Get inspired with these 30+ DIY wall art projects! Ranging from very easy to intermediate, you’ll love this variety of canvas art ideas.
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video of some affordable wall art being made with Mod Podge. Such great inspiration!
Are you looking for some great ideas for Mod Podging a canvas? I’ve pulled several together for you. The truth is, I love Mod Podging on canvas and making wall art. It’s a blast, and so easy.
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Easy Canvas Art
Sometimes people look at a blank canvas and they just aren’t sure what to do with it. I mean let’s face it – we’re all not Picasso. If you told me to freehand paint something on canvas, you’d probably be disappointed.
That’s why I like DIY wall art with Mod Podge so much.
I promise that all of the ideas included in this post are achievable, and you don’t need artistic talent or training to do them. You can have canvas art to decorate your walls by this afternoon!
Before we jump into the DIY wall art projects, I think it’s important to answer a few questions that I get regularly. Read these before you Mod Podge on canvas.
DIY Canvas Art FAQs
What are standard art canvas sizes?
I try to encourage people not worry about about canvas sizes for their project. You should get a canvas to fit the space you are eyeing and then size up or down as needed.
Having said that, I really like the 16 x 20 canvas size for wall art. It’s substantial enough; not too small and not too large. If you have no idea what size to start with, try the 16 x 20.
What paints to use on canvas?
I recommend, since you aren’t painting masterpieces, just using an acrylic paint from the craft store for these canvas art projects. My favorite acrylic paint is FolkArt Multisurface as well as Martha Stewart. The color palettes for both of these lines are awesome, and the paints flow really well on canvas. They also cover really well.
What can you use on canvas besides paint?
Just about anything, if you have a bottle of Mod Podge! I’ve used felt, cardboard, scrapbook paper, fabric, jewelry, stamps, Sharpie, coloring pages, and more. Learn what you can use with Mod Podge that won’t bleed.
Do you need to prime canvas for acrylic paint?
Generally speaking, you don’t. Most of the canvas I buy at the craft store is pre-primed, so I don’t have to worry. Even if you buy canvas for DIY wall art and it’s not primed, you’ll be fine just to start painting.
Having said that, you might have to add a few more coats of acrylic paint just because it will soak in. The paint also won’t flow quite as well across the top of the canvas. What you can do if you want to prime your canvas is paint it white, or add a coat of Mod Podge over the canvas. Then you can paint on top with ease.
Should you paint the sides of a canvas?
Yes, I always do, especially with the gallery wrapped canvases. This is because I typically don’t hang canvas items with a frame, so you can see the edges and tell that they are unfinished.
Sometimes I wrap the fabric or paper around the sides too. The only time I would leave an unfinished edge is if I were going to frame.
DIY Wall Art Tips
In addition to the FAQ above, I have a few tips for you when you’re Mod Podging a canvas. These are a few things you should keep in mind:
Use enough Mod Podge; be liberal. Any that squeezes out the sides, just wipe away.
If you use paper or fabric to cover the canvas, flip over and smooth from the back, inside the frame. Make sure you use a craft mat to cover your table for this reason.
This cute DIY canvas art made with plastic animals is such a fun and easy idea! Mini canvas art like this is perfect for a nursery, kids’ room, or craft studio. You can complete this project in five simple steps.
Learn how to make a mixed media canvas with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge! This was a fun experiment with cute chipboard accents. So easy.
Ready to decoupage on canvas? Grab a canvas here and get started with one of these 20 ideas! If you want to see a video of some abstract Mod Podge canvases, simply press “PLAY” in the center of the video in this post!
Love these! I recently came across some sample wall paper that I want to turn into wall art. Will mod podge work on wall paper too?
Thursday 22nd of August 2013
Hi Sara! Yes it will - I've seen people use it many times :D
Monday 15th of April 2013
Wonderful and fun filled!! Thanks for this beautiful idea.
Sunday 16th of December 2012
i am a preschool teacher. This yr the kids made gingerbread men ornaments and painted them. Can we use modge podge to apply photos of the kids faces on the ornaments? The surfaces of course are not flat or smooth made by 3 yr olds. How would you apply the pics of the faces on? And the pics are on plain printer paper.
Saturday 24th of November 2012
Hi I need a lil help here with the mod podge. I have a 12 by 12 canvas. How do you put scrapbook paper on the canvas properly without the bubbles?
Sunday 25th of November 2012
Hi Destiny! I recommend watching my videos at youtube.com/modpodgerocks - you'll follow the same basic idea for the basics video, but I also recommend flip the canvas over and smoothing from the inside of the canvas as well. You also need to use A LOT of Mod Podge. :D
Friday 16th of November 2012
I would like to make a canvas family photo with one of the recent pictures we had done and I am not sure which is the best way to have the photo printed cause I have seen some that some people use ink photos and others use poster which do you think will work better? I have never done this before so it will be my first time and I love the way the gallery wrap looks that are sold online ... is this something I could do if I print the picture big enough to go around the whole canvas? Thanks so much for your help and advise :)!
Friday 16th of November 2012
Hi Heather! Laserjet is your best way to go if you want to Mod Podge it down (no smearing) and also I wouldn't go for gallery wrapping unless you are a pretty seasoned Mod Podger. It's difficult to wrap paper around canvas.