How to make textured art

Your own abstract art with just a few tools.
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You may have seen the textured art trend floating around on Pinterest and Instagram which seems simple enough and looks amazing. Juliet shows you just how easy it is to create your own abstract art with little more than a canvas, cornice cement and tiling tools. Plus, she’ll also show you a simple floating frame that will really elevate the look if you want to take it to the next level.

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Textured art is trending on social media and it’s easy to see why. And you don’t need to be an artist – you can make your own with cornice cement. Build a frame and bingo, you have a gallery-worthy creation.

Gather your supplies

  • Stretched canvas
  • Pre-mixed cornice cement
  • Acrylic paint
  • 42 x 19 DAR pine
  • 25 x 25 x 20mm angle brackets (4)
  • Black timber wax
  • 97 x 20 x 2mm mending plates (4)

You’ll also need

  • 250mm curved broadknife
  • 6mm notched trowel
  • Paintbrushes
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • 2mm drill bit
  • Tape
  • PVA glue
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Soft lint-free cloth
  • Screw hooks
  • Black chain

Here’s how

Step 1

Step 1
Step 1 (Credit: B Wilson)

Apply a thin layer of cornice cement to entire canvas using broadknife.

Step 2

Step 2
Step 2 (Credit: B Wilson)

Use notched trowel to make grooved arches in cement. Leave to set.

Step 3

Step 3
Step 3 (Credit: B Wilson)

Apply 2 coats of paint to 1 grooved pattern using a paintbrush, leaving to dry after each coat.

Step 4

For frame sides, cut 2 pieces of pine to length of canvas sides plus 6mm. For frame top and base, cut 2 pieces of pine to width of canvas plus 44mm.

Step 5

Butt 1 side into base piece and position angle bracket in corner. Mark screw holes on both pieces. Repeat for all frame corners.

Step 6

Step 6
Step 6 (Credit: B Wilson)

Drill pilot holes at marked locations, using 2mm drill bit and tape as a depth gauge.

Step 7

Step 7
Step 7

Apply glue to 1 end of a side; position against base piece. Screw angle bracket to corner using supplied screws. Repeat for other side, then attach top piece. Leave glue to dry.

Step 8

Step 8
Step 8 (Credit: B Wilson)

Sand frame to smooth and remove dust. Apply a coat of wax using a soft cloth. Leave to dry for 5 minutes, then buff.

Step 9

Step 9
Step 9 (Credit: B Wilson)

Lay canvas face down in frame with 3mm shadowline even all around. Screw mending plates across corners into both picture frame and canvas frame.

Step 10

Step 10
Step 10 (Credit: B Wilson)

Mark holes 80mm in from frame top edges. Insert screw hooks, attach chain and hang artwork.

The final results.
The final results. (Credit: B Wilson)

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