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How to Make DIY Canvas Art with a Laser Engraver?

by Winnie Li Posted on November 22, 2023

Your home is your safe haven — an extension of your inner environment. It's where you retire from the outside noise and chaos. Having a DIY canvas wall art in your personal space adds to the overall dynamics and finishes of the space.

DIY canvas art could also serve as the focal point in your home or office. It could serve as the area that draws the attention of your guests as they walk in. Having beautifully designed DIY canvas art on the wall will not go unnoticed. It changes the entire feel and atmosphere of the room — and it could be the secret ingredient that converts an unappealing room into a beautiful room.

Aside from the aesthetic value, DIY canvas painting offers emotional benefits. It could serve as a way of demonstrating your unique personality, style, and identity as a person. And if there are memories you would love to share with the world, you could showcase these memories using laser engraved canvas.

Furthermore, if you're looking for profitable hobbies that make money, you should consider DIY canvas art.

Making DIY canvas art with a laser engraver is arguably the best way to make your canvas art ideas become a reality. Laser engraving is an incredible way of demonstrating your creativity — and laser engraving machines are affordable. 

There are laser engravers that can be bought for a few hundred dollars — and materials needed for the entire DIY canvas painting process are not expensive.

Speaking of materials, here are the materials and tools needed for DIY canvas art.

In This Article

  • Tools and Materials Needed for Laser Engraved Canvas Art
  • Step-by-Step Guide on Making a Laser Engraved Painted Canvas Art
  • Conclusion

Tools and Materials Needed for Laser Engraved Canvas Art

laser engraved painted canvas wall art

Laser engraved painted canvas via xTool Projects

Here are the major tools and materials needed to laser engrave canvas paintings.

  • Laser engraver. Ideally, you should opt for the CO2 laser or the diode laser.
  • A frame and screen
  • Laser engraving software
  • Paint
  • Canvas
  • Sandpaper
  • Computer
  • Spray paint

After gathering your tools and materials, the next step is to begin making your laser engraved painted canvas art.

Step-by-Step Guide on Making a Laser Engraved Painted Canvas Art

Here are the major steps to making a laser engraved painted canvas art.

Prepare the Canvas

Most canvas come with some imperfections (or bumps). You can use sand to remove these bumps (or imperfections). To do that, you will need to sand your canvas. 

After removing the bumps with sand, paint the canvas. Painting can be done using base coat paints. The pain should be allowed to dry completely before taking the next step.

Design an Image

There are photo editing software to help you with image design. Popular photo editing software is the Adobe Photoshop. As a general rule, your image design should be in black and white — and the contrast should be high.

Alternatively, you could source for royalty free images across the web. For instance, if you're looking to engrave a fire breathing dragon onto your canvas, you can get your desired image by going to platforms that offer royalty free images.

Convert the Image into the Grayscale Format

Converting the image into a grayscale format with software like imag-r helps in ensuring that the black areas of the image are the only areas that are engraved by the laser engraver.

Importation of the Image into Your Laser Engraving Software

At this stage, you will have to import your image into the laser engraving software. After importing the image, you will have to make some minor adjustment to it. These adjustments could be sizing and positioning the image so it fits on the canvas.

Set the Parameters of Your Laser Engraving Machine

The laser engraving canvas settings are largely dependent on the laser engraving machine. Follow the manufacturer's instruction. But if you're unsure of how to start, you could start by using a power and speed setting of 50% and 100% respectively.

Start Engraving the Image

By laser engraving the painted canvas, the paint on the surface is removed, revealing a stunning, high resolution artwork. The laser engraving process could take some minutes. The time taken for the engraving process is largely dependent on the complexity and size of the image.

laser engraved painted canvas wall art

Removal of the Canvas from Your Laser Engraver

After the completion of the laser engraving process, the canvas should be removed from the laser engraver. The removal of the canvas should be done with extreme care.

Finishing Touch

If you have a clear sealant spray, spray paint the canvas with it. Although the finishing touch is not a compulsory step — but it's worth considering. Spray painting the canvas with a clear sealant spray helps in the protection of the engraving. It also gives your canvas art a more professional look.

Aside from these major steps, here are other things to keep in mind.

  • Always use high-quality canvas. Using high-quality canvas boost your chances of getting the best results.
  • If you're unsure of the right laser engraving settings, you need to experiment using multiple parameters. Keep experimenting until you come up with the right parameters that produces your desired effect.
  • Avoid over-engraving the image. Over-engraving could damage your canvas.
  • To ascertain detailed, sharp engravings, opt for laser engraver that are built with high-quality lens.


Laser engraved canvas are one of the easiest (and affordable) ways of spicing up your living space. Engraving these items is a sure way of showcasing your unique style and personality in your home or office. Aside from that, it also helps you fill empty spaces and mask imperfections on your walls.

Laser engraving on canvas is also a viable business opportunity you explore in the coming weeks.

The best part, the materials and tools for DIY canvas art is quite affordable. Depending on what you're looking for, you can find laser engravers for under 500 dollars. But if you're looking for laser engravers with higher capacity, there are laser engravers for under 2000 dollars. Other materials like the canvas, paint, and spray paint can be bought from the local store around you.

Now you know how to make laser engraved canvas, what designs will you be engraving onto your canvas?

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