{Reverse} Herringbone Painting Tutorial

I wanted something bright and cheerful for my office at work.  Admittedly I was in a funk at the time and I knew painting would help get me out of it.
I looked at this Pinterest picture a lot and re-read the directions the author posted (over and over) before deciding to paint it the opposite way the author suggests.  I let the white canvas serve as the white space in the painting, therefore leaving some areas of the canvas blank.
Shopping List:
  • I bought the least expensive canvas at Hobby Lobby – love those 40% off coupons.
  • I have quite a few acrylic paints, but ended up buying some in certain colors to avoid having to mix large amounts for a specific color.  For crafting purposes, I always use cheap acrylics.  When I painted in college, I used expensive acrylics.  But for now, stick with the $2 bottles.
  • I also bought a role of 1/2 inch blue painters tape.
  • I used cheap brushes and a styrofoam plate with the 3 dividers in it to pour my paint onto.  The styrofoam plate is one of my favorite tips I learned in my college painting classes.
When I started laying out the blue paint, I tried to be really exact about where the lines intersected.  I painted a big chevron stripe painting a few years ago and the trick to getting it right was to measure out your angles.  With this painting, I ended up eye balling it.  To the random person who comes into my office, they won’t see the couple places where it’s a half inch off.  But for the most part it’s pretty close to exact.
After I painted over the tape, peeled off the tape carefully.  There are few places where the paint snuck under the tape, but I like how the lines aren’t perfect.  I love walking into my office and seeing the bright colors!

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14 Comment

  1. Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 2:56 am

    This is incredible!! I love the colours you used for this piece. Cant wait to try this technique!<br /><br />-Stephanie

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      October 17, 2014 at 12:05 am

      It was a really fun project, especially when I pulled the tape off at the end! Good luck 🙂

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    Karen @ a house full of sunshine
    September 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Oh my goodness, that looks AMAZING!! So funny, I&#39;m halfway through the exact same project right now – my jaw just hit the floor when I saw yours!! I too pinned that artwork and I too decided to do a reverse version. My colours are different and my herringbone pattern faces the other way, but otherwise, identical!! I thought I was being so original too!! Darn it! LOL. Seriously, you did an

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      October 17, 2014 at 12:06 am

      Hi Karen, that’s so funny that you did it reverse too! Great minds think alike 🙂 Please send me a pic of yours – I’d love to see it!

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    October 24, 2014 at 7:28 am

    This is so cute! Stop by tonight to see it featured at Handmade in the Heartland!

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      November 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Angela, wow – thank you so much for featuring my painting! That’s so exciting 🙂 Thanks for hosting us all every week. See you at the next party!

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    LZ Cathcart
    November 7, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Absolutely LOVE it! The color palette is just so pretty I would love to create a bathroom or redo my closet in these colors 🙂

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    November 13, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I love this finished product! Pinning this one to try soon! Like you, I have resorted to using mostly craft acrylics in my artwork nowadays–and I find that it works and wears very well. I have paintings done in primarily craft acrylic that are now about 10 years old and still look as bright as ever!

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      November 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Kelly, Yep – acrylics are my go to paint always. I don’t have the patience for other paints! Plus they’re cheap and so darned much fun to play with:) My painting is by a window and still looks great. Happy painting!

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    December 3, 2014 at 1:45 am

    So cute! I love it!! Also, wanted to let you know I have a link party on Wednesday, hope to see you there! Can’t wait to party with you at 🙂

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    Kyla @HouseofHipsters
    December 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Great tutorial! I love how it turned out! Pinned! Thanks so much for sharing them at Found & Foraged! Hope to see you again this week…oh, but before I forget. Party will start on Friday (this week only) at 8PM CT…InLinkz is doing some server maintenance right when our party is normally scheduled. Blerg! Anyhoo, hope to see you at

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