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To Create Your Own Artwork or Not to Create Your Own Artwork?

One of the easiest ways to save money on artwork for your home is to create your own.  It can be hard to find artwork that speaks to me personally and that comes with an affordable price tag.

There is no other more personal wall decor than something you’ve created yourself.  It is extremely satisfying to be able to decorate your home with your own artwork.

Today I’m going to share a new painting I did this past week in hopes that it will inspire you to consider (if you haven’t already) trying your hand at it.

As usual I first found some artwork that inspired me.  Having some art or other inspiration around me gives direction for my painting.

I recently came across this artwork on Sarah’s blog, Life on Virginia Street, and loved it.  It has both a cheerful and a relaxed vibe and I thought it might look good in my master bathroom.

Minted Inspo Pic

via Minted

I didn’t like the price tag though (although I’m all about supporting artists so if you do have the money please buy it HERE)!

I already had dark blue and white wall paint, paint brushes, and a left over canvas from a 2-pack purchase so I decided why not give it a whirl.

The darker blue made it a little less cheerful but I still really like the result.

Navy DIY Artwork

I bought the canvas 2-pack at Michael’s for only $8 (that’s only $4 a canvas)!  The bigger brush below was $1 from the Dollar Tree.  The plant below was in the bouquet of flowers I got from my Valentine this year and that I kept to cheer me on for this project (you didn’t know plants make great cheerleaders, did you)?:-)

DIY Artwork Supplies

I started by painting a coat of the navy paint onto the canvas with the larger brush.  I used a plastic kitchen garbage bag underneath to protect the table.

DIY Artwork Painting

I like to have a picture of my inspiration painting in clear view as I paint.

DIY Artwork Tutorial

I started with the outline of the plant.

DIY Artwork Instructions

Then added v shaped leaves.

DIY Artwork PLant

Then it was looking a little sparse so I added some more offshoots and leaves to fill in the gaps. And voila it was done!  It took me maybe 25 minutes to do and under $10 to make.

Hint:  Wall paint leftovers and paint samples are perfect for creating artwork for your home.

DIY Artwork

So to create your own artwork or to not create your own artwork? You can probably guess my answer. YES!  Create your own artwork!!

Need some more instruction on how?  HERE is a step by step tutorial to painting the paintings below I did for our powder bathroom.

How to Paint an Abstract Painting



THIS is the tutorial for the spring abstract below.

How to Paint an Abstract Painting


HERE is another step by step abstract tutorial.

How to Paint a DIY Abstract Painting


This one hangs in our dining room.



And more recently I made this one for our living room.

Living Room Couch


Lastly HERE is a tutorial for the butterfly artwork I did for my daughter’s room years ago.

DIY Butterfly Wall Art


If you haven’t already I hope you will try your hand at creating art for your home!  It is very rewarding and a fabulous way to save money decorating your home!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend (yay, it’s almost here)!!  And as always let me know if you have any questions!





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