DIY Art – Pears

First, a big shout out to Cassity at
Remodelaholic who featured the Living Room Wainscot  Post – I’m loving that people are as rocked about this product as I am!

Last week I mentioned that empty wooden frame hanging on my dining room wall. It was destined for greatness. And when you’re contemplating greatness, drywall mud almost always comes to mind, no?

Many moons ago, my Cousin Adam (who I lovex3) & I created this artwork for my bedroom:

So the method was already tried & true.  Because of my strong glammy glam pear adoration in the Dining Room already, pears it was.  Sadly, drawing is not one of my talents – I peak at excellent doodling – so my talented girl assisted with this.  She’s asked to remain anonymous, so we’ll call her Katelin, and later I’ll just show her picture.

The Mister made the frame (1×2’s, stapled together, 2 brace pieces at the 1/3 points); we stretched canvas tightly over it, & stapled it. Super simple.

And then “she” (air quotes – Katelin) drew. And erased. And drew. Pears are harder than you’d think.
They very easily slip into gourd territory.

See the silver pears sitting there for inspiration?

And Voila, we had pears.

Now came the drywall mud.  I used a 3” putty knife to glop it on and smooth it out.
I applied 4 layers in total on the pears, letting the compound dry between each layer.

Once I had the pears layered enough, I applied a thin layer of compound all over the canvas.  Once that dried, I very gently sanded some of the spatula marks with a fine sanding block. This smoothed out some of the ‘high spots’.  You could totally skip this step if you wanted more of a textural thing going on.

Next, painting – yay!  White (of course). Here I’ve done 2 coats of regular wall paint (that of course, I already had, because it’s white, and it’s me).  I later used silver metallic craft paint to create a bit of shading, and on the stems.  The great thing is that if you don’t like what you’ve added, just paint over it & start again!

I wanted the pears to stand out in a non-standing-out way (you get me, right?).
So I applied a coat of ‘Americana Triple Thick’ gloss glaze just on the pears for some shine.

And here’s the finished product :

It’s the perfect (I was going to say ‘pear-fect’, but that’s just silly) fit for the dining room. 

I totally love projects that are so simple, but look like they’re not….because then when people ‘oooh & aaaah’, you can be all “Oh yes, it was quite an endeavour” and snicker to yourself.
Plus, how much fun is drywall compound to play with?  If you don’t know, you should find out.  Size. Large. Fun. 

Ok, go make something.

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  1. Marty Trout says:

    loving this and LOVE the painted dining room set! i am dying to do this to my ‘formal’ dining room set, however #1 my husband would KILL me and #2 i’ve got so many other projects going on at the moment! but i think i’ve added this to my ever-expanding list! thank you for sharing!

  2. oh I just love the pears on canvas! So creative, actually the whole room is wonderful, I was looking at the before and after pictures all I can say is WOW and maybe drool a little.

  3. I am totally going to make some art like this, LOVE it!

  4. I love how that came out as well as your “believe” canvas. Who knew drywall compound could be a play-thing for me? I even have an empty canvas in my basement. I think I’ll have to try this!

  5. Wow, I love this. Simple, understated and elegant. What a great idea!

  6. Hi Tracy,
    I absolutely love the artwork. You might guess from the name of my blog I am partial to pears (have a few – ok a LOT) around my house! Thanks for sharing how you did this – I might get ambitious enough to try it at some point. Love your dining room too. (now your newest follower)

  7. LOVE the pears! the wall mud sounds like fun.
    hmmmm – must try this!
    cheryl xox.

  8. hi tracy, where did you get the canvas that you used? is it available at fabric stores? i.e. joannes… thank you! love this and am going to do it for my kitchen command area in the dining room, I have a blank wall that needs help, this might be just the thing!

    • Hi Debi – thank you! Yes, I picked the canvas up at a fabric store locally – any large fabric chain will have regular mid-weight canvas….and I didn’t do anything to “treat” it, I just put the drywall mud directly on it! Send of pic of your creation when your done! T.

      • hi Tracy, thank you! I’m going to look. I love the pears , and I love all the pics on your website. I have the same chairs as you in my dining room!! the off white upholstered ones (from the pics on your website- maybe not your dining room but one you designed?) anyway, thank you for your answer! will start on this project soon!

  9. This. Is. Awesome. I have the perfect wall in the bedroom… wonder what the hubs is going to say when i ask him for some of his drywall compound?!

  10. Lovely, very elegant and understated. Love your b & w dining room — we have the same chairs, btw! Visiting from Sunday Showcase…

  11. Absolutely beautiful. Love the white on white against the black wall. I would love for you to add this to my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really be inspired. Hope to see you there.
    carolyn – homework

  12. This is so awesome!! I love the subtle look of it! Love the pears too! You and anonymous (Katelin, haha) did a great job!!

  13. Love this! I was going to let you know that I featured it but you beat me to it! 🙂

    jamie @

  14. featured this today at my blog! it’s so great!

  15. I think this is a very neat and creative idea. I haven’t seen it done before. If a person cannot absolutely draw a pear. (I insert my name here). Then a person could use an overhead to make whatever size pear they wanted. They would just have to copy one, tape it up it to the overhead, project it onto the board they want to paint it on, and trace it. Then they could paint it. Thanks!

  16. sandi reed says:

    I absolutely love this! Even though I’m not much on non – color items, I think this is Fab!

  17. I just saw this pear artwork and am in love. I cannot wait to be a copy cat!! It’s beautiful!

  18. I LOVE THIS! You are so amazing! 🙂

  19. Great idea and beautfully displayed. Question for my clarification, once you finished 4 layers of dry compound, you then laid down one thin layer of the same dry compound over the entire canvas, correct? Thanks

    • Hi Kathleen – thanks! Yes, there’s 4 fairly thick layers of compound that create the pears, then one thin layer on the rest of the canvas around the pears. Thanks for visiting! xoT.

      • Karla Read says:

        Hi Tracy! I love your pears, and am working to create mine right now! my question to you is, did your thin layer of compound crack at all? My canvas has some movement, and I’m worried about a thin layer cracking. Thanks!

        • Thanks Karla! I still love my Pears too…I should do a new post about a small change i made to them and where they reside now! So the thin layer on the entire canvas you’re referring to i think? There might have been a couple thin layers, but finishing it off with paint helps. it is fragile, but mine has survived a couple moves since and it’s ok! and the BELIEVE sign in the post was made in the same way in 2003 i think it was, and it’s still good too! xoT.

          • Billie howd says:

            I think your pears are lovely. I actually am an artist and I use drywall compound for textured abstracts. I might suggest a wood panel instead of a stretched canvas. It will make them quite sturdy. You can make your own but art stores carry them.

          • Well thank you Billie! That’s a great tip! I would think a wood panel that size might be a bit heavy? Anyhow, thanks for visiting and commenting! xoT

  20. Thank you for the inspiration! Had some leftover mud that I just KNEW could be used for SOMETHING! Searched on pinterest and there it was.

  21. Love this! So beautiful and creative!
    I linked to this on my blog as the inspiration for my own wall mud art project. Thanks!


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