern.
- To make certain areas of the basketweave pattern darker, repeat with a second coat of paint.