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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to make easy DIY Brushstroke Art

Do you know how hard it is to make an inexpensive white pillowcase not look inexpensive?  Let me just tell you, it's hard.  I had a totally different project in mind for this month's Monthly DIY Challenge, but it ended up looking like something I would have made in my 6th grade home economics class so I trashed the idea.  I knew it was bad when I held it up and my husband said it looked like a stuffed chicken.  For the record, it was supposed to be a woven throw pillow.  In my head, the idea of ripping a white pillowcase into strips and weaving them to make a beautiful pillow completely flopped.  That leads me to project B, easy brushstroke art. 

How to make easy brushstroke artwork.
If this artwork looks familiar to you, it should.  I recently shared my new dining room bar cart, which also included similar art that I purchased from Target.  I loved it so much that I decided to replicate my own using a simple white pillowcase, black paint and a silicone glue brush.  

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This the probably one of the easiest, cheapest and quickest projects I have ever made.  
white sheet for brushstroke artwork
I simply took my white pillowcase out of the package, ironed it flat, cut it to size then used my silicon glue brush to apply brushstrokes.  I didn't measure and wasn't worried about paint drips.  The unevenness and paint splatters added to the uniqueness of the piece. 
Paint and glue brush for brushstroke artwork

painting brushstroke artwork
After the paint was dry I ironed the pillowcase and popped it in a wood framed that I snagged on clearance from Target.
ironing finished brushstroke artwork

how to make easy brushstroke artwork

framed brushstroke artwork

How to make easy brushstroke artwork.

How to make easy brushstroke artwork.
See what I mean?  This easy DIY brushstroke artwork is simple, affordable and perfect for anywhere. 

Before you go, don't forget to check out the other white pillowcase projects!



  1. I stumbled across your blog recently and just love it! Where did you find your silver dollar eucalyptus branches?

    1. I'm so glad you found me! The eucalyptus was bought at Hobby Lobby. I've seen them at other craft stores as well, but Hobby Lobby seems to have the most realistic looking branches.

  2. Such a cute project, Katie! I know immediately it was yours because it fits your style so well. Cracking up at the stuffed chicken pillow too, haha!

  3. This is so totally cute! I love the easyness of the project but that it also has so much visual impact - it looks perfect with the rustic frame and wood beads! Love love love it :)

  4. Hi Katie,

    Love the rug! It ties in with everything. Where did you get it?