Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

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Chalkboard canvas wall art--really cool mixed media project!I loved having my niece visit a couple months ago, not only because she is a total sweetheart, but also because she loves a good DiY project almost as much as I do.  In the week she was here we made several cool projects, including these ombre vases, monogrammed felt baskets, and these cute mason jar candy pedestals.  But my favorite, by far, was this chalkboard canvas wall art.

Did someone say Mod Podge and chalkboard paint?  Seriously, what’s not to love?

I’m a little bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to home-decor–I have yet to actually hang something on this big wall–so for me the biggest appeal of this piece of artwork is that I can change it up whenever I want.  I love that it is interesting to look at, but still somewhat neutral.  Who knows?  Maybe one of these days I’ll even *gasp* hang it.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Here is what you need:

large canvas
old magazines (preferably ones with lots of text–we used Garden & Gun)
Mod Podge
paintbrushes (the 1 1/2″ disposable brushes work best)
blue painter’s tape
acrylic paint (I used cream; use something brighter for a bolder look)
black construction paper
sharpie marker
chalkboard paint


Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 1:  Tear out many, many, many pages of print from your magazines. This is a great task for kids!

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 2: Trim your text into smallish rectangles.  I trimmed most of the white space off.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 3: Start Mod-Podging the rectangles onto the canvas.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 4:  Keep Mod Podging until the entire canvas is filled, wrapping the newsprint around the edges as well.  Be patient, it takes a while.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 5:  Prop up the canvas and let it dry overnight.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 6:  Using your blue painter’s tape, create a zig zag at one end of the canvas.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 7:  Fill the rest of the canvas with zig zag stripes.  I knew I would never be able to get them perfect (I don’t have nearly enough patience for that!) so I purposely made them a little imperfect.    I like it a little better that way, but if you are one of those super perfectionist types, this step might take you a LONG time!

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 8: Paint over the portion of the canvas not covered in tape.  Let dry, but not too long.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 9: Very carefully remove the tape from the canvas.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 10:  Keep removing the tape until canvas is clear, then sit back and admire your stripes.  Let paint dry completely (overnight is best.)  You’re almost done!

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 11:  Tape 2 pieces of black construction paper together, then cut out your desired shape.  I don’t know what this shape is called or how to tell you to draw it.  I just did it freehand.  It is also a little imperfect, but again, I like it that way.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 12:  Place your paper shape on your canvas to determine where you want the chalkboard section to go.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 13:  Once you are satisfied with your placement, carefully trace the paper shape with your black sharpie marker.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 14: Carefully fill in shape with chalkboard paint; let dry.

Chevron Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art

Step 15:  Do 2-3 more coats of chalkboard paint, letting paint dry in between coats.  After final coat, let paint cure for 24 hours, then season chalkboard by rubbing entire chalkboard surface with wide side of chalk.  Wipe clean and you are good to go!

Chalkboard canvas wall art.  Really cool mixed media project using decopage newsprint & chalkboard paint.  Love the subtle chevron--there is so much you could do with this!

There is so much you can do with this idea–use bolder stripes for a brighter look, or simply change out the message and accessories to correspond to the season.  Or sometimes just use it to remind yourself to breathe!

Chalkboard Canvas Wall Art--really cool project using decopage magazine pages & chalkboard paint.  There is SO much you could d

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How do you change up your wall art?


  1. Taylor
    May 20 at 09:46AM

    LOVE it! I’m a word nerd, so this is right up my alley!!! CUTE!!!

  2. Ally
    May 20 at 11:29AM

    What a great idea! I love that your kids can help. Definitely doing this!

  3. May 21 at 02:49PM

    Such a cute idea! I’d love if you’d like up to The DIY’ers:

  4. Your art work turned out so cute. Reminds me of a project I would do. Nice job! I found you from your link on Home Stories A to Z. New follower! I would love for you to come check out my blog and let me know what you think!

  5. This is really a great DIY canvas wall art making project, i was looking for an easy diy canvas project and come across this post, i enjoyed this chalkboard canvas wall art project thanks for sharing..

  6. May 25 at 12:18AM

    Love this!
    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  7. May 29 at 10:08PM

    I love this! I chose it as a feature from my link party last week. I’m so glad you posted it. Feel free to grab an “I’ve Been Featured” button from the Link Parties page of my site. Thanks for sharing this!


  8. May 30 at 11:01AM

    I am a huge fan of art projects that the kids can help with! Mix media is so much fun too. My boys would have a hay day with this one! Thanks so much for sharing such a great project @ Great Idea Thursday’s 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  9. Ashley Campbell
    January 21 at 06:34PM

    That turned out great! I painted my old canvas with drawit paint so that we have a massive whiteboard now. But that’s definitely a more fun and artistic approach!

  10. Lily,I like your handwriting very much although there are some mistakes here.I am sure you can correct them.

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