DIY Canvas Wall Art

I have been a little obsessed with Greek key patterns lately. But in a quick survey of my home, I found no representation of my obsession! So in an effort to remedy that, I came up with the idea of making my own Greek key canvas wall art to pull together a bedroom seating area that I have been working on. Here’s the final product:

CanvasArtMainThe first thing I did was find a Greek key pattern online that I liked and used it to figure out the scale for my 16″x20″ canvas. Using a ruler and a pencil, I began mapping out the pattern on the canvas. This is what it looked like partway through:

DIY Canvas Greek Key ArtOnce I knew the measurements in the first corner, I measured and cut tape accordingly for the other 3 corners. Please note: do not attempt this unless you can give it your full attention. Taping the pattern made my brain hurt!

I worked my way slowly around until I had this:

DIY Canvas Greek Key ArtThen I got to work on the second canvas and repeated the same steps. Next I used a wide artist’s brush to paint each canvas (don’t forget the sides!). I used a regular Latex paint, mainly because I wanted this color from my vanity redo. I let the paint sit for about 20 minutes before peeling the tape off. I had minor bleeding but it’s hardly noticeable. Certainly not bad enough to start over (though the perfectionist in me did consider this!).

My husband drilled holes through the canvas and our original thought was to use stainless steel grommets but that didn’t work out as we hoped. By now you know about my obsession with manilla rope so of course, that’s what I used to hang the canvases. Here’s one close up:

Greek Key Canvas Wall Art DIYWe hung our new wall art in our bedroom on hooks that I have moved with more times than I care to remember, however, have never used! I thought the round hooks would break up some of the geometric patterns. But when my husband attached them to the wall, they didn’t look right. It was because they were black–it just wasn’t working with the color scheme. So I painted them the same color as the wall! Trust me when I tell you that such a task is far easier when the hooks are OFF the wall. Oh well, next time.

The chairs are the only items that were originally in this area of the bedroom. In case you missed it, here’s the story on the chairs. To complete the area, I added this end table that I refinished a few weeks ago.

I bought the lamp many years ago and for some reason, it always bothered me. Not anymore! Now that I spray painted it white, I couldn’t be happier with it.

Can we also talk about how amazing the octopus is that I found? This small area turned out to be quite a lot of work but the final outcome made it worth all the blood, sweat and tears!

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  1. ME Mayer says:

    Here we go again…I can’t keep up with your neat projects. The Greek key canvases turned out great. They add just the right amount of color to the bedroom.
    Proud MaMa

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