How to Make Quick, Stylish Art to Jazz Up Any Space

by TJay InOz

With a bit of fabric, some black paint, a hot glue gun and some red for a splash of colour - these quick and easy canvases take minutes to make and provide years of style.


  • 1 Stretched Canvas Block
  • Artists Acrylic Primer Gesso Black
  • Series 1 Matt fluid acrylic Unbleached Titanium
  • Series 2 Matt fluid acrylic "Silver"
  • Series 3 Matt fluid acrylic "Cadmium Scarlet"
  • 1 ColourFun Flat Bristle Brush
  • 1 Art Studio Size 4 Flat Brush
  • 1 Art Studio Size 1 Round Brush
  • Fabric with distinctive, clear images to cut out
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I used a ColourFun Flat Bristle brush and Jo Sonja's Gesso Black for the background.

    Step 2

    Using the ColourFun Flat Bristle Brush, paint the canvas(es) with the black Gesso paint, not forgetting the edges of the canvas. When dry to touch, add a second coat if needed.

    Step 3

    Select the fabric piece you are going to stick onto the canvas.

    Step 4

    Cut the image out of the fabric cropping it as closely as you can.

    Step 5

    If you're using several images, try to crop each image with the same amount of border.

    Step 6

    Using the hot glue gun, glue the fabric piece to the canvas, making sure to glue down all of the edges.

    Step 7

    Once the glue is dry highlight the edges of the fabric with a thin line of silver using the Art Studio Size 1 Round Brush.

    Step 8

    Using the Size 4 Flat brush and the Cadmium Scarlet paint (with a little black added if you want to tone down the scarlet a bit), paint the name of the city across the bottom of the canvas block

    Step 9

    Once the scarlet paint is dry, highlight the lettering to make it "pop" against the black, using the Art Studio Size 1 Round Brush and the Unbleached Titanium .

    Step 10

    I also added a little colour to the image on the fabric of this one using the scarlet and the small round brush.

    Step 11

    All done and ready to put on the wall.