Kelly Hicks » Design & Photography


Oh pinterest how I love you. I found this artwork and immediately knew I wanted to try it out. I had already thought of the perfect place for it too – right above our bed. Here’s how you do it…

1) Paint whole canvas in different colors
2) Cut strips of painter’s tape of the same size
3) Tape them onto the canvas in a herringbone pattern leaving some out
4) Spray paint whole canvas in white.
5) Finish painting edges of canvas

That’s it! I swear you don’t have to be an artist to do this. The hardest part is cutting the strips of tape just because it’s time-consuming. Here’s the pinterest version… Yeah I know it’s better than mine haha but I’m still happy with how it turned out! I like how it looks with my pillow shams :).

Now go make something you found on pinterest! Also here’s the first “I made this from Pinterest” post :).

  • This is freakin’ awesome! I’m surprised I’ve never seen this on pinterest but I am definitely going to try it out.


  • That is sooooo awesome!! I’m pinning this and definitely trying my hand at this someday soon!!ReplyCancel

  • I absolutely love this, and it may be in my future! Yours look great!ReplyCancel

  • Oooh this is soo cute definitely got to make this soon!! XxReplyCancel

  • I love it!! when I saw that you pinned it on pinterest I was immediately inspired but I have yet to try it out! i hope to soon though. how much do you estimate the project cost you?ReplyCancel

    • Thanks Madeline! Just what I paid for the canvas (around $25 I think) and painter’s tape which was a couple dollars. I already had paint :)ReplyCancel

  • I love it! The colors you chose are just lovely!ReplyCancel

  • This is going on my project list!ReplyCancel

  • EmmaT

    Now that is so cute!ReplyCancel

  • MikeS

    What kind of paint did you use on yours?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Mike S – I used acrylic paint. The brand I like to use is Liquitex. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Can you give any more details on how you painted the canvas and what colors/brushes you used? Also, how big were the canvases and tape strips? I’m a pretty low-level crafter, so any more information would be really helpful! Thanks, and I can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Liz, Honestly I didn’t have a specific technique when painting the canvases – my goal was just to cover the canvas with lots of different colors. I used a lot of dry brush in order to blend the colors together. The canvas size was 18×18 and the tape strips were around 4-5 inches long. Good luck with yours!ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I am not sure I understand how to create a herringbone pattern! Help! I think your colors turned out wonderfully :)ReplyCancel

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  • Gorgeous! I actually like yours better than the inspiration piece, which I also pinned a while ago. And I never would have guessed it could be so easy. Thanks for renewing and advancing this idea for me :)ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Can you give better step by step instructions? I don’t understand how you got this by painting the whole canvas first. Did you place the painters tape over the paint in rectangles and then spray paint it?

    Also, I definitely think your version is better than the pinterest versionReplyCancel

    • Hi Alana – Yes I put the painters tape over the painted canvas and then spray painted it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor`

    Is there any way you could name the paints you used i love this idea and the colors and I would like to make one of my own! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Taylor my favorite colors of paint to use are Primary Red, Cadmium Red, Primary Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Primary Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, and Ivory Black. Most all the colors you see have been mixed using these paints. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • No, yours is much prettier!ReplyCancel

  • Christa

    The pinterest version looks like its framed… Did u frame yours/do you recommend it?ReplyCancel

  • Hi Christa – I did not frame mine since I painted it on canvas. I just painted the edges of the canvas so it looked more finished. You could frame it if you wanted, I just didn’t want to spend the $$ on a frame 😉ReplyCancel

  • Christa

    Thank you for the tip!

    Just one more question, did u let the paint dry before applying the tape?ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • I really love how this turned out! Gorgeous! I think I like yours better than your inspiration. Love love love it!

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  • Whoa! I just recently joined pinterest, and have fallen into the best DIY dream ever :) I have already started a few projects, but this is a Masterpiece! And I agree with above, I like the brighter colors you chose & that you did 2 of them. I’m totally doing this when I have room to start another project, lol.

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  • Pam Mullins

    I was wondering what width tape did you use,because it looks smaller than typical size tape. If so where do you find it?ReplyCancel

    • kellyhicks

      Hi Pam, I think the tape width was 1 inch and I used painter’s tape from an art supply store – try Hobby Lobby or Michael’s. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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  • Jessica

    Hi! Great job. I was wondering how you achieved the blocks of white where technically there should have been color. Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • kellyhicks

    Thanks Jessica, I just painted those blocks white with a brush after I spray-painted it. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

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