A simple one hour craft to bring a little color and life to your walls – how to make simple DIY framed quotes using doodle arts. Read on for tutorial.
No they aren’t life changing quotes! They are simple DIY framed quotes that might bring a smile to your face ( just because you made them yourself :P) Anyways I do not know if you guys know that I stay in a government quarters provided as a part of my job so basically the house layout is not designed by an interior designer but its is practical. Well whats the use of practical layout when none of my furniture or equipment fit in anywhere! The walls are painted peach in some rooms and pink in some other bah! I do not like it but I cannot change the paint neither can I bring any major change in the quarters. So my aim presently is to add little little accents here and there to hide the hideousness of peach wall and also make reasons to buy more paints and craft supplies ha ha !
Joyous DIY framed quotes 🙂
Yesterday I tried these DIY framed quotes which had been in my mind since I took #rockyourhandwriting challenge few months back. I did not have any frame with me so whatever motivational quotes I had made, I shared it with my pen friend. I got these frames from my office 😀 All the employees got these letters of appreciation from Ministry of Power ( to sweep us into the #modiwave! probably) but I do not find so much pleasure in seeing Modi and Piyush on my walls so I decided to use the frames for good use 🙂
Material required to make these DIY framed quotes :
- White paper (I have used fabriano white cardstock)
- CD writer or micron pen in black shade for outlining
- Sketchpens and color pencils to color
- Pencil and eraser to draft layout
How to make DIY framed quotes
I started out with a pinterest image which got me inspired to give flowers ring around the quote. My initial plan was to have a watercolored background with quote in black but I think the flowers are prettier than that. Anyways so first draw a draft sketch of your layout. I chose the word joy in a handwritten script which I wrote down aligned towards the center of the sheet. Next I drew circles 2-3 times – freehand without lifting the pencil from the paper. It might look like top view of a birds nest but that was the kind of effect I was looking for. I erased the lines from two opposite corners and drew random flowers plus leaves.
I did not want to complicate this DIY framed quotes and put too much efforts into it so I hand drew all the elements and used normal school supplies to color them!Once the draft was finalized, choose your shades of colors for quote and the doodles. I chose pinks&greens for the doodles and black for the quote. Outline your images and then erase the pencil marks if visible in the background.
Use your pencil colors to shade the leaves and flowers. I used two shades to give gradient but well I’m no Picasso so I just colored like I was scribbling around!
Some close ups of the colored doodles :
I felt the quote wasn’t that prominent once the flowers were colored so I shaded it lightly with black pencil and made it a little more bold.
Now coming to the framing part, I did not click any picture while dismantling the existing frame but its easy so I’l talk you through it. If you have any old frame that you want to reuse, at the backside, first remove the tape/cellotape which will reveal a background cardboard held on to the frame with small hooks. Open the hooks maybe using a spoon handle like me and remove the cardboard. Now you can remove the picture/photo whatever was there inside and place your new wall quote. I wondered what to do with the letter ( which came originally with the frame) as it was too long to store inside my certificate files . And then it clicked me! Since the wall quote paper was anyways smaller than my frame, I was planning to keep a white paper as background to fill the empty space – I just used the same letter with backside as front side! So now that was a double ladooo bursting in my head!
So here are the final pictures. Hope you like them 🙂 I have one more frame ( my husbands 😀 – yeah we work in the same office) which I need to transform into another DIY frame quote but maybe another weekend 🙂
Hope you like my simple DIY framed quotes tutorial. See you next time
I’m linking the tutorial for these white tissue paper flowers here 🙂 and the Indian golden tealight holder is from homesake.in. The metal penholder was purchased from landmarks shop (in blue shade again!) and I love it totally!