DIY Colorful Artwork

As you know, I’ve been making progress in my office / living room. However, until recently my walls have been pretty bare. I’ve tossed around many ideas on how to fill the spaces, but have been afraid to pull the trigger. Since looking at empty walls is no fun, I thought I would give DIY art a try. Other than purchasing several blank canvases, I used supplies I had on hand. I figured that if I ended up hating the end result, it wouldn’t be a huge drain on my wallet. Thankfully though, I’m super pleased with how my Colorful DIY Art turned out.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

About a month ago I came across this gorgeous space / home in Melbourne, Australia. I was immediately attracted to the art that is part of a gallery wall in one of the rooms. I came back to that very image when creating my DIY art.

With some color and design changes, plus a little gold leaf, I’d say that I have a pretty fabulous and fairly inexpensive new and personal art collection for above my TV.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

What do you think?

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

I’m really happy with the way the canvases turned out. The colors match my space perfectly, and the geometric lines work great with the other elements in the room. I think they will be hanging around for a while.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

In case you want to create the look for your space, let me explain what I did.

Here’s what you will need:
artist canvas
paint
painters tape
paint brush
gold leaf

Begin by taping off areas of the canvas you want to paint. Be sure to press the tape down firmly to ensure that none of your paint bleeds.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

Using your paint brush, apply paint to your canvas; then immediately remove the tape. Allow the paint to dry and add more tape and more paint. Repeat the process until you achieve your desired design.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

To give your canvas a bit of bling, apply gold leaf. I used Martha’s Stewart’s which is available at most craft stores.

And that’s it!

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

This project does take a little time and patience, but it’s a fairly simple process and the results speak for themselves.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

As you can see from my finished pieces, I ended up following the patterns in the inspiration picture fairly closely. However, you can get as creative as you’d like with your designs.

What I also love about this art is that you can choose colors to suit your space.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

I hung all off the pieces with removable picture hanging strips. This made lining everything up so amazingly easy. Plus, I didn’t have to put six more holes in my newly painted walls. I usually don’t trust these strips, but the canvas is pretty light, so I expect them to stay in place.

DIY Colorful Artwork | Inspired by Charm

One wall down and a few more to go. Do you like my Colorful DIY Art? Are you going to make some pieces for that blank wall in your home?

  1. Wow! You could sell those! They’re gorgeous and perfect for the space. Love what you’ve done with the office. :)

  2. How fun! I have seen instead of painting using fabric that you love and stapling to some type of canvas. Using different sizes to place on the wall.

  3. I just want to move into your house. Sigh. So much loveliness. On another note, I clicked over to that show house and I absolutely love those swirly prints/paintings. I am going to have a go at doing something similar. Stunning space. My hubby comes from Melbourne and I lived there for 7 years when we were younger. It is a fantastic city. I think you would love it.

  4. Michael, just wanted to let you know that the Command strips work great. I have a French metal tray that is 2ft. x 1ft. and I used two strips and that was a year ago and still holding. I am going to do your project because I just changed my bathroom colors and I need something to cover a large wall. Can’t wait to try it. I had been thinking today of what to do with this wall and now I know. Thanks again, for all your wonderful ideas!

  5. Wow! You really nailed this, Michael! You took your inspiration piece but I see you totally ‘made it your own’ with the bright colors, some variation in color – the gold leaf! Squeeeeeee!!! Seriously, your pieces turned out way better that the original inspiration pieces. Keep on making art – you’re good!

  6. I love how these turned out Michael! I am doing something with a large piece of wood right now, love the geometric designs you chose- xo

  7. They look great! I love how you were able to create something that complements the rest of the room so perfectly. I’ve been thinking about doing some DIY abstract art for my own wall. Just trying to work up the courage to do it. :)

    • Thanks Kim!

      All the colors are from Martha Stewart in a satin finish. They are: granny smith, pool, yellow jacket, wild blueberry, and habanero.

      Hope that helps! :)

      xo Michael

  8. Absolutely stunning, Michael! Your room looks lovely, your artwork great and, most importantly, very comfy and inviting! Well done!

  9. Love the DIY artwork…so colorful and fun! Might have to try that myself…

    Off topic, but where did you get that gorgeous turquoise lamp and shade?

    • Thank you so much Lisa! The lamp is from the Color+Plus collection from Lamps Plus.

      xo Michael

  10. I love the art! Great colors!

    How about adding another row or two of canvases going down behind the TV to add a little more color from the side view? I just think it might look nice since you are not always viewing that wall straight on from the TV angle.

    Your room is looking really inviting and cool! Party time!

  11. Michael! Where did you buy the really tall white wall shelving? I remember seeing them in a previous post, but can’t find it. I’m dying to know since I have a space I think they would be perfect in!!

  12. I’m a new reader to your blog and I must say you’re becoming a fast favorite! I’ve already bookmarked this for a project. :)

  13. WOW your art is quite awesome Michael. It looks like you bought it, great job. You are very talented young man, so glad to have found your blog. Am very inspired by your decorating style. The colors you use go so well together. Your art and rug look as tho you bought them together, definitely look like they belong together. I know I’m going to enjoy your blog every post. You just seem to know what to put together. The way you made your gallery wall is impressive also.
    My son used to rehab houses in San Diego area. The first time I saw what he’d done I was so impressed, the things he had done made that house look very now, updated, added wonderful items to make it look homey and very special. I asked him where he got his ideas and he said he’d been watching me all his life decorate our homes with what I had. I sure don’t think I can take any credit for his talent except for his seeing a home can look updated, decorated and not be full of expensive items or done by decorator. He built several homes from ground up in KY of his own designs that sold immediately, I’m very proud of him. He’s my oldest son of 4 kids.

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