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Wall art can be a difficult thing to decide on. In my home, I opt for more blues and ocean vibes. I try to make all of my own art to hang and this is one of my favorite easy ones to make. Right now, I have two of these small ocean canvases and a larger one in my bathroom. I also have a huge one in my kitchen, with some gold foil added in. I love how simple it can be to create wall art, it doesn’t have to be hard! This ocean wall art tutorial can be customized to your liking and you can even use pinks, oranges, and reds instead to make a sunset version. Don’t get overwhelmed by how many photos are in this post, it’s all about blending different colors and I wanted to show exactly how I do it.
- Canvas (in any size)
- Paint brush
All of the Apple Barrel paints can be found at Walmart for like 50 cents and the rest Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, besides the Aqua Shimmer which I bought from Target. Of course you can use any shades or brands, you don’t have to use the exact paints I used. Just make sure you have a good range of lights and darks and a black and white.
Starting with the black and working towards the right, I put each paint in my paint palette. It helps to put them in order of dark to light (or light to dark) so you always know which color to paint with next.
1. Starting with your lightest shade of blue, or Cloudless if you are using the same colors as me, paint a few strokes at the very top of your canvas. Then take a little white and paint over Cloudless more towards the top to blend it out and create an ombre effect.
Painter’s tip: Don’t clean your paint brush in between each color! You want to be blending each color together so it helps to just go from one color to the next without dipping into a water dish. You can also use white as a blender if you need to.
2. Taking Robin’s Egg and Aqua Shimmer, paint the mix under where you just painting Cloudless and blend it out by stroking the paint brush over and over, side to side. *Don’t forget to paint the edges of the canvas as you go so that they match with the colors on the front.
3. Use Bahama Blue in the same technique as you have been doing, only applying it under the last color painted.
4. Take Bright Aqua Green from Liquitex and paint a few strokes over Bahama Blue and the middle of the canvas, then blend.
5. Using your darkest blue, or Too Blue, paint a few random strokes on the middle of the canvas and the bottom third.
Be sure to blend it out!
6. Take your gray and apply a few random strokes on the bottom third.
7. Time for black! Starting at the bottom of the canvas where it should be darkest, start painting side to side upwards. You can take some of the dark blue to blend the black out. Just keep going back and forth with the blue and black until you have it as blended as you want it.
That is it guys! A super easy DIY ocean wall art is now ready to hang on the wall of your choice. I love how easy this is and how you can customize it to your liking.
I have these two below hanging side by side in my bathroom that I painted together so that the colors matched up. You can create a gallery wall all with just these ocean prints by mixing different sizes. It makes for a great pop of color in any room.
If you recreate this DIY and want me to see, tag me @sweettealblog or use #SweetTealDIY on Instagram or Twitter!