Apartment Living BlogDiy › Create Your Own Inexpensive Abstract Canvas Art

Sometimes creating your own artwork is easier for two reasons: You can ensure it will fit your style and color scheme, and it’s much cheaper. There are a gazillion ways to make your own canvas wall art. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do today, for less than $10. Let’s make some inexpensive abstract canvas art that adds a great deal of charm to your decor without putting a dent in your wallet.

The secret weapon? A small 6” ruler! Crazy, right?

Yes, that 6” ruler will be the key to this masterpiece! Let’s grab all of our supplies and get started, shall we?


  • Canvas, size of choice
  • Rulers
  • Acrylic Paint, in colors of choice
  • Sponge brush for each color
  • Pencil, optional

Now that we have our supplies, we’re all set to go! This is a very simple project with a very simple technique. Eeeks! I’m so excited.

First things first; let’s talk about our game plan. If you’re not the wing-it type, you might want to sketch out an idea of what you’re looking to accomplish. That’s where the handy dandy pencil comes in. You can then erase the lines when done and change your mind along the way. It’s a great option if you’re more of a planner. That would be me {smile}. I had a few of these rulers, so I kept playing around with what I was going to do … I’m a terrible perfectionist #facepalm. Can you relate to me?

I then got started by preparing my work area and paint. I like to use plastic lids (from Cool Whip containers) when painting for easy cleanup. So I set up two little stations for each color and primed up my rulers.

We’re officially ready to start painting! YAY!! You’ll start by placing a fair amount of paint onto your ruler. The thicker you have the paint on your ruler, the more texture you’ll see on your canvas.

Once you’ve “painted” your ruler, you’re going to place it (paint side down) onto your canvas and gently press down. Carefully remove your ruler from the canvas and ta-da!

Isn’t that perfectly imperfect and abstract? You’ll continue this process by alternating colors until your piece is complete. Another great option to consider is layering the colors. You can have a lot of fun with the colors, layering and placement!

After you’ve completed your placement, your work is done!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Have you ever made any canvas art or abstract wall art? Be sure to share any tips or ideas you might have for abstract canvas art with us here at ForRent.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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Kelly Rowe is an East Coast Girl at heart, who currently lives in St. Louis with her husband and two fur-babies. Author of the creative lifestyle blog, Live Laugh Rowe, she sees her blog as a celebration of life, creativity and food. Kelly can be found in one of three spots around the home — the kitchen whipping up a recipe or two, her shabby chic work room crafting the day away or the garage tinkering with power tools, paint and stains! She has a passion for social media and engaging with her followers. With several magazine features and brand partnerships, she is grateful to be able to do what she loves and inspire others to do the same. When she’s not creating and blogging, Kelly loves to travel with her husband, talk long walks with her two little dogs, catch up on her ever so full DVR and scour thrift stores/garage sales for future projects. Visit Live Laugh Rowe


  1. omgosh . . . I Loooooooooooooove this
  2. Kyla @HouseOfHipsters says:
    What a fun project and sooo easy! Love it!
  3. Katie @ The Casual Craftlete says:
    This would be a great project for beginners, like myself. I love the idea of making my own inexpensive wall art. Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks!
  4. Who would have thought a 6 inch ruler coube so helpful? Thanks for the inspiration.
  5. What a creative idea- love this!
  6. I LOVE this idea! Such cute wall art!
  7. Such a cool idea! And i love that you can customize it to match your room!
  8. Julie Blanner says:
    So simple & pretty!
  9. Ashley @ Simply Designing says:
    Wow! I really LOVE how this turned out!!!
  10. I love this! Its so simple, but chic at the same time!

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