Budget Paintings for your Home

Budget Paintings for your Home
Jun 09

Budget Paintings for your Home

Easy Wall Art

Easy Wall Art

We all know how searching for paintings that match your walls, furniture, carpets, and most of all your personal style is a very time consuming task. For those of us who can afford it, looking for wall paintings can be wonderful and fun, but what do you do when:

a) you don’t have a lot of time or money
b) all the cheap paintings in the stores just don’t match your home/style
c) everyone seems to already have them
d) that blank spot over your fireplace is really starting to depress you!

Canvas Painting

DIY Canvas Painting

After a long conversation with my interior designer sister-in-law, she let me in on a very important decorating tip. Whatever you can’t find ready-made within your budget, just do it yourself. There are tons of ideas out there on creative wall art ideas, but if you’re interested in hanging up more traditional canvas paintings around your home, then here’s what you do:

1) Go to your neighborhood art store or do a search online and purchase a couple of blank canvases (not a roll of canvas – you should get it already stretched and primed). You don’t need to purchase the highest quality canvas, so they should run very cheap.

2) Buy acrylic paint and brushes. Now here’s the important part; make sure that the acrylic paint colors you purchase match the color scheme of your home, but include one or two extra colors as unique accents. You’re already half way to creating your modern art masterpiece.

Easy Wall Art

Easy Wall Art

3) Make sure you set up the canvas on some sort of drop cloth. Once your floor is protected, you can drip paint onto the canvas, spray it, use cups or any other tools to make interesting designs. You can also paint the canvas a solid color first depending on what look you’re going for. Be creative; there are no set rules when it comes to creating your own canvas art!

4) Let it dry. You can hang your paintings up on the wall as they are, or if you like, add a small frame.

Stay tuned for more budget decorating ideas. Next we’ll be discussing creative wall art by covering canvas with fabric for a unique effect.

I have eclectic interests - I enjoy reading a good book or getting up at the crack of dawn for a vigorous hike. Good friends, God, and country give my life meaning, purpose, and fulfillment. I also like good wine and cheese.. :-) In my free time I design Web sites so my creative energy is something I use on a daily basis. I also love playing guitar, experimenting with interior decorating, and I am madly passionate about my congas.. Throw in a trip or two every now and then, and that's basically me.

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  1. Jennifer

    July 21, 2010

    This is a great article! I have used canvases throughout my house, all with different colors and designs. Some I’ve painted a solid color, others have a design, others are purely abstract. When it came time to redecorate some of the rooms in my home, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for in terms of artwork (colors, designs, frames, etc). So I did it myself! Quite often, I get compliments and people asking me where I got the paintings. Don’t be afraid to try new things!

  2. Dianna

    February 13, 2010

    Good pointers. It’s fun creating art with different materials for your walls too.

  3. David Rivers

    January 28, 2010

    Another way to get affordable art is to go to College Art Online. They have a great selection of paintings with average prices of $150. They also have photographs and sculptures. All the art is from art students and recent graduates.