How to paint a Chevron Canvas

    I have been taking art classes, trying to channel my inner artist but quite frankly, an artist I am not.  But, my art teacher helps me create what I would have thought impossible.  She is Daughter’s art teacher – she is a “famous” local artist who sells her paintings in a local gallery.  She has a beautiful home, complete with a large art studio where she holds classes for the kids.  Her classes are in high demand – we were on a waiting list for a full year before Daughter got a spot.  Then she started offering classes for the moms.  We bring in inspiration photos – usually from catalogs or Pinterest – and she helps us re-create our inspiration.

     In my last class I decided to paint a chevron for my kitchen.  As I told you earlier, I just had all the walls of my main living areas painted Benjamin Moore Indian White.  I love, love, love it – the art pops off the walls and it is so light and bright in my house.  But you know how it is when you change something –  next thing you know you want all new furniture, accessories, art work, pillows, etc.  In my kitchen I had a canvas purchased a few years ago from Ballards and it just did not go with the new white walls.  So I used my wall color and painted over the canvas and brought it to art class as a clean white slate.  I mean for reals – I better be honest here – it was a Ballards canvas with an apple and a pear – not exactly hip like a chevron!  Now when I’m perusing a consignment shop, garage sale or flea market – I’ll have my eyes peeled for old, ugly apple and pear type canvases and just paint over them.  My Ballards canvas was so much nicer than what I would have bought at the craft store.

    1.  First you need to determine the width of your chevron.  Measure your canvas and determine how many full zig-zags will be on your canvas.  I then cut out a stencil from cardboard – I forgot to take a picture of it, but it just looks like a V.  Then I used a pencil to draw out the chevron across the canvas, carefully following my pencil lines.


2.  Next I distressed my canvas.  I mixed a few ruddy colors of paint (one was a metallic bronze) and used dry brush strokes.  I then went over the paint with a sponge to distress it.  I left some areas more distressed than others.  Remember to do the sides, top and bottom as those will show when it is hanging on the wall!

3.  Next I taped the parts of the chevron that would not be painted.  This is where your eyes start to go all gobbledy gook so use your pencil to remind yourself which part is painted and which isn’t.  Or trust me, you will mess it up.  At this stage, I forgot to erase the pencil lines that would show on the final product.  I had to remove the lines with acetone and fix those areas.  After you have taped, start painting!  I mixed my own color using blues and grays.  When I painted my chevrons, I did not want it to be perfect lines – I wanted an overall distressed and aged look.  But it would look good with perfect lines too – just your preference.

4.  Now you can remove the tape and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!  I used a hair dryer to make sure she was good and dry before I took her home.

See?  Easy peasy – even a non-artist like myself can do it!


About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!