My Chevron Obsession: DIY Painted Chevron Canvas

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I’ve gone a bit mad with chevrons. I know I’m a bit late to this particular trendy party but we shall press on. Through my Pinterest escapades I have discovered a multitude of ways to work a chevron pattern into your home décor and I plan to utilise every single one of them (probably) in my new home! Wall art, cushions, rugs, accessories – you name it. If you can put a chevron on it, it’s happening.

So I started off small.

When I told Ian that I wanted to paint a chevron-striped canvas he basically laughed in my face. This seems mean (and I went in a suitably long huff for the trouble) but he was kinda right. I have never painted a single picture in the 3 years that we’ve been together. The closest I’ve come was spray-painting a zebra print onto some long-johns for a fancy dress pub crawl (this turned out AMAZING btw). After this, I vowed that I would show him who’s crafty *shakes fist menacingly.* I had all of the best intentions to complete this masterpiece in secret and then present my wares for him to then consume the humblest of humble pies. However, I didn’t take into account my complete ineptitude at mathematics. Cue me wandering through sheepishly to him to ask for help drawing my grid. It was a Sunday afternoon and my brain was sorely underprepared for the complexity of drawing squares, apparently.

So, here’s how I managed to make THIS MASTERPIECE:20130806-160757.jpgSupplies:


Method: Divide your canvas up into squares evenly. Remember to correctly measure your canvas as what it’s advertised at might not be the case (found this one out the hard way). My squares ended up being about 5x5cm and my canvas was 30cmx40cm: in total 48 squares! Also, try and sketch this as light as possible as pencil is a bugger to rub out of canvas. Who knew?


Divide every one of these squares diagonally in half (still drawing VERY lightly). Each column should have a diagonal in the same direction and then each row should go in the opposite direction. Voila, you now have your chevrons!


Now grab your masking or painters tape and mark of the pieces that you want to remain white. I recommend cutting loads of tape in batches so that you can get into a rhythm. Line up the tape with your diagonal lines and try to get the edge of the tape right into the point of each chevron. This will ensure that you have a nice, clean tip. Make sure you carry the tape over the sides of the canvas so that the chevrons appear here too.


Once all of your tape is down, go over it all with the rubber on the end of your pencil. This will ensure that all of the tape is flush to the canvas so that you can avoid the paint running and ruining your nice clean lines. Remember to go over the sides of your canvas too!

Time to get painting! I found that it was easier to work with a little bit of paint in the lid rather than the full tub. I used Gold Leaf from Plasti-Kote and it was a really nice consistency with great coverage – barely needed two coats! Make sure you get into all the little nooks 🙂


While the paint is still tacky remove the tape. If you leave it to dry completely some of the paint may peel off with the tape.

You may now sit back and admire your handiwork whilst the paint completely dries. Now is also the time for some touch-ups. My paint bled through the tape in some places (obviously I didn’t cover step 4 very well) so I had to neaten up some lines with a smaller paintbrush.

Once this is completely dry, take your rubber and erase all of the fine pencil lines. That’s it, you’re done! Give yourself a pat on the back my friend.


I think this looks amazing, even if I do say so myself. It’s not perfect but it was made by me so it never would be. It will now be stored away somewhere safe until the time comes to give it a new home in Barrhead! Happy Chevron’ing!


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