Before I started this project, the mudroom was SO close to being done. It needed something. Something that wasn’t too overbearing, but it needed to be a larger piece. How is someone supposed to do big but not intense?!

Duh, with neutrals!

That’s when I started to see this DIY textured art all over the internet. The thing is, although I needed something subtle, I still needed some (neutral-like) colour on the walls. This is what I didn’t see all over the internet: painted drywall compound textured art. I was nervous. I don’t have a single artistic bone in my body (in the traditional sense), yet I was about to endeavour in another art project.

You see, I’d done this DIY abstract black and white art before, and kind of nailed it (if I do say so myself). So, the nerves kicked in given the high standard I’d set for myself. In keeping with my abstract theme, I carried on, and think I have done pretty well again. I mean, if this wasn’t mean to be abstract, I’d be totally hooped. That doesn’t matter, let us get onto learning how to make this textured art!

DIY Textured Art hanging on the wall above shiplap. The art contains green and pink colours. Very neutral-like. Signed Samantha is standing in front of it smiling

What You Need to Make DIY Textured Art

Key materials to a kick ass DIY painted textured art piece:

  • A canvass (mine is 2 ft X 4ft)
  • Drywall compound
  • A putty knife
  • A foam paintbrush
  • A regular paintbrush (a decent size if your canvass is a decent size)
  • Acrylic paints of your choice (I literally bought the cheapest ones at Michaels, 2 greens and 3 neutrals – one was pink and two were white-y/cream coloured.
  • A paper plate or something to put your paint onto
DIY Textured Art hanging on the wall above shiplap. The art contains green and pink colours. Very neutral-like.

How to Make DIY Textured Art

1. Lay your canvass flat.
2. Take your putty knife and start to slather the drywall compound all over your canvass. I wanted mine entirely covered, so that was my first goal: to totally cover my canvass. Make sure you do a relatively thin layer of drywall, you can still achieve quite a bit of a texture when it’s thin.
3. Grab your foam brush or putty knife and work through some textures you like. The drywall compound will take a while to dry so don’t worry if you’re not into the texture you’re creating Just start again. You can dab, you can swirl, you can do brush strokes or a combination of all. Anything and everything goes.
4. Let the canvass dry overnight.
5. Get ready to paint your canvass. I went slow, to see where I wanted colours and where I didn’t. I was also very sparing with the paint because I didn’t want a ton of colour, I wanted more subtle. The greens were a bit too much for me, so I mixed them with the whitest colour I had.
6. Let your paint dry, frame the canvass, and hang it up!

If you want to learn how to frame your DIY textured art, I have it saved at the end of my Instagram highlight for the DIY Textured art and I have a full blog post on it here. You’ll also need this amazing picture hanging kit that I’m totally new to, but cannot recommend it enough based on my experience hanging this artwork!

DIY Textured Art hanging on the wall above shiplap. The art contains green and pink colours. Very neutral-like.


  • KT


    Did you use the dry wall sparkle or did you use dry wall joint compound?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Samantha

      Hi KT! I used drywall joint compound. To be honest, I think the spackle would work as well and take less time to dry, but think the drywall compound might have more durability – especially if you’re doing a larger piece.

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