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  • Textured Canvas Wall Art

    February 09, 2022

    We’re about to share a little secret to create a DIY texture frame your home worth of the best home décor Pinterest feed. Are you ready? Joint compound. Yes, this container filled with a material used to smooth seams and smooth drywall in your home can also be used to add texture and layers to a canvas frame filled with peaks and valleys. Take it a step further and create a mixed media piece with an ombre assortment of acrylic paints and chunky glitter for a little sparkle. The thin molding of our Ryder frame adds a beautiful finishing touch to your textured piece that looks great in a dining room or any living space in your home.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Canvas Frame
    • Canvas
    • Joint Compound
    • Putty Knives
    • Acrylic Paints
    • Paintbrush
    • Glitter

    First, make sure to cover your workspace.

    Joint Compound Textured Wall Art Step 1

    Apply a generous amount of joint compound to your canvas. Use a putty knife, plastic fork or whatever tool you have handy and push around the material. Try different techniques to achieve different results. Squish it in and lift to create peaks. Smooth it over to create flat areas. Drag a string through to give a fabric texture. Use a plastic fork to poke holes to create a pattern.

    Allow to dry overnight.

    Paint Texture Canvas Wall Art Step

    Apply acrylic paint onto the canvas. We tried an ombre technique with different blues starting with a deeper blue at the bottom.

    Glitter Textured Canvas Wall Art

    For a little extra sparkle, sprinkle some fine glitter onto the piece while the paint is still wet.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art Final

    Once the paint and glitter are dry, screw the canvas onto the frame. Tip: Try to do this while the frame is standing and don’t flip it over to apply. This will help stop the raised peaks from getting cracked and breaking off.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art Close Up

    With the help of the 1/4 inch lip, the Ryder frame will make your canvas look like they're floating within like you commonly see in art galleries.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art on Wall

    Hang this DIY Texture Frame in a dominant place in your home and enjoy your inexpensive piece of art.

    Textured Canvas Wall Art on Wall

    Textured Wall Art Pinterest 

     


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • Hot Glue Canvas Art

    January 26, 2022

    You can draw with a pencil, marker, or crayon, but did you know you can also draw with hot glue? Yes, this solid to liquid adhesive dries hard and is a fun way to add a layered and raised texture to your canvas. Give into this textured look and create a piece of boho canvas art for your home or office featuring a trio of arrows. Finish off this unique piece of art with a canvas frame, like the Seraphina Floater Frame that incorporates that country charm with those rustic elements into your existing décor.

    Hot Glue Canvas Art Supplies

    Supplies:

    • Canvas Frame
    • Canvas
    • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
    • Acrylic Paint and Paintbrush
    • Pencil

    Hot Glue Canvas Sketch

    First, draw out your design lightly on your canvas.

    Hot Glue Canvas Glue

    Next, plug in your glue gun and trace your pencil drawing.

    Hot Glue Canvas Paint

    Cover the entire canvas, including the hot glue with a paint color of your choice. Tip: two coats are probably necessary to provide good coverage.

    Hot Glue Canvas Art

    Once fully dry, secure your canvas in your frame.  

    Hot Glue Canvas Art Glue Gun

    The light color of this Seraphina canvas frame allows your design of choice to stand out. Its subtle texture compliments the raised look of this glue gun art.

    Hot Glue Canvas Art Horizontal

    Hot Glue Canvas Art Vertical

    Hot Glue Canvas Art Pinterest


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.
  • How To Float Mount Your Art

    January 19, 2022

    Float mounting is a cool technique used to raise your art slightly above the backing and make it appear floating. This mounting method is a way to add depth and dimension to your display. From photos and art, textiles or objects, it helps to show off any unique edges or emphasizes the depth of 3D objects.

    Luckily for you, float mounting is easy. Follow along with this tutorial to make your art, textile or object look like it was framed in an actual custom framing shop - for a fraction of the price!

    To float mount your art, you'll need a frame, mat board, foam core, frame spacers, tools like a small utility knife, scissors, art tape, ruler and pencil, and the art piece of your choice.

    float mounting materials

    When choosing your frame to float mount your art in, you want to make sure that it has enough space inside for the art to breathe. The art should not touch the glass and should have enough room for a piece of foam core to fit behind it. You can sort by frame depth in our picture frame or shadow box sections to find the perfect depth for your object.  

    float mounting step 1

    Step 1: Cut your mat board to be the same size as the back of the frame. All of our frames come with a pre-cut backing, so if you've ordered a custom frame from us, you can skip this step.   

    float mounting step 2

    Step 2: Cut the foam core about a quarter inch smaller than the art or object. It should be small enough not to see it when in the frame. 

    float mounting step 2

    Measure your art and trace its outline on the foam core. Measure 1/4 of an inch from this outline, and make a mark. This will serve as your reference point to cut parallel to the outline of your art.

    float mounting step 2

    Next, take your knife and carefully cut the foam core out, staying 1/4 of an inch inside of the outline at all times.  

    float mounting step 3

    Step 3: Next, mount your art to the foam core using artist tape. Ensure that the foam core is completely covered. 

    float mounting step 4

    Step 4: Tape the foam core to the mat or backing, ensuring it's centered. You can eyeball your placement or measure to find the center for accuracy.  

    float mounting step 5

    Step 5: Measure and cut the spacers to fit tightly around the inside perimeter of the frame. The spacers are needed so that your art does not touch the glass while in the frame. We recommend using foam core for a seamless fit with the backing. If you order your frame for this float mounting project from our shadow box section, we'll provide and install the spacers for you!

    float mounting step 6

    Step 6: Assemble your frame and check out your masterpiece.

