Making Upcycled Art with Geneva Vanderzeil


Upcycled art is one of my favourite things to create and you will be surprised by just how simple it is to make. It is also a fabulous way to breathe new life into an old canvas and brighten up the walls of your home.

To make this Upcycled Art project, you will need:

  • An old canvas
  • Base paint
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Approximate time: 1-2 hours

Difficulty: Easy


The project step by step


Step #1 – Give your old canvas a coat of paint to create a clean base. My canvas has an old picture on it that I don’t really love – so it’s time to give it a new look.


Step #2 – Start drawing what I call ‘blobbies’ on your paper. I know that it isn’t exactly a technical term but it is what I call a range of different shapes with rounded edges.


Step #3 – Once these are all drawn up, it is time to cut them out. It takes a while but it is very satisfying once you have that little pile of shapes and blobs.


Step #4 – The next step is to lay these out on your canvas. You will need to play around with them until you feel like you have a good balance of colour across your artwork. Once you are happy with the layout, use a water-based sealer and glue such as Mod-Podge to stick them down.


Step #5 – Next hang your upcycled art project on your wall. It is seriously that easy! I love this project so much. You can get creative and make different pieces in a range of colours to match what is already in your home.


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