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 ...and thanks for stopping by. I'm Claire Douglas,  DIY and home interiors writer specialising in money-saving and creative home interior projects. I've spent years developing my 'bespoke on a budget' approach to DIY and home interiors and I love sharing all my tips and tricks in tutorials and posts here on my blog, in articles I write for some of the leading titles, in the press, on Instagram, Tiktok and my online course

DIY Textured Abstract Art for a Fiver!

Updated: Oct 23

This simple little DIY home decor project went down a storm on Pinterest & Insta when I shared it, which was a surprise as it's not a big transformation but I think it appealed as was so easy to do & only costs a fiver.

We have a brilliant shop in town which sells cheap art supplies and I picked up these canvases for £2 each and got a small tub of polyfiller from Amazon for £1. Then the fun starts! You can go as minimalist or extra as you like and the great thing is that no two canvases will be the same so you really are creating unique pieces of art.

You can add gold leaf (like I did below), it's actually not real gold but another substitute from Amazon.

Gold leaf ready to be dusted

Another great thing about making your own art, is that you can ensure that the colours of the paint that you use compliment the colour palette of your interiors (below), making the whole aesthetic look more thought out.

two green painted canvases
F&B Treron & Bone respectively

A selection of tester pots of paint.
Tester Pots

Top tip: Buy tester pots of paint if you only need the paint for your canvas art, or use up any left over paint you have.

Try spreading the polyfiller out with different tools to give different effects. I used a grout spreader (below) to give ridged appearance, but you can get a more subtle effect from a spatula and a smoother result again from a sponge or paint brush.

Grouting tool used for textured canvases

You can also increase the texture by building up thin layers of filler, this helps it dry quicker and can make it less prone to crack. Flexible filler is great if you want to create thicker layers as it is designed to crack less.

Ready to paint.

This kind of DIY art is perfect for customising and putting your stamp on. Hang it in your home office, bedroom, kitchen or living room. Let me know if you have a go, tag me in your insta posts and I'll share them to my stories. Don't forget to subscribe to my weekly email (just pop your email in the box at the bottom of the page) if you want to be kept up to date on my latest blog posts, discount codes and styling tips.

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