How to Make Textured Wall Art with Spackle

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How to create spackle art on a thrifted canvas for under

This article gives step-by-step instructions for creating spackle art at home.

I have been on the hunt for artwork to go over my bed for a few months. I wanted a piece of art that was affordable and unique. 

While scrolling on TikTok I spotted the trend of using spackle to cover canvas and make original textured art. I found a 30×40 canvas at my local thrift store and decided to try it!

After creating this piece I can honestly say spackling canvas art is an easy, modern, and affordable way to create art! You don’t need to be an artist or have any special skills. To make textured canvas art you need some spackle, a few tools, and a general plan for your design.

Scroll down for 6 steps and a supply list for creating your own spackle art.

Textured wall art in store at homesense for 0. The diy art piece in this article cost under .

Textured wall art in store at HomeSense for $130. The DIY art piece in this article cost under $30.


6 Steps to Create Textured Spackle Art

1. Purchase a canvas

Decide what size art you want to create and purchase a canvas. Canvases can often be found at thrift stores, purchased new on Amazon, or locally in a craft store.

Purchase a canvas from thrift store (how to create textured spackle art)

2. Tape the edges with painter’s tape

Taping the edges of a canvas will prevent spackle from caking along the side of the canvas.

Tape the edges of canvas with painter’s tape

3. Spread spackle with a putty knife all over the canvas

On a flat surface use a putty knife to apply a thin coat of spackle over the entire canvas. I chose to use a pink spackle that dries white so I could see when the product was dry.

Spread spackle with a putty knife all over the canvas
Spread spackle with a putty knife all over the canvas

This step is really fun and satisfying. But it dries quickly so work quickly. While the spackle is still wet, use a putty knife to make a unique design in the spackle.

Spread spackle with a putty knife all over the canvas

4. Allow Canvas to Dry

This will depend on humidity, and how thick you spread the spackle over the canvas. For my art piece, it took a full 48 hours for the pink color of the spackle to turn white.

Allow canvas to dry

5. Remove Tape and Lightly Sand Edges

Once the canvas art is dry, remove the painter’s tape and lightly sand the edges with sandpaper where needed. Gently brush off any dust.

Remove tape and lightly sand edges of canvas

6. Spray canvas with sealer product

Before installing your new art on the wall, spray it with a clear spray paint type of sealant. Without a sealant, spackle is dry and could crumble. I used the product Colorshot clear sealer in matte

Spray canvas with sealer product

DIY Spackle Art Supply List:

Total $26.59

How to create spackle art on a thrifted canvas for under , art over bed

Overall I am thrilled with how the art turned out! I installed it over my bed and the art adds personality and texture to the wall. It was affordable to make (cost under $30), and each canvas art piece will be unique by using different putty knives or adding a paint color.

I recommend DIY textured wall art as a weekend project! 

How to create spackle art on a thrifted canvas for under

How to Make Textured Wall Art with Spackle

How to Make Textured Wall Art with Spackle

To make textured canvas art you just need some spackle, a few tools, canvas, and a general plan for your design. Spackling canvas art is an easy, modern and affordable way to create art.

Materials

  • Thrifted Canvas
  • Quart of DryDex Spackle
  • 3 Pack Plastic Putty Knives
  • Matte Sealant Spray
  • Painters Tape
  • Sand Paper

Instructions

    1. Purchase a canvas

Decide what size art you want to create and purchase a canvas. Canvases can often be found at thrift stores, purchased new on Amazon, or locally in a craft store.

2. Tape the edges with painter’s tape

Taping the edges of a canvas will prevent spackle from caking along the side of the canvas.

3. Spread spackle with a putty knife all over the canvas

On a flat surface use a putty knife to apply a thin coat of spackle over the entire canvas. I chose to use a pink spackle that dries white so I could see when the product was dry.

4. Allow Canvas to Dry

This will depend on humidity, and how thick you spread the spackle over the canvas. For my art piece, it took a full 48 hours for the pink color of the spackle to turn white.

5. Remove Tape and Lightly Sand Edges

Once the canvas art is dry, remove the painter’s tape and lightly sand the edges with sandpaper where needed. Gently brush off any dust.

6. Spray canvas with sealer product

Before installing your new art on the wall, spray it with a clear spray paint type of sealant. Without a sealant, spackle is dry and could crumble. I used the product Colorshot clear sealer in matte

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