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How I create textured art to add character and visual interest to any area of your home.

What inspired this DIY?

Textured art is seen everywhere these days. They are all over Pinterest and you can find them at high-end decor stores such as Crate & Barrel, CB2, and West Elm, or even just on Etsy. No matter where you get the art from, these pieces can cost hundreds of dollars but the supplies cost around $20-$30 (depending on what you already have on hand and the size of the canvas you want).

The art pieces I got inspiration from ranged from around $350 to $850.

White Block from Crate & Barrel is $849

Divergence Painting from CB2 is $349

Neutral Swirl from Williams Sonoma is $850

Project Development

This project is fun and completely customizable! You get to be messy and do pretty much anything, and it will still turn out great. It's a relatively quick project as well; the longest part is waiting for the joint compound or spackle to dry.


  • Art Canvas - can be an existing canvas art piece or a blank one, whichever you have on hand

  • Spackle/Joint Compound - depending on what you’re making, one may be easier than the other (see below)

  • Spreading tool (with or without the comb effect) - you can even use household products for this such as a hair comb

  • Paint (optional) - you can use acrylic paint or any house paint

How To

  1. Put the canvas you plan on using over some material in case it gets messy

  2. Depending on what you want to make, take the spackle or joint compound you plan to use and spread it on the surface of the canvas. This is where it gets fun and you can be as creative as you want! Take the comb and run it along the material, form lines to make it look like fabric creases (I recommend joint compound for this as it's thinner and easier to manipulate), or just run the spreading tool all around in different directions (spackle or joint compound works for this but spackle is a bit thicker and gives more dimension).

  3. Let the material dry and see if you want to add even more texture. Repeat as needed/desired.

  4. Optional: once the final coat is dry, add paint

And there you have it! Try creating pieces in different colors and textures to get whatever effect you want. The possibilities are endless with this project.

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