I have been eluding to a secret project I have been working on and today I am giving you a peek into a teeny tiny element of what I have been doing. I created this fun DIY Canvas Art using cardboard, gold leaf, and paint I had on hand. It was a really fun afternoon project and let’s face it – art ain’t cheap. The entire project cost me about $30, a heck of a lot cheaper than tha real deal. Maybe one day I can afford fancy art pieces but until that day comes I’ll be at my kitchen table making stuff that looks better than Hobby Lobby wall ornaments.
To create some fun and chunky texture on a blank canvas I mixed in a spoonful of Venetian Texture Medium into regular latex wall paint that I had on hand. Venetian Texture Medium is a paint additive to thicken your base, almost into a putty consistency. You can see how to mix Venetian Texture Medium in this video here. It is made for creating texture on furniture pieces (think hiding peeling veneer) and also looks amazing as a raised stencil medium (like in this post here).
Using a putty knife, I smeared the paint in a cross-hatch pattern, to create lots of texture. I covered the entire surface of the canvas and allowed it to dry overnight. You can speed up the drying process by using a heat gun.
It was 10pm when I worked on this project and I was soooo ready to take my bra off and call it a day.
The next morning I sprayed Gold Leaf Adhesive in a random line across the canvas.
With a brush I applied the gold leaf over where I sprayed. I purposely made the gold leaf crumble and crack a lot because I wanted tons-of-texture on this piece of art.
I used Heirloom Traditions Chalk-Type paint because – HELLO I own almost every. single. color. already. If you have acrylic paints you can use that too. Or mix and match different types of paint. I am sure this is all wrong, as I was not an Art Major in college, but it doesn’t really matter what the rules are because it’s your work of art and you can do whatever you want to.
Because I said.
I then cut a cardboard box into squares and used it to apply my paint to the canvas in a cross hatch motion.
I would alternate each color by going side-to-side with one color and then up and down when applying the next. I would also blend the colors together. Really no technique, just however I thought looked good.
I think the gold adds a bit of whimsical gawdiness that matches my personality perfectly, don’t you?
I can’t wait to show you more about the space where it is hanging.
Until then I am trying to come up with a name for my painting. I suggested the name “Unicorn Sharts” to my husband and he gave me a sour look when I mentioned it. I am open to other suggestions for names.
Possibly one that is more mature than my original thought?
You can purchase Venetian Texture Medium and chalk-type paint from Heirloom Traditions HERE. Use the coupon code REFUNKMYJUNK for and additional 10% off your order.