1.12.2011

DIY Quote on Canvas Wall Art

It has literally been over two years since I posted about this piece of art as seen in Molly Sims apartment in InStyle mag:


I mentioned that I would like to DIY it, and well, I finally gave it a go! Better late than never.

The supplies:



All of these items can be purchased at art/craft supply stores.
A 22x28" gallery canvas. I chose this size based on the area of wall I was going to be hanging the piece.

Acrylic paints to color the base and sides of the canvas.

A foam brush 

ZIG brand "Painty" pens

2" alphabet stencils (The photo shows 3"-but they ended up being too big, so I had to go get smaller ones)


I highly recommend using these pens for the stencil portion of the project.  The application was much more accurate and went on smoother than paint would have.  They also dry fast.


First I painted the canvas with the foam brush.  I ended up using cream as a base, and then put a light coat of gray on top, leaving some of the cream showing through in some areas. 

Once dry, line up your stencils to see how your quote will fit on the canvas.  I played with it all a bit until I got the layout I wanted, and then lightly penciled in the outline of the letters.  I didn't use a ruler for straight lines, because I wanted it to look a little more free form.

Next, go back with your stencils, letter by letter, and fill them in with the Painty Pens.  When dry, erase any pencil marks that show.

Then you are done!  Pretty simple, but a bit time consuming, so I wouldn't choose a very long quote if I were you.  I ended up using this quote, which I posted last year as part of my Think Bright Thoughts series.

I used silver for most of the quote, then chose to highlight certain words by using gold.

Here it is on the wall, next to the black and white canvas prints of my girls I ordered.  Something else I have been wanting to do for a long time!  This camera didn't pick up the silver print from this angle, but you can still read in real life.

 {Yes, I have leopard on leopard.  Or is it jaguar and leopard?}

So what do you think? Is this something you would try or have tried? What quote would you use?

27 comments:

  1. Jackie, I totally adore it! I have been meaning to do some art around the house - this is a great one to add to my list! And your girls are so gorgeous in those photos... and I love your animal prints. Is that enough lovin'? ha!

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  2. I love it! Especially that you chose gold and silver together. Very nice quote too.

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  3. jackie, i love it!!! it looks fantastic

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  4. I love that you chose gold and silver- looks fabulous!!!

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  5. i LOVE this! i've been wanting to do something like this, and now you've inspired me to get my butt moving!!!
    :)

    www.creativeindexblog.blogspot.com

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  6. love love love! Jackie, this looks amazing. I need to show this to my husband so her can make something similar for my office :)

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  7. Jackie, I love this!! What a great idea and it looks fabulous!!

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  8. So pretty! I personally don't have a good steady hand and I am really bad at keeping things straight so I would have never done it, but you did an amazing job!

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  9. I love it when a DIY project looks like it came from a boutique. It looks AMAZING. I love that you placed it between such sweet, personal shots, too. Just gorgeous!

    -xoxo Noe

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  10. I think it looks great! You did an awesome job!

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  11. and now i know what my next project is. great job. thanks!!

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  12. Excellent work, my friend. I LOVE it. I am all about the easy DIY art - I may have to rip this off from you.

    Merci!
    Shannan

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  13. It came out perfect Jackie!! I've loved that image for awhile now too!! i love how you placed it in the middle of your cuties!!

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  14. WHAAAATTT!!! you did that all by yourself?! i'm so impressed and super envious of your stenciling skills. i've been wanting to make one of those for days now.

    FABULOUS JOB LADY!!! A++++!!!

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  15. Love it! You so talented. I now want to make one.

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  16. looks FANTASTIC! love love love it!

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  17. I did a similar one in my last apartment, but I LOVE the metallic here and love that you used those pens! So much easier and not as messy as my tactic (just acrylic paints). In fact, I was just thinking this morning if I could salvage that canvas and paint over it... wouldn't do that with yours!

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  18. stop it right now!!!

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

    the colors are fantastic. this is awesome. you go chicka!

    xoxo

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  19. I have been wanting to jump on the bandwagon, and this way seems to have come out the best. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. this turned out great!!! i love how you have it between the pictures - i also love your leopard on leopard!! XO

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  21. That's so gorgeous! I love your motto, bet you love seeing that everyday on your wall!

    I also looooove the original canvas that inspired you - that song is a classic and I love the lyrics.

    http://happy-happy-joyjoy.blogspot.com/

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  22. Shut the front door! I am going to the craft store right now. Faboooooo!

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  23. Nice tutorial and explanation. It's indeed very easy to DIY canvas wall art. Pick your favourite quote and start doing it!

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  24. Thanks so much for your tutorial. I have been looking for one for a while. Thanks again.

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  25. i like the wall faded wall art over the couch how do i purchase one of those? the one that u show from molly simms apartment.

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