Make Word Art with Scrapbook Paper and Paint


Every year for the past few years I have picked a word that’s supposed to help guide me thinking and focus through the year. Simplify has proved to be harder than I thought (ha!) because I needed to start with simplifying my schedule and I seem to just be adding things instead.

But one word that has always been important to me — and that was, in fact, my first little word — is create.

As I have been thinking about adding more color/personality/creativity to my office space, I wanted to do some word art to hang over my desk. So naturally the word that came to mind was create. word art for your wall

This is really easy to do with a shortish word (or a bigger canvas). The part that took the longest was cutting out the letters.

What You’ll Need

  • 12×16 canvas panel
  • acrylic paint (I used Liquitex Basics in Ultramarine Blue)
  • paint brush
  • scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick (optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush

What You’ll Do painted canvas

Paint the canvas the color of your choice. I just squirted the paint on and spread it around with a small brush, leaving visible brush strokes. Allow to dry. diy type

Choose your word and what letters you want to use. You can pick a font on your computer and print it out in a really huge font, or use stencils. Mine came from the book DIY Type by Dana Tanamachi, which includes stencils for letters in a couple of fonts as well as some flourishes and ideas for how to use them. scrapbook paper letters

Cut the letters out of scrapbook paper. I just happened to have this amazing Colorbök pattern pack called Vintage Treasures, which had all these great papers for a maker, including vintage cameras, one with a dress form, paint brushes, words, cool textures…so many great papers.

Decide how you want to arrange/space the letters. My word was just a little big for my canvas, so I ended up closing the space up in the R and overlapping the letters a bit.

Stick the letters down with glue stick. This is optional, and it’s probably really better to use Mod Podge underneath, too, but I wanted to make sure I placed the letters correctly so I glued them down with glue stick first. colored mod podge

Cover the canvas with Mod Podge. Optionally, you can do what I did and add a little paint to the Mod Podge to create a color wash over the paper. I may have liked this effect more in my head than I do in reality, but it’s still pretty cool. wall word art diy
This would be a great project for a kid’s room, using their name or your family name, too.

Do you ever decorate with words? I’d love to hear about it!

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