DIY Modern Art: Circle Tree

by Amanda F Posted on April 07, 2011

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The beauty of this project is that you don’t have to be crafty or a painter to make it. All you’ll need is some blank canvas, paint and round stencil sponges.

If you like this, you might also like this French Fruit Wall Art or this Distressed Family Definition Sign!


2 pieces of 16″x20″ wood framed canvas
Acrylic paint: dark purple, purple, gray and black


The first thing I did was sketch out the design on paper. This made it easier to visualize what my design should look like (you can also use a picture of something as your inspiration). I used colored pencils to help me decide what color would go where on the canvas. I measured the paper and figured out where each of the trees should be. This made easier to draw the designs directly onto the canvas.

I used a pencil to lightly draw the design onto each piece of canvas.

Next I thinned some black acrylic paint and used a liner brush to paint on the branches and trunks.

I loaded a paintbrush with paint and in one motion added each of the circle leaves. I’m a lefty, so I began at the right end of the canvas to avoid accidentally dragging my arm or hand through wet paint.

I added a second coat to each of the leaves and that was it, they were done.

These are hanging in my teenage daughter’s room and she just loves them.

For more fun projects from Amanda, follow along on her blog Crafts by Amanda.


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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    simple clean and balanced!! Perfect. Pick three colors and go.

  2. Joey Says:

    Wow Amanda, how neat is this. I love the simplicity of the design and it doesn’t look too hard. Love your ideas!

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