    Float mounting works with all kinds of art and objects. Find a frame today on our website, where you will find hundreds of frame options with a wide variety of sizes, styles, and depths to choose from to make your floating art come to life.    

    Special thanks to artist Gina Julian, who lent her art and expertise to help create this tutorial!


    About The Author

    Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
  • How To Refresh Your Frames

    January 12, 2022

    With the new year in full swing, you might be itching to make some changes in your life—changes like adopting healthy habits, learning new things or even updating your appearance. But those image upgrades don’t just have to stop at your hair and wardrobe. Updating your space can breathe new life into your home or office. 

    While a complete redesign might not be in the cards or the budget, there’s something inexpensive and easy you can do to make your rooms feel new. Update your art. 

    Here are some easy and affordable ways to refresh your space.

    Move Your Wall Art Around

    Reconfiguring where you display specific frames can make all the difference. 

    Shadow Boxes

    These frames fit perfectly in this space between my corner and my closet. However, these shadow boxes were directly across from a window, which created a constant glare. 

    Shadow Boxes Moved

    The easiest solution was to find these frames a new home where they would look their best. Instead of displaying these shadow boxes across from my window, I moved them next to the window to eliminate the reflection.

    Replace the Art

    Nothing makes a space feel refreshed like new art on display. There are plenty of ways to upgrade your space from art prints to family photos. 

    Free Printables

    Free Printables in Frames

    One of my favorite ways to find art is on Pinterest. There are so many artists offering free printables. You can easily browse for free printables based on your style. I found these free boho printables to use in my Ceruse frames

    Update Photographs

    Special moments happen all the time, and now, more than ever, it’s important to highlight them. Swap out the photos currently in your frames with more recent snapshots. Or be sure to incorporate pictures featuring new additions to your family. 

    Create Your Own Art

    Create Your Own Digital Art

    In addition to the DIY projects on our blog, you can also create your own digital prints. With websites like Canva, you can create art without any graphic design experience. 

    I used the colors from the free boho printables to create coordinating pieces to replace the art in these Waverly shadow boxes

    These are just some of the ways you can breathe new life into your space. For more framing tips and tricks, follow along with our blog!


    About The Author

    Brittany DeMauro Headshot Brittany DeMauro is the Creative Director here at CustomPictureFrames.com. With a background in creative writing and a passion for all things DIY, you'll find her in the shop crafting content. She can always find space for a fun gallery wall and loves discovering new artists to display around her home (in custom frames, of course!) When she's not creating content for our brand, she can most likely be found binging shows on Netflix with her two cats.
  • Tips for Framing Kids’ Art

    January 05, 2022

    Kids love to express their creativity! That sketch of a family portrait, first attempt to write their own name or adorable drawing of their imaginary world can be so hard to throw away! And while you can’t keep EVERY doodle they’ve ever created, you can certainly pick out a few favorites. We’re sharing a few ideas on how to use these physical pieces of your child’s imagination as keepsakes, gifts, and home décor with tips to frame kids’ art.

    pile of kid's art

    First, sift through the pile of artwork you’ve no doubt collected. Grab your favorites and decide what can be framed easily. Don’t be afraid to crop it down to a smaller size to fit into a frame.  Too small? Mat the art with patterned paper behind it.

    Tip: If any art is too bumpy or wrinkled, lay heavy books on top to flatten them out first.

    If the pieces if too dimensional, consider omitting the acrylic front and frame it as is with the dimensional pieces hanging out slightly.

    If your child ever attends one of those “paint your own canvas” parties then you are now the proud owner of a painted canvas that needs a frame. Use a canvas frame that attaches with some canvas clips on the back.

    Kid's Art in Rainbow Frames

    When it comes to the arrangement or color choices, consider matching their existing room palette or create a unique one on the wall, like a rainbow design for a little girl!

    Looking for more ways to use children’s artwork and not throw them all in the trash? Try these ideas:

    • Use artwork as a card. Fold that paper in half and write your message inside. Drop it in the mail or pass it straight to the recipient.
    • Photograph their art and turn it into a photo book. Create them by year and watch their artist talents grow, page by page.
    • Turn them into a puzzle. If the piece of art is a recognizable character or shape, cut it up into a few pieces and turn it into a game. It’s the perfect thing to play at a restaurant while waiting for food.
    • Decoupage something with them. If the artwork is made by very tiny hands and is more abstract than literal, you can rip up pieces of it and turn it into a mosaic or decoupage an item with it.
    • Gift it to grandma. She’ll love it!

     

    Frames featured in this rainbow room setup:

    Red- Gannon
    Orange – Ginger
    Blue – Tallulah
    Green – Harlan

    Tips for Framing Kids' Art


    About The Author

    Tara Nehil Headshot Tara Nehil is author of SpotOfTeaDesigns.com, a lifestyle blog sharing home décor, crafts, party inspiration and parenting lessons learned the hard way. Her graphic design background is evident in the home she lives in and styles with her husband of 8 years and 2 young daughters. Follow her creative journey for photo tutorials, printables, budget-friendly decorating tips and ways to celebrate occasions big and small.