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How to Create Sophisticated Abstract Wall Art On a Budget

A textured masterpiece for your living room.

The first time I came across Rehma's profile, it was through a freestyle mural she created for her son Ayub's room. It wasn't long before I was fully captivated by her beginner-friendly DIY projects, and slid into her DMs with a request that she share one here. Enjoy! - Leslie

Have you ever walked into a furniture store and thought, “Wow that art piece would be perfect for my home?” Then your dreams are instantly shattered because the price tag is a little scary? Yup, I've been there! After becoming a mom in 2016, I left my full-time job to follow my passion for DIY blogging and to focus on raising my babies, Hoda and Ayub. This year, we moved from our first home, which we spent five years renovating, into a 20-year-old fixer-upper that's the perfect canvas for DIY projects, like this one. I love working with color, but I wanted to balance colorful accents with a neutral piece of art for our living room, that showcased texture and added a modern flair. This DIY abstract canvas looks like you paid an arm and a leg for it! It’s easy to make, full of texture that will be sure to elevate your home decor. Here's how to make it:

Canvas (whatever size you prefer for the space)
DAP DryDex Spackling
Plastic fork, or anything that can add texture
Spray paint of your choice


Lay out your canvas in a space large enough to make a mess! Use the spatula to scoop out the bright pink DryDex and start layering it on the canvas, in a squiggle that spans from edge to edge, or the pattern of your choice (there's no wrong move here). Just be sure to spread a thick layer on the canvas, as layering it too thin allows the spackle to dry too soon, and makes it difficult to add texture. Don’t be scared of the bright pink color, it dries white!


Once you have your base layer of DryDex on the canvas, use your fork or utensil of choice to create long lines across the canvas in a swirl design. This is the most satisfying part!


Let the canvas dry completely. As soon as the DryDex is completely dry, it's time to add spray paint, in a color of your choice.


Paint the entire surface of the canvas with one layer of spray paint and let it dry overnight. Lastly, hang it up in your favorite spot and enjoy your one-of-a-kind masterpiece! 


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