You can make a screen print canvas look like a work of art with this DIY Wall Art Painting technique.
Screen printed canvases are less expensive than original works of art and today’s tutorial will help you transform these pieces into what appears to be a masterpiece.
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Do you wish your screen print canvas was an original painting?
My friend loved this painting but once it was in her home, the pastel shades clashed with her decor.
It looked completely different in the shop and she was so disappointed.
However, I felt certain we could fix it and make it look like a painting instead of a screen print.
Here are some simple steps to turn this inexpensive print into DIY Wall Art that looks like an original painting.
Supplies for DIY Wall Art Painting
- Acrylic Paints in colors that work with your decor.
- Artist brushes
- Mod Podge in Satin Finish
- Screen Printed Canvas
First, determine the color pallet you want for your painting.
Here is the inspiration piece that inspired the color choices.
DIY Wall Art
Begin by painting the background in your desired colors.
To create an original painting, you should paint over the edges of the Heron or main subject to blur the edges.
Mix colors in the background by layering several paint colors.
In addition, you can add Mod Podge to the paint for added texture.
For this painting we added the illusion of water at the Herons feet.
Repaint your main subject
Continue to add satin mod podge to your paint and begin to repaint the Heron.
It’s much easier to paint over an existing shape on the canvas.
Redefine the edges of the subject and recreate the feathers and plumage using shades of white, raw sienna and black for contrast.
Add shading around edges of the main subject.
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Remember to use 3 – 4 colors to assure authenticity and depth of colors.
I have prints available of several original paintings. You can see all my prints here.
To add a glossy look to the water, add more satin mod podge to the areas of water.
Once dry the water will still appear wet.
After the canvas is dry, the pastel colors have disappeared and the Heron now looks like an original painting.
These simple DIY Wall Art techniques can be applied to any screen print.
In addition, if you are happy with the colors in your print canvas, you can give it an artistic painted appearance by just adding the mod podge and create a build up and texture with brush strokes.
You can also apply a heavy coat of mod podge to any art print to achieve a hand painted appearance.
I hope these tips are helpful in creating the Wall Art you desire.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!