DIY: Tape + Paint Canvas Art



Yep.. it’s back! This tutorial once lived on a blog no longer around. Isn’t that fun? Anyway, this is my favorite canvas art so far. No, it’s not perfect. In the beginning, when I noticed the little imperfections, I was ready to throw it out and never make another thing ever for the rest of my life. But when I hung it up, I decided I quite liked it, imperfections and all. This is an easy canvas art tutorial if you have a blank canvas, tape and paint lying around. Have fun!


  • Canvas (or you can use board or whatever you feel like)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Tape (choose width based on the style you want)
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic varnish





1. Figure out a game plan. I made brief sketches in a notebook, but I didn’t do much planning. All I really knew is what colors I wanted to include. The nice thing about tape is that you can keep doing it over and over again until you have it just right!

2. Prepare the canvas. Now is a good time to prep your canvas if you prefer. For this one, I didn’t do any Gesso or painting of my canvas beforehand. If you don’t want a white background, you’re going to need this step.

3. Lay down the tape. I mostly left my tape where it landed, but of course you can do it as many times as you need to. Although, I do not recommend using this artist’s tape. I was trying to protect my canvas with the low tack tape, but it was a little bit too low! You want tape that sticks really good for the painting part. That is where a lot of my mistakes happened. I think regular Scotch tape should be fine, though be careful if you’re painting your canvas beforehand. You don’t want it pulling up paint.


Step 2-AddTapetoCanvas


4. Start painting. Now for the fun part! With the tape on there, it should be fairly easy to paint. I used the sponge brushes for painting the larger triangles, then needed the smaller one for the smaller areas. If you’re painting the sides, I recommend painting that section together, with the top and sides at the same time. Otherwise you end up with a big mess. I did end up re-doing my yellow section because next to the white, it was much too faint. The brighter yellow really popped.


Step 3-PaintOverTape


5. Wait for it to dry. Acrylic paint dries fast, so don’t be surprised if your first painted section is nearly dry by the time you finish the last. I don’t think I waited more than an hour for the paint to dry.


6. Remove the tape (slowly!) and see how it looks. This is where I got frustrated and almost threw the damn thing away. Because I chose basically the worst tape possible, my tape moved and the paint wasn’t even. As long as you don’t use this kind of tape, you should be fine. I had to go in and try to paint the lines best I could. Hey.. it’s art. Doesn’t have to be perfect, right? I appreciate you validating me on this one.




7. Apply a clear Acrylic varnish. Choose a varnish specifically made for acrylic paint. This is optional, but I highly recommend it. It not only gives it a glossy look, but it protects your painting. Acrylic paint can be removed with water – this is great for correcting mistakes, but not so great if you get water on a completed painting and now have to fix it. Varnish can help protect it.




And.. done! Like I said, I’m choosing to accept the imperfections and appreciate the fact that when it’s hanging up, I’m the only one that notices.



DIY: How to Make Fabric Canvas Art {with Mod Podge}


Okay, so I’m a little behind. This is actually a DIY project I did for a blog that is no longer available. I keep meaning to move this over here, but.. so lazy! So here you go. A super easy canvas art project you can do with any leftover fabric scraps (or paper scraps) you have lying around!

The following canvas is something I made for my mom last year, for I think either her birthday or Mother’s Day. The fabric is leftover from something my sister made her, and I had the canvas and Mod Podge on hand, so I just went for it.

Materials Needed:

  • Canvas
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Scissors


Step One: Gather your supplies. While I used only one type of fabric, you could get as creative as you want and use different patterns and colors of fabric you have on hand, or use scrapbook paper, or even wrapping paper. I only had the Gloss Mod Podge, but I highly recommend using the standard type, as pictures come out all shiny with the gloss stuff!


Step Two: Cut your fabric. I chose to go with a flower design, so I knew I was cutting out petal/leaf shapes. I started penciling the shapes in on the back of the fabric, but after a while, it seemed unnecessary and the rest were just cut without tracing first. I went with different sizes and tried to choose different areas of the fabric to add variety since I was only working with one type of fabric.

Step Three: Prep your canvas. Most store-bought canvas comes with several coats of Gesso, but you might want to add more; entirely up to you! I chose not to.


Step Four: Arrange the fabric on your canvas. Make sure it is completely arranged how you want it before you glue anything down! You will absolutely regret it if you don’t make sure it’s perfect before you start gluing. Also, I don’t recommend having a fan nearby, as my pieces went flying several times.


Step Five: Glue your pieces down. I just used the Mod Podge to glue my fabric pieces down, but you can use any glue you want. I originally started using regular Elmer’s glue, but it was drying too slow and didn’t stick as well as with the Mod Podge. use mod podge to glue down one-by-one. How you glue is up to you. I put the Mod Podge right on the canvas after picking up the piece, but you can put it on the fabric instead if you prefer.


Step Six: Cover the fabric and canvas in Mod Podge. Now is time to finish your canvas by covering all the fabric and canvas in an even layer of Mod Podge. This will coat the fabric so it doesn’t keep fraying and keep everything glued down nicely.



If you want to avoid the fringe from cutting the fabric pieces, cover it completely in Mod Podge and let it dry before cutting it.

I don’t recommend using the gloss type of Mod Podge. It looks fine up close, but the pictures kept coming up really shiny with a lot of reflections.

Have fun!