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Today I am sharing a super fun project for the holidays that I just finished! As many of you, I started decorating for Christmas a few weeks ago since my first holiday party is this week and gotta be ready! One of the items on my list to have my home "holiday-ready" was to create a simple but fun Christmas gallery wall in my living room! I am one of those people that go ALL OUT with decorating every room and I love BRIGHT colors in my decor! Plus Christmas just happens to be my favorite holiday so I was super excited to get this going! 

One of the things I wanted to do for this project though, was to create my own graphic painting for the gallery wall. I have been painting for years and love any chance I can incorporate it into a project that I am working on. For this painting I knew I wanted it to cover a large area - I LOVE doing BIG paintings. For this, I decided on using 2 canvases and just painting them as one & then I could hang them separated or keep them together for one huge piece - I was leaving my options open. ;)


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To create your own graphic Christmas painting, you will need: 1-2 canvases, some paint in your choice of colors scheme, some paint daubers, a paintbrush with a pointed tip and a couple stencils from Royal Design Studio! I always have the best luck finding what I need from them, so I used these two stencils for this project: Herringbone Pattern Christmas Stencil for the majority of the painting and then Fly Away With Me Christmas Stencil for the middle of my design. They worked out so well!


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The steps are few but can take a little while if you are creating a big canvas art so have some patience. 

Step 1:  Follow the directions for using the stencils and line up accordingly to use on your canvas. You will need to decide what kind of design and layout you want ahead of time so try maybe doing a quick sketch of how you would like it to look so you know what you are doing before you start painting.

Step 2: Dispense some paint on a paper plate or a palette for the paint. Using a paint dauber, lightly cover the dauber with the paint and then start dabbing the stencil you had lined up. Continue doing this until all of the stencil has been filled in with paint.

Step 3: After you have 'dabbed' or painted all of the stencil on your canvas, you will need to move the stencil to continue the pattern. Allow the paint to dry first and then move and line up the stencil to finish your pattern if need be. 

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Step 4: You are now ready to use the dove stencil. I switched colors for this and added him to the left of the canvases, leaving room to hand letter my word 'peace' behind him.


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dove art, herringbone pattern, painting christmas art, living room gallery wall



Step 5: For the last touch, the hand lettered word, I would suggest lightly sketching it out on your canvas if you are not comfortable doing it freehand. Grab your pointed paintbrush and "write" away your word with a different color paint. Remember it does NOT have to be perfect . . .it's your writing! ;)

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I decided to put on my shelves above my couch instead of hanging them as I thought it looked more balanced this way. Plus I can change them out with something else if I need to.




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decorating for christmas, peace artwork on canvas, christmas pillows



So what do you guys think? I am loving this Christmas Gallery Wall. Do you have one that you do in your home? Would love to see it!

Which stencil designs do you like from their amazing selection? I would love to know, so comment below as I am wanting to do more projects with these as well and would love to hear what you like. Thanks for reading. xoxo


I received compensation from Royal Design Studio in the form of product / payment for this project. All opinions are strictly my own and I would never talk about or share anything on here that I wouldn't use & trust myself.





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31 comments:

  1. This is such a gorgeous design! Pinning it.

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  2. What pretty handmade artwork! I love it all.

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  3. I am beyond obsessed with this. Great design and I love how you used the two canvases together!!

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    1. thanks - I do that quite often with the 2 canvases as it makes for a fun wall display when you hang them up!

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  4. Wow! So pretty! I love how it looks so natural and not top heavy or wonky! You have talent my friend! Happy Holidays!

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    1. thanks so much for those kind words - glad you like it!

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  5. Beautiful! That stencil is awesome!!

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  6. This is such a fun wall! And love that your stenciled canvas wall art is not something everyone is going to have because it's not store-bought!

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    1. I so appreciate you saying that. Thanks so much, I really enjoyed working on this!

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  7. Gorgeous! I really need to do this in my house. I have so much blank wall space! Beautiful job.

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  8. This is awesome! I love what you've created here, so pretty and festive.

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  9. Oh I do not think mine would turn out that well at all haha! Everything looks so wonderful, makes me so excited for the holidays!!

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  10. Your peace painting is gorgeous! I love your gallery wall! It makes me want to do one!

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  11. Oh my word. I love this so blasted much. It is amazing!

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  12. Your peace painting is perfect for the season to remind us to remain calm even when we are stressed.

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  13. Love how creative your painting is! The stencils make it SO professional, awesome job!

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  14. I love all your posts! It makes me fantasize about having time to get creative again!

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  15. I wish a was as creative as you!! Beautiful panting!!!

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  16. This is beautiful! I have one wall this would look perfect on, but we use it for our projector so I need a way to get it on the wall without tape/shelving/nails....

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  17. I love this so much! I want to do something like this for my house. And PS I love the pillows!

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  18. I love how modern and festive this looks and wow to actually creating the art work!

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  19. That looks so pretty! I don't think I could ever write that good but it reminds me of something my grandmother would make if she was still alive. She was all about being creative.

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  20. So creative and festive. Love how clean it looks too.

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  21. Oh my heavens your gallery wall is AMAZING!!! Seriously, so stunning. Oh don't mind me...I have some decorating I need to go and do now haha (my tree isn't even out yet either) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. This gallery wall is beautiful! It makes the room look so festive. I would love to try something like this. Pinning for later!

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  23. I love the art work you created, simple, pretty and bright.

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