DIY 3-Panel Artwork

Create a pop of soothing color in any room with these paneled art pieces.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Canvas drop cloth – cut to 10’ x 4’
(3) 24” x 36” canvas wood frames
Acrylic paint with primer in one – 3 colors in graded color tones:
- Dark color
- Medium color
- Light color
(3) Paint rollers
(3) Paint trays
(2) 4” Paintbrushes
Water in a spray bottle
Staple gun with heavy-duty staples
Tape measure



  1. Put on an apron. Spread out the canvas drop cloth horizontally over your work surface. Pour each paint color into a separate paint tray. Using a paint roller, paint across about half the canvas with the darkest color (See images below)

  1. Use a second paint roller to paint the medium color across quarter of the canvas, overlapping the previous darker paint by 2”-3” (See image below)

  1. Blend the dark and medium paint where they overlap using a 4” paintbrush, brushing in long horizontal brushstrokes. To help the paint blend easier, spray water onto the overlapping area first and then use the paintbrush (See images below)

  1. Use a third paint roller to paint the lightest color across the remaining quarter of the canvas, overlapping with the previous medium color by 2”-3”. Repeat Step 3 for blending the medium and light colored paints together (See images below)

  1. Allow the paint to dry on the canvas for 2-4 hours or until dry to the touch before moving onto the next step


  1. Cut off any excess canvas from around the edges as long as it’s not more than 3”-4”. It doesn’t need to be cut exactly; the uneven edges will be on the back of the finished pieces (See image below)

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  1. Fold the canvas into thirds. Place a canvas frame on top of the folded canvas to make sure there is at least 3” excess on all sides of the frame (See images below)

  1. Cut along the edges of the folded canvas to cut it into thirds. Set two of the thirds to one side (See images below)

  1. Turn one of the cut canvases over face side down and place the wood canvas frame on top. Starting in the center of a long edge, fold the canvas over and staple to the wood frame using a heavy-duty staple gun. Working from the center to the edges, fold over the canvas adding staples every 3”-4”. Repeat on the opposite side making sure to pull the canvas taut as you go (See images below)

  1. Repeat Step 9 on each short end but leave the corners until the next step (See image below)

  1. Cut off excess fabric from around the frame and corners. Tuck in the corner of the fabric to make a clean edge, fold it over on top of the frame and staple in place. Repeat for all four corners (See images below)

  1. To attach the remaining two canvases to wood frames, you will need to make sure the paint gradient is aligned across all three canvases. Place a wood frame on the painted side of the canvas and next to the framed canvas from the previous steps. Check that the gradients are lined up. Mark with a pencil on the underside of the canvas, flush with the edge of the wood frame (See images below)

  1. Turn the canvas over and line up the wood frame with the pencil marks from Step 12. Repeat Steps 9 to 11 to attach the canvas to the wood frame
  1. Repeat Steps 9 to 12 for assembling the third canvas

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