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You’ve seen the design blogs, all featuring rooms with carefully chosen art, furniture and materials, all of which blend effortlessly into something beyond chic, something downright elegant. The owners will usually admit to spending years collecting their favorite pieces, the art of designing and decorating their home becoming a life-long passion. And in no way do we discourage this. In fact, we encourage this passion. We believe that at home you should surround yourself by things that inspire you, that remind you of what you love in life, and that make you feel comfortable and secure.

We also understand, however, the need to avoid breaking the bank while building your dream home. (When we say “building” your dream home we mean building it wherever you are; don’t wait because you’re not in your dream house! Oh, and your dream house? DOMA can help you with that.) Because hanging art is such a great way to stay inspired, and always elevates the polish of a room, we wanted to share this amazing low cost how-to with you. It’s simple, and the result is nothing short of dream house material.

Tutorial by Mandi Johnson via A Beautiful Mess. Photos by Mandi Johnson, edited by Spring and Valentine of the Signature Collection.

TIPS: For my paint, I used these heavy-weight acrylic paints in similar hues, blending them together to get specific hues and shades. I used a pre-stretched and primed canvas from an art supply store and applied my paint with a variety of drywall spatulas and one large painter’s brush. Because I don’t have an easel, I secured my painting to the wall and worked from there. Be careful if you try this, though, because I definitely got paint on the wall and had to touch it up later! For blending my paint, I used a coated masonite board from an art supply store and mixed the paint on it with a drywall spatula. I also applied the paint to the canvas using the same spatula. You can mix acrylic paint with water to help it spread with less texture build-up. If you are using oil-based paint, each layer may take longer to dry than acrylic, and if you would like to thin it, you will need to use chemical paint thinners to do so.

1. To start my painting, I applied the light magenta paint onto the canvas with a spatula and spread it around with a wide painter’s brush. I made sure to get around the edges of the canvas, but didn’t worry about painting the sides, because I was planning on framing it when I finished.

2. After the first coat of pink dried, I mixed more white paint with the light magenta and layered the lighter pink color over the top of the darker, leaving some of the darker paint showing through. I used a spatula for this to drag the paint along the canvas and create some texture.

3. After the second coat of pink paint was dry, I went over it with undiluted white paint. I applied the goopy paint to the canvas using a really wide drywall spatula so the drags of paint would be even and wide. After covering a lot of the upper part of the canvas, I used a smaller spatula to dabble white paint in lines and smears around the bottom of the canvas to give a little interest over the top of the pink paint.

4. After the white paint dried, I used the same technique with a wide spatula to apply yellow paint. I mixed the yellow paint with a little bit of light orange to give two tones to the paint before dragging it across the canvas.

5. After the first coat of orange paint, I wasn’t pleased with how the yellow looked when it showed through. I decided that I wanted more of a bold body of orange, so after the first coat dried, I used a wide spatula to add even more orange over the top of it and softened the edges by stippling them with the wide painter’s brush. I also stippled the surface of the orange paint here and there to add more textural interest to the thick paint.

6. Next I added more paint over the yellow areas to muddy it a bit more and give it a bolder presence. Then I used the edge of my wide spatula to add more textural white lines in places. The last touch was dragging some lighter orange paint on the upper right corner of the canvas to create a textural square. After dragging the paint, I wiped off my spatula and did another wipe across the orange paint to take away any excess. Then I stopped painting because I was afraid I might mess up the whole thing! So I decided it was finished.

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