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If you love painting and want to create your own beautiful wall art but you don’t have a lot of extra time, this DIY wall art is perfect for you! You can break out your paints and make something you are proud to display on your wall in about an hour. This project would also be a lot of fun for a crafty girl’s night.
- Canvases (I got a super value pack of 8 x 10 canvases)
- Paint brushes
- Hot glue gun
- Gold spray paint
- Acrylic paint
- Pencil and a ruler
Step 1: Start by sketching out your design or pattern with a pencil onto your canvas. Since you’re going to spray paint everything you don’t need to worry about leaving marks. To create the herringbone pattern, I used a ruler to precisely draw the long vertical lines and then I hand drew the diagonal lines at random intervals.
Step 2: Use a hot glue gun to trace your pattern with a thick even line of hot glue. It’s a little bit difficult to get steady lines so I would recommend practicing on a piece of scrap cardboard first. I found a few things helped: 1. A full size hot glue gun works better than a mini one. 2. Hold your hot glue gun facing straight away from you and pull it towards you as you press the handle. Turn your canvas for different angles. 3. Make sure you let the glue cool (30 seconds is usually enough) before adding a new line to an adjacent spot. 4. When all of the glue has cooled go back in and remove all of the little strings of hot glue. Some of them are so small you hardly notice them, but they will really show up after you start painting.
Step 3: Use gold metallic spray paint to cover your entire canvas in paint. Make sure you don’t get too close or use too much paint or it will puddle and drip. I sprayed two light layers and I also went ahead and spray painted the edges of my canvases as well.
Step 4: Prepare your paint colors. I used white, mint, and light pink. Start painting some of the areas of canvas between the glue gun lines. Flat brushes are much easier for this step. I also had a few baby wipes (or a damp paper towel) to use to wipe off any paint that got on the hot glue lines.
Step 5: The first layer of paint was pretty see-through for me, and I ended out painting about 3-4 layers of paint to create a nice smooth look. If you want to speed up this process you can use a hair dryer on low.
And you’re done! Hang and enjoy your textured gold DIY wall art. I really love how the herringbone pattern turned out, but there are so many other fun patterns you can create. I also made a dahlia flower design that I just spray painted gold. Another fun idea is to create a textured gold frame with hot glue. You can then paint the center area white and then attach a photograph to the middle. I especially love how this one looks.