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the DIY files: a chevron canvas

I’m always on the hunt for some new DIY artwork ideas, so when I got my hands on a big canvas recently I perused pinterest for some inspiration. I came across one of my favourite ombre dresser (I have had this dresser DIY in the back of my mind for months..) and the ever popular chevron trend (check out the original sources here and here):

So I decided to combine these two trends on my canvas, which I picked up for about $15 from my local art supply shop.

I cut out a chevron template out of cardboard (a leftover cereal box), which I used to pencil the pattern onto the canvas. Then it was just a matter of taping out the lines with painter’s tape.

The tape actually didn’t stick very well (I’m guessing it probably would’ve been better to use masking tape instead of painter’s tape?!), so I knew that the paint would bleed through a bit. Not a big deal since I was planning on filling in with white paint anyway.

I wanted a browny gray, so I grabbed both colours in acrylic paint from the dollar store, along with some white and black to lighten or darken as necessary.

After a bunch of mixing and painting, here’s how things were looking pre-tape peeling…

And as expected, some bleedthrough…

But once I did my bit of filling in with white, the final product was pretty sweet n’ punchy.

Kinda fun, right?!

So total cost was less than $20 (about $15 for the canvas and $1/bottle for the paint). Not bad for a big fun piece of original artwork for your pad. And even if you don’t think you’re an artsy person, this is a totally easy-peasy project.

What about you folks? Done any painting or other art-ing lately? Don’t you like to have a mixture of photographs, paintings and prints in your pad? I definitely do. 


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  • I love that you did a gradient…that looks great! I have been digging chevrons too but I can’t decide where to do one.

    • gemma

      thanks jamie!

      the great thing is that you can do chevrons on anything — a canvas, tray, rug, wall, whatever! have fun!


  • jody

    This looks great! when you filled in with white and covered the bleedthrough did you just free-hand the white? It looks like such a clean line.

    • gemma

      Hi Jody!

      Yep – I just free handed the white in. As long as you’re working with a small brush and keep a steady hand, you should be just fine! Just don’t rush it (I had to take a break because I was starting to get sloppy!).

      Good luck! :)


  • I love it! Looks gorgeous! I actually linked up something similar.. but plain stripes and on drop cloth, instead of canvas. This is totally my style, though! :)

    • gemma

      thanks rebecca!

      i’m a big stripe fan too :)


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  • This is fabulous! I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring this on the blog today!
    Love it!

  • Tia

    Fantastic job!! I love this project and I totally want to try it now!

    • gemma

      Thanks Tia! You should definitely go for it!


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  • Yams

    Looks so great! What size canvas is that?

  • Bobbie

    I would try a window shade.