Damask Wall Art Tutorial


Submitted by Our Mini Family




Puffy paint, among other things (like 4 canvases, stencil, pencil, painter’s tape, a ruler AND A RULER), was the key to the success of how this experiment turned out.

Did I emphasis the ruler enough? Because it was super important!







So this first two canvases were…interesting to say the least. I thought, for whatever reason, that putting the stencil down and THEN using the puffy paint on top would work. The funny discovery I made after it dried was that:

a) the puffy paint sat mostly on top of the stencil and not on the canvas!


b) most of the paint that did make it onto the canvas ended up acting more like glue and made the stencil stick to the canvas!


After coming to the discovery that this was not the best way to go about the remainder of this project, I decided to stencil the damask silhouette onto the canvas with a pencil! It really worked out 400% better, and if you decide to pursue this project: do NOT try it the first way I did it! (unless of course you want a stress headache!)






I think it turned out rather fabulously!

Adam was laughing at me because I am a little bit mathematically challenged, and I was having difficulty calculating where to put nails in the wall to make my grid. In the end, about 15 minutes of grueling measurement later, my damask made it to the wall!

I paid about $10 for the canvas, and $3 for the puffy paint!



I thought it would be fun to add a few of my (Cassity’s) thoughts to this great art idea. First of all I love how adaptable this idea is! Don’t you agree? You could really do this with any image you liked… just print and trace onto canvas. I would love to see this in one of those modern paint my numbers of someone’s face. I also love how she kept it all white, but you could also paint it a solid color after that fact that matched your room…

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. Could you use plaster over the stencil? I can’t imagine doubling your work by penciling and then puff painting. What do you think? Maybe that isn’t what you want. Just a thought.

    1. That was my first thought too. Why not use the stencil and drywall mud? And seal it well afterward. But it did turn out really pretty even with the “learning curve.”

  2. Did you paint the canvas afterwards to seal it all or put it on a primed canvas? I’m picturing gray canvas with white puffy paint and even using a color was on top and wiping it off to age it or washing with a brighter color (your room accent color) and wiping off – the wheels are turning. These are really pretty.

  3. The damask canvas art is so gorgeous and so imaginative ! I will do this for my 16 year old daughters’ bedroom. Someone blessed me with some Antique furniture for my daughter and it looks like “French Shabby Chic”. We are French so, this look is very special to her and I . This will be so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your idea. Tami

  4. Shirley, you definitely can use joint compound to get a similar look. I am a professional decorative artist (15 years exp) and we do this all the time on canvas , walls and furniture. That being said, I think the puff paint has such a soft and elegant look. I would try both on a small sample and see which look you like the best. One recommendation with the joint compound, it will look better if it is lightly sanded and painted over with a higher sheen white paint.

    Cassity, , your canvas pieces are very pretty! I want to run out and get some puffy paint and try my hand at making some canvas pieces!

    Sheri Miller

  5. thanks for the idea. Yours turned out wonderfully

    As soon as someone says something won’t work… I go and do it anyway. As it turns out, it worked really well. I used a thin mylar type stencil, a credit card to spread the puff paint and lifted the stencil off immediately (just like I would if using pastes and a stencil).
    Puff paint is a little thinner than molding pastes, so if you don’t want a little seepage under the stencil, spray the back with removable adhesive. I also taped down my surface I was applying the paint so it wouldn’t move around or lift when I remove the stencil. Have a great day. PS I used it with a floral stencil which looks great when puffed and then sprayed with Distress sprays.

  6. Very inspirational! Thank you! I was thinking of doing a similar project and then I stumbled upon your pretty project via Pinterest. I’m glad I saw your tutorial first, before working with the puffy paint and stencils.
    I know this was posted a long time ago, so I don’t know if you’ll see this… but…,
    I found a product that might be easier to use and it would save a very tedious, time consuming step! I found a spray on puffy paint product that lets you spray right over the stencil. Then, you wait a short time and remove the stencil and then use a hair dryer to puff up the design. I’m guessing that is how the larger manufacturing companies pump out all of those 3 D puff painted t-shirts, pillows, etc.
    I’m not selling the product, but you can find it by simply typing “SPRAY PUFF PAINT” into a search engine, such as Google, and you can find it in stores and online. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks as if it shows a lot of detail from the stencils. However, it doesn’t look as if it puffs up quite as high as the other puff paints, yet it still shows a nice subtle dimension to projects.