Easy DIY Herringbone Canvas Art

Herringbone My bathroom wall was bare and looking boring, so I decided to give it a little more color to the bathroom.

I encounter with this Herringbone Canvas Art on Pinterest all the time, and following their instructions and with my twists, I was able to create something that makes even my bad painting skills into “display-able” work of “art”! Here I am being too excited not to share with you on how to create your version.

This pattern is called “Herringbone” and it looks like arrows stuck together that you may see around you time to time – is a pattern named after herring’s bone structure woven together. This is used on floor tiles and pavement such as this.

herringbone pavement origamiPhoto

I am sure you can use many of other patterns to create your unique art works just by tweaking this instructions a bit. (and would love to see if anyone tried it!) See below for how to make your own Herringbone Canvas Art!   DIY Herringbone Canvas what you need What you will need:

  • Canvas of your choice
  • Acrylic paint (I would not recommend oil)
  • Basic painting needs (palette, brush, jar for water)
  • White Spray paint (I chose satin finish)
  • Painter’s tape (Size of the pattern you would like)
  • Another tape (Size of tape will be the width between the patterns)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

Step 1: Paint in color(s) you want – I used acrylic for a faster drying process. I think a wider brush worked well. (I used filbert 10) I also made sure the sides of canvases are painted as well, since I did not plan on framing this. DIY Herringbone Canvas   Step 2: Wait till the canvas is completely dry, and meanwhile, get ready for your artist’s tape. In order to make my life easier, I had cut the tapes ahead of time so I do not have to cut them every time I use them. This is a bit wasteful in a way, but works well for this project. First take a strip of tape and measure how long you want the strip to be, put that on top of the roll of tape, use as a measure and cut with an Xacto knife or box cutter where the tape starts and end so that it’s pre-cut in a same length. Put enough pressure so the layer below the outer tape is already cut. This makes your life a lot easier! (I took this photo for a display purpose. I actually made each strip 6 inch length.) DIY Herringbone Canvas Tape Step 3: For putting strips in a straight line, I used my old school triangle ruler using its 45 degree angle. When placing the first strip, I used it to make sure it is the angle that I have, and used the ruler to check later on. To keep the distance between the lines constant, use another tape of width you want (say half inch apart, get a .5 inch wide tape) and use that as a guideline.  DIY Herringbone Canvas tape1   When you are at the end, and need to go to the next layer, use tape to keep the same distance all around.     DIY Herringbone Canvas tape2     Step 4: When it is all done, it is completely optional, but I have removed some random strips on canvas to make it more playful and inconsistent on the uniform surface. Now time to spray on top – make sure all the edges of your tapes are properly sealed and attached to the canvas. Spray a thin layer of white paint, trying not to let it make too thick on one part, paddle-y, or runny. Also spray on the sides. Apply a few layers till the painting below is not see-through, completely covered in white. DIY Herringbone Canvas Spray Paint  Step 5: Slowly remove the tapes, and that is it! DIY Herringbone Canvas Remove Tapes       My bathroom is no longer boring, and it is happily stationing next to my mirror, which I look at every morning! DIY Herringbone Canvas After