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watercolor canvas art {a tutorial}

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Love watercolor art? You can make these watercolor canvases, even if you’re not an artist! This tutorial will show you how!

how to make watercolor canvases

Interesting in learning how to make watercolor canvas art? Read on….today’s post is for you!

Make Watercolor Art

Make Watercolor Art

I love all kinds of canvas art. So when I saw some color wash canvases at Ballard, with a subtle watercolor effect, I knew I wanted something similar.

5×7 flat canvases
watercolor paints
watercolor brush
painters tape

Step 1: Take your painters tape, and tape a border around each canvas. I made my border width the same width as the painters tape, but obviously you can change this up if you want.

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Step 2: Decide on the color scheme for your canvas, and start applying your first color. I made this one all blue, and I wanted it to go from dark (navy) to light, though, as you can see in the first photo, I decided it hang it upside down instead.

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Step 2: Add a second color, blending it into the first. If it’s not blending well, just add a little bit of water to your brush and apply it where the two colors meet. If it’s too watery, just take a paper towel and blot the excess. Watercolors are very forgiving like that.

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Step 3: Keep adding and blending colors until you are satisfied with the end result…

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Step 4: Remove the tape. Because of the texture of the canvas and the wateriness (is that even a word??) of the paint, you will probably not get very precise lines, even if you firmly press down your painters tape at the beginning, like I did. This is OK! Even better, in my opinion. But, if there are places where the paint is bleeding more than you’d like, there’s an easy fix….

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…just take some white acrylic paint and a clean brush, and fix any areas you aren’t happy with.

Make Watercolor Art

Make Watercolor Art

At about $2 for all three canvases, and paint that I already had on hand, this was quite the low-budget, high-impact project.

Thanks for reading all about my watercolor canvas art! Have a lovely day!

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Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Fantastic. So simple and a great pop of color! Reminds me of art I've seen at markets in Mediterranean villages.


Friday 25th of March 2016

Such a simple idea with WOW results. Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 24th of March 2016

so pretty, so smart, and so easy :+)) so thank you for sharing