DIY Textured Artwork


My team at Fifth & Co. and I got creative with some artwork recently and it was too easy and fun not to share! I loved it so much I went home and made one for my living room with a friend. This is a great project to add some modern textured art to your home for next to nothing! I had a lot of these things at home leftover already (Drywall mud, paint, sanding block, roller, roller tray, and even the hardware – so I just needed the shaping tools!) BUT you can get all of these supplies at your local hardware store or dollar store.

This project is not about perfection, your art is whatever you want it to be. Have fun with it.


Step 1: Spread That Muddd

Before you start I recommend laying down a drop sheet or even an old sheet over your surface to protect it! Spread a layer of drywall mud as evenly as you can using your flat edge tool. Add as much drywall mud as needed depending on the thickness of the texture you would like to achieve. 

Step 2: Get Creative

There is plenty of time to make mistakes here, the mud takes a long time to dry, and you can always mist some water on it if need be. Create your desired design through trial and error and using your different tools. Once you’re happy with your artwork try to scrape any excess off the sides of canvas – you’ll be cleaning this up with sanding block later too.

Step 3: Grab a Cocktail and Let it Dry

Depending on the dampness of the location and thickness of the mud it can take a few days to dry (I let mine dry in my damp garage and put it on pretty thick – it took several days). 

Note: Beware of kitties! My little fur ball wanted to get in on the creativity and put a few paw prints in my friends piece. She wasn’t too happy with the addition. But with a little water and finessing we managed to fix the paw marks!

Step 4: Sanding

Once your artwork is dry use your fine sanding block and sand the edges on your piece to make them flush with the canvas as well as any other flat areas you have in your design. This is entirely optional – I wanted the intended texture to stand out so I sanded my flat spots. Using a hand-broom or vacuum clear off the dust from sanding (I used a vacuum). 

Step 5: Paint

Use any paint color you desire! I used a thicker roller to get into those crevices and chose some leftover white paint I had in storage. Your drywall mud will dry fairly white but I wanted it to pop on our off-white walls.

Step 6: Hanging

Using the hanging kit shown in the supply list, screw in the 2 eyes at the same level on either side of the canvas (I screwed mine on the inside so they wouldn’t make the canvas stick out from the wall). Then string the wire through one eye and twist the wire until secure. Feed the wire through the second eye and hold the wire tight as if it were being hung to see what length the wire needs to be. Trim the wire and twist/secure the other side of the wire. Using the drywall screw of your choice (I recommend Cobra Wall Anchors, something similar or use the nail/hanger that comes with the hanging kit if your canvas is light enough). Screw-in the anchor then the screw into your desired location. Lastly, hang your wire on the screw and adjust until level! Done!


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