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Project Pinterest: Palette Knife Art

Last weekend was craftastic – I decided that the living room needed a refresh, so I started with four blank canvases and ended with a new wall of art!  This palette knife art was the first project I tackled – super simple, with impressive results.  My inspiration comes from one of my favorite DIY blogs, Bower Power.


I pinned it a few weeks ago, and it was the first project that came to mind when I started thinking about what I wanted up on our walls. You could definitely work with any color palette, but I had already decided to go with blues and greens for the living room – so I followed the tutorial to a T!  Let’s get started!

Palette Knife Art

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

Time: Maybe 30 minutes

Cost: About $20, depending on what you already own (individual prices listed under supplies)


  • craft paint (4-5 colors – I bought this set of Martha Stewart craft paint, but individually each color runs about $2-3)
  • palette knife ($3)
  • stretched canvas (this 15X30 was about $7)
  • paper plate or other surface for mixing paints


Squirt a bit of each color onto your paint-mixing surface – I used a paper plate, which was perfect for keeping it all contained and then easily thrown away afterwards.  When choosing your colors, you want a range of light to dark – I went with greens and blues, the lightest being a pastel and the darkest a navy.

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

With your palette knife, mix a couple colors together.  Starting at one end of the canvas, scrape a straight line to make a square or rectangle.  Continue across the canvas, and again in straight lines down the canvas.

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

Just keep going until the canvas is filled with rows of squares- it’s super easy!  Try to keep mixing colors together, and if you get a few in a row that are too similar, just scrape another layer on top.  About halfway through, my squares started running together and the colors started to look a little “muddy,” so I wiped off the palette knife and added some fresh paint on the paper plate to get back on track.

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

Ta da!  This was really fun – hard to mess up, and the final product looks great.  This is a great project when you need to fill up a canvas of any size – and of course, you don’t have to do straight lines.  The palette knife makes it easy to do slanted squares or rectangles, other geometric shapes, or you could do a chevron or cross hatch pattern.  Lots of possibilities!

The Amateur Librarian // Palette Knife Art

As usual, Pinterest has saved the day! I’m linking up to a few of my favorite Pin-spiring link-ups:

Bower Power and Young House Love are co-hosting another Pinterest Challenge so I’m joining in!


Hey, that’s Pin-tastic!, hosted by I Love You More than Carrots

Bake, make, or decorate… but most importantly, do!

Pinteresting Project, hosted by Lulu & Sweet Pea

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