Painting and creating art for my home has been one of my favorite past times and stress relievers lately. Today, I have a fun and simple art project that I’m really excited to share with you all. This mixed media DIY floral wall art uses some really fun products you are definitely going to want to try! And – (bonus!) – this project is SO easy! You can still get great results even if you aren’t super confident in your artistic abilities.
- Blank Prestretched Canvas
- Marabu Art Spray in your chosen colors
- Marabu Acrylic Mousse
- Acrylic Paint
- Stencil Material and a Silhouette Cameo OR Pre-made Stencils
- Palette (I’m a fan of palette paper)
- Palette Knife or Brushes
Step One – Spray Background
I started off by creating a dark and moody background with a kind of galaxy look. I used the Marabu Art Sprays to create the background. These things are so much fun to play with, and you can get lots of different effects with them. (While fun, the art spray is definitely very messy so be sure to protect your work space well!)
Try spraying from farther away from the canvas for a lighter, more spread out look. Or, if you press down very lightly, you can get more of a splatter spray. To create this mixed, galaxy look, I sprayed enough paint to let it pool a bit on the canvas and then tilted the canvas to let it spread and mix a bit.
I would recommend trying out the art sprays on some practice paper before working on your canvas to give you an idea of how they work. When you have a look you like on your canvas, set it aside to dry. You can always layer in more sprays or colors if you like.
Step Two – Prep Stencil
While your canvas is drying, you can prepare for the next step – adding flowers using Marabu acrylic mousse, stencils, and a palette knife. You can use pre-made stencils or make your own using stencil material and a Silhouette Cameo like I did. I simply used a floral dingbat font to create my flower stencils, which is a really easy way to do it! Cut the stencil using the stencil material settings on your cutting machine, and then remove the inside pieces from the stencil.
Once your background is dry, you are ready to create the floral design. I used Marabu Acrylic Mousse, which is a thick, lightweight, textured paste that is great for creating three-dimensional designs in mixed-media projects. The acrylic mousse comes in several different colors, but you can also tint the white mousse with a few drops of acrylic paint, which is what I did here.
After you have your mousse mixed, use your palette knife to gently smooth the acrylic mousse over the stencil trying to keep the media from being pushed under the stencil. Then peel back the stencil to reveal your design.
If you like, you could leave your flowers smooth like this and they will still have a bit of a three-dimensional effect; however, I decided to use my palette knife and more of the acrylic mousse to add really build up the texture and shape of the flowers and make them look a bit more realistic.
To accomplish this thick, three-dimensional effect, just load up the tip of your palette knife (or brush) with more of the acrylic mousse and scrape it onto the canvas following the shape of the flowers you have stenciled on. Feel free to try adding more dimension by mixing in other colors.
Finally, go back and fill in empty spaces between the flowers with bud and leaf shapes using your palette knife. Load the tip of your palette knife with some acrylic mousse and place it on the canvas and then scrape the knife backwards to create the leaf or bud shape.
I used both red and green mousse for this, and I think it really helped to connect the individual flowers and create a unified composition. And that’s it! Just let the acrylic mousse dry (it may take 24 hours for to fully dry), and then your piece is ready to display.
If you’re a fan of florals, you might also like to try out this floral DIY night light that uses printed scrapbook paper and vellum.
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.