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Create Easy Abstract Canvas Art Using A Stencil

Wall Stencils Can Help Create Custom Canvas Artwork

Welcome back, my Cutting Edge Stencils friends.  Go ahead and banish those blank walls and channel your inner artist with this totally doable and trendy DIY wall art project. We’re going to show you how to easy it is to paint your own canvas wall art using a stencil pattern. All it takes is a blank canvas, some acrylic craft paint, and your favorite stencil design.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Greg decided to craft abstract wall art using our Flock of Cranes Stencil. Let’s walk through the steps for completing this easy stencil project. The first thing Greg did was grab a 24″ by 36″ canvas that he had in the office. Watch this quick video tutorial about this creative project.

Let’s walk through the steps for this project. He set up his crafting area with acrylic craft paints and small chip paint brushes.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html
Greg measured about eight inches up the canvas and masked off the section with blue painter’s tape to create a skyline.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

For this project, Greg used a range of acrylic craft paints including an off white, turquoise, navy blue, aqua, robin’s egg blue, yellow and brown toffee.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

He started off by placing drops of robins egg blue, navy, and turquoise randomly across the canvas.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Then using a dry chip brush he combined the paint colors in a horizontal motion. This technique is called colorwashing. It’s a faux finishing technique where you blend to paint that are wet.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Using a small chip brush, Greg worked the wet paint colors into each other until they were blended. Then he added touches of yellow and brown toffee to the edges. He used a separate chip brush to combine these paint colors.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Greg removed the painter’s tape to reveal his faux horizon.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Next it was time to create an abstract sky using the same technique that he had used for the bottom half of the canvas.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Greg used a chip brush to blend his wet paint colors.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Abstract yet interesting was his goal and he totally succeeded! This painted canvas would serve as the base for his stencil.

We love this amazing Flock of Cranes Stencil! It captures the graceful movement of a flock of migrating birds.

The Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Greg selected the medium size craft stencil for this project. He placed it on top of the canvas and held it in place with blue painter’s tape.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Then he began painting the flock of cranes pattern in a metallic gold using a two inch dense foam roller. If you are recreating this project at home, please make sure you roll off any excess paint onto a piece of paper towel. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Greg made sure he covered the entire design with paint before he removed the stencil from the canvas.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

He repositioned the stencil so he could continue the bird pattern across the canvas. Greg used the registration marks to line up the stencil and repeat it.

Learn how to DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Then he stepped back to admire his beautiful work. Here is Greg’s stenciled canvas artwork.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Greg placed is stenciled canvas painting on an accent wall in his living room.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil DIY canvas artwork using the Flock of Cranes Craft Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/flock-of-cranes-diy-craft-project-stencils.html

Tell us, which stencil pattern would you use on a canvas project? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to read your thoughts!

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Thanks for reading and happy stenciling!

Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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