Last Updated: Mar 1, 2018
You don’t have to be an art student or famous painter to create beautiful wall art. Canvas painting is truly for all skill levels and the supply list is short too. From beach scenes to abstract designs, you can create pieces that look chic and professional.
To get you started, we’ve compiled 39 DIY canvas painting ideas. Look through the photos to determine which ones match the style of your room and home. Find inspiration to create your own custom canvas masterpiece.
Transform your canvas painting into a professional work of art by framing your canvas. This unique wall art you’ve created will be a stunning addition to your home’s wall decor.
1. Abstract Quote Canvas
Find a quote that speaks to you and stencil the letters on pieces of tape. Adhere the letters to your canvas. Choose a mix of paint colors and paint them on the canvas in large strokes. When you remove the tape, you’ll end up with a beautiful canvas that inspires you with its message.
2. Splash ArtCover a canvas with paint so that it’s one solid color, then splatter vibrant colors across the surface. Create this DIY project outside to ensure the paint doesn’t splatter on anything valuable in your home.
3. Pixel Painting
Design a pixelated pattern by creating a grid of colors that are the same hue. Draw equal-sized squares across the surface of your canvas, then paint each square a slightly different tone. Your professional-looking painting can be hung in a living room, bedroom or office.
4. Geometric Canvas
Create a vertically lined canvas for your home or office. Use a pencil and yardstick to outline your design, then fill each space with complimentary paints like teal, aquamarine and white.
5. Puffy Paint Lettering
Make your DIY canvas a 3D art piece. Choose an inspiring phrase or quote and add it to your canvas with puffy paint. Make sure the paint has dried for 24 hours before hanging.
6. Cut-It-Out Canvas
Paint the surface of a blank canvas with watercolor or acrylic paints. Cut letters to a word or phrase out of contact paper, then adhere it to the canvas for a two-toned masterpiece.
7. Twinkling Canvas
Give your artwork extra flair by installing battery-operated lights. Your DIY canvas can twinkle during the holiday or throughout the whole year.
8. Simple Metallic Accent Art
Two-toned art is easy to create. Paint your canvas a solid color, like red or blue, then brush metallic paint on half of the canvas to create stylish, modern art.
9. DIY Ocean Painting
Bring the coastline right to your living room or bedroom. Brush your canvas evenly with blues and greens for a simple ocean painting.
10. Pinwheel Painting
For a trendy, modern look, create a pinwheel DIY canvas. Outline each triangular section first, then paint each portion a different color. Randomize the colors to make it appear natural.
11. Kid-friendly Love Art
Pull out the finger paints for this kid-friendly DIY canvas project. Stencil letters to spell the word ‘love’ or ‘home’ and let the creativity begin.
12. Farmhouse Flower
Floral images are some of the simplest objects to paint. Start with a flower like a daisy or tulip. Add more to make a bouquet or keep it simplistic with just a few.
13. Hand Painted Monogram
Decorate a canvas with a festive design and a single letter for monogram art. Draw your design first with a pencil then choose a color of paint that will match the other decor in the room.
14. Yarn Art
Looking for creative canvas ideas? Consider making yarn art. Your pieces can be painted in multiple colors like yellow, blue and green. Create a collection and hang them in your living room or hallway for a gallery feel.
15. Gold Chevron Painting
Recreate this professional-looking artwork with painters’ tape and acrylic paint. Make your chevron design in metallic paints or choose a rich color like navy or hunter green.
16. Simple Signature Art
DIY canvas art doesn’t have to be complicated. Cover a canvas with a single color, then paint on a quote and simple image, like mountains, trees or hearts.
17. DIY Herringbone Canvas
Add stylish decor to your bedroom or dining room with a colorful herringbone canvas. Create this piece in just a couple of hours with acrylic paint, sponges and painter’s tape.
18. Love-themed Watercolor
With pink and red as your color scheme, design watercolor art that bursts with love. Stencil on a quote or lyric from a favorite song for extra meaning.
19. Ombre Canvas Quotes
To create this look, paint the blank canvas gradually with more paint and color to create an ombre appearance. Add quotes about gratitude or love to personalize your piece.
20. Beach Inspired Art
Layer your canvas with blue tones to resemble flowing water. Paint on a phrase or keep it simply nautical.
21. Painted Roses
Choose a favorite flower, like roses or lilies, to paint on your canvas. Incorporate details like leaves and stems to make it as life-like as possible.
22. Holiday Canvas
Dress your home up for the holidays with a festive DIY canvas. Keep it simple with a single color background and contrasting letters.
23. Striped Canvas Art
Decorate your walls in simple and modern style with striped canvases. Choose colors that match your other decor, whether that’s green, blue or purple.
24. Spray Paint Art
Art should be enjoyable to create. Have fun filling the blank space on your canvas with spray paint. Mix traditional colors with metallics for a shiny finish.
25. DIY Kid Canvas
Involve the kids in a fun DIY canvas project on a rainy day or Saturday morning. Pull out a range of colored paints to form patterns of circles, stripes and polka dots.
26. Ombre Art
By gradually intensifying the color across a canvas, you can create the ombre effect. Choose calming colors like green and blue for a relaxing ambience.
27. Abstract Fluid Painting
Boost the mood in your bedroom or guest room with stunning abstract art. Try fluid painting to recreate this piece that guests will mistake as professional.
28. Vintage Style Canvases
Find a photograph—like one of a childhood home or favorite outdoor spot—that you’d like to turn into a painting. Blur your lines and colors for a vintage feel.
29. State Canvas Art
Whether it’s your home state or the place you studied at in college, design artwork that sparks fond memories. Draw the outline for your state in advance, then paint a two-toned piece. Add dots or hearts to mark special towns and cities.
30. Stenciled Painting
Fill a canvas with stencil shapes—like circles and diamonds—then paint each piece in a random color. Build blank space into your design for balance.
31. All-white Art
DIY canvas paintings don’t need an overabundance of color. Try an all-white art piece, complete with an inspiring quote and image.
32. Dandelion Painting
Keep your DIY canvas project simple. Paint a dandelion on a pastel background of green or light pink. Hang your floral decor in your bathroom or guest bedroom.
33. Splatter PaintingSplash a canvas with bright colors like orange and pink. Throw on as much paint as you want. This DIY canvas can be hung in your living room, bedroom or basement.
34. Simple Quote Art
Incorporate several fonts for a lovely quote canvas. Choose a color scheme, like grey and white, for cohesion.
35. Wrapping Paper Artwork
Stretch pieces of wrapping paper across a canvas as the foundation for your artwork. Paint over the wrapping paper with metallic paints to accent your design.
36. Modern Contrast Canvas
If you want wall ideas that look professional, consider painting a canvas in a contemporary design. Use bright colors, like orange or red, to make the wall piece pop.
37. Large Canvas Art
Cover a large canvas with a neutral background color. Choose a simple, abstract design so you can be creative—without having to worry about minor details or perfect symmetry.
38. Inspirational Art
Brighten your walls with art that inspires you. Paint vibrant colors on a canvas, then add a simple image and phrase using black paint.
39. Cheery Sunflowers
Practice your painting skills with a simple floral design like a sunflower. Frame your artwork for your bathroom or bedroom.
With a few canvas ideas in mind, create artwork that will look beautiful on your walls. Hand-painted pieces are often kept as keepsakes and handed down for generations. Design custom home decor to accent your new statement piece canvas painting.