How to make some easy wall art using glue, acrylic paint, and water colors! This glue painting on canvas came out BEAUTIFUL!
I needed some wall art for my barn office that I just finished, and I saw a great idea for using glue mixed with black acrylic paint- PLUS I HAD ALL OF THE SUPPLIES! Woohoo! I LOVE how it ended up coming out. I was able to finish this up pretty quickly and it is gorgeous. I
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DIY Glue Painting on Canvas with Watercolors
Most of these glue art projects seem to be more abstract, but I wanted to add animal pictures to my walls, seeing I have an animal-assisted therapy practice. I don’t have a lot of art skills so I used a projector to give me the lines to trace. It was super simple and came out great.
- Projector that has a zoom feature
- Projector ceiling mount
- Canva Horse Head design
- Large canvas
- Cheap art glue in a bottle
- Black acrylic paint
- Watercolors (I used the kids kind)
- Paint brushes and water
- I used other paint around the outside of the canvas.
- Color Shift: Blue Flash | Brushed Metal …I’m only seeing these sold as sets with other similar colors. Honestly, I love them, they’re worth having if you paint a lot.
Step 1: Mix black acrylic paint into your glue bottle. Mix thoroughly. I just added black acrylic paint and mixed it in with the glue until I felt it was a good dark black. It didn’t take a lot.
Step 2: Draw your design with the black glue. I am not a great artist, but I CAN trace. I was able to use a projector to project the Canva horse head onto the canvas, then traced the outlet using the black glue.
Note: DO NOT USE PENCIL to outline first. I attempted it with pencil first and unfortunately it still shows up through the paint and glue. I’m frustrated, but it’s not super obvious so I’m ignoring it. I guess I could have tried to erase it first, but alas. I thought the paints would cover it. They did not.
I added extra “zones” to the original design, and I also hand “drew” hearts as well. I made sure there were lots of different zones separated by the black glue lines so I could use different colors once I got to painting.
Step 3: Let the glue dry. I left it for a few days because it’s a LOT of glue and quite lumpy.
Step 4: Use water colors to paint between the different zones. I used a lot of different colors.
I started with red (which looks pink) and purple….
Then I worked in the green.
Starting to add in brown… I tried to blend from the green to the brown.
Step 5: I wanted something darker along the edges of the canvas so I used a couple of different paints that I had laying around to cover the outside front edges.
Colorshift, Brushed Metal along the edges…
Colorshift, Blue Flash inside the Brushed Metal.
Once those were added, I filled in a few more areas with blue and yellow watercolors.
Again- love love love how this came out. I want to make five more, but I ran out of glue!
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