The Beachy Wall Art You Can Make In An Hour

Season 6 Episode 14
CC | tv-pg
This triptych of soothing blue panels brings the beach to your living room.

  • Canvas drop cloth, cut to 10’ x 4’
  • (3) 24” x 36” Canvas wood frames
  • Acrylic paint with primer in one, choose 3 colors in graded color tones from dark to light
  • (3) Paint rollers
  • (3) Paint trays
  • (2) 4” Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Staple gun with heavy duty staples
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Apron

    Put on an apron. Spread out the canvas drop cloth horizontally over your work surface. Pour each paint color into a separate paint tray. Using a paint roller, paint across about halfthe canvas with the darkest color.

    Use a second paint roller to paint the medium color across quarter of the canvas, overlapping the previous darker paint by 2” –3”.

    Blend the dark and medium paint where they overlap using a 4” paintbrush, brushing in long horizontal brushstrokes. To help the paint blend easier, spray water onto the overlapping area first and then use the paintbrush.

    Use a third paint roller to paint the lightest color across the remaining quarter of the canvas, overlapping withthe previous medium color by 2” –3”. Repeat Step 3 for blending the medium and light colored paints together.

    Allow the paint to dry on the canvas for 2 –4 hours or until dry to the touch before moving onto the next step.

    Cut off any excess canvas from around the edges as long as it’s not more than 3” –4”. It doesn’t need to be cut exactly; the uneven edges will be on the back of the finished pieces.

    Fold the canvas into thirds. Place a canvas frame on top of the folded canvas to make sure there is at least 3” excess on all sides of the frame.

    Cut along the edges of the folded canvas to cut itinto thirds. Set two of the thirds to one side.

    Turn one of the cut canvases over face side down and place the wood canvas frame on top. Starting in the center of a long edge, fold the canvas over and staple to the wood frame using a heavy duty staple gun. Working from the center to the edges, fold over the canvas adding staples every 3”–4”. Repeat on the opposite side making sure to pull the canvas taut as you go.

    Repeat Step 9 on each short end but leave the corners until the next step.

    Cut off excess fabric from around the frameand corners. Tuck in the corner of the fabric to make a clean edge, fold it over on top of the frame and staple in place. Repeat for all four corners.

    To attach the remaining two canvases to wood frames, you will need to make sure the paint gradient is aligned across all three canvases. Place a wood frame on the paintedside of the canvas and nextto the framed canvas from the previous steps. Check thatthe gradients are lined up. Mark with a pencil on the underside of the canvas, flush with the edge of the wood frame.

    Turn the canvas over and line up the wood frame with the pencil marks from Step 12. Repeat Steps 9 to 11 to attach the canvasto the wood frame.

    Repeat Steps 9 to 12 for assembling the third canvas.