A simple DIY project to make a cheerful and motivational Handlettered Canvas quote wall frame. Few paints, a canvas panel and you have a beautiful wall art to keep you inspired and motivated all day long.
Been such a long time right? I knoweven I really missed blogging. I did tell you right that Grace has started going to Pre-KG? Our lives are so messed up right now because I have to now wake up early to get her ready for school which means no midnight craftings 😛 So now you know what I have been upto! Hardly any crafting but loads of calligraphy as it takes just 30 minuted every evening. Are you interested in calligraphy? I would love to give insights on everything I know so far about calligraphy. Well coming to todays post, a little calligraphy is involved but a really easy one. All you need is a canvas, a little acrylic paint and selected quote to make these simple Handlettered Canvas quote wall panels.
Materials required for making Handlettered Canvas quote :
- Canvas board
- alcohol color splash ( from itsybitsy) or acrylic colors
- Acrylic paint in black for lettering
- varnish/fixative spray
How to make Handlettered Canvas quote
First of all decide which wall do you want to hand up the Handlettered Canvas quote on. Based on the area avaiable you should be able to choose the canvas size and depending on the themse of the room, decide your background shade. Next thing to choose would be the quote you want to see everyday – could be just single words like joy, smile, love etc or could be motivational quotes. You can look up on google for hand-lettered quotes to get a list of simple 5-6 lettered motivational/happy quotes from which you can choose the ones you like to see everyday. I finalized on making a canvas with ” Make your own kind of music”.
I took a canvas board from Monte Marte available at Itsy Bitsy – they are pre-stretched and pre-primed boards but have lesser thickness, somewhat like a mountboard. Camlin also has lot of stretched canvas panels that can be bought on amazon.
First I chose a layout to write the quote on my canvas by practicing on a blank paper. Once that was decided, I tried a few combination of shades from Itsybitsy alcohol gold splashes to use as background. These alcohol splashes come in small bottles with spray head and gives very vibrant colors with a gentle sheen of gold. In case you are unable to get these, you can use normal acrylic paints and either brush them or sponge them onto the canvas.
I am continuing the tutorial with alcohol splashes since I used them and also giving a little insight into how to work with them. I loved the color combination of Frosted Pool and Purple Haze shades but since I was totally smitten by the pretty flowers Pooja had used in her home sweet home canvas project, I decided to go for that combination!
I sprayed a combination of Golden Mocha and Wild Rose over the entire canvas. If you want to know more about the alcohol gold splash sprays, do read my previous post with introduction on them.
Since the canvas this time was a lot bigger, I found a new method for evenly spreading the spray. Instead of directing the spray on the canvas, direct it parallel to your canvas and the fine mist will settle down evenly. While I sprayed the gold, I didn’t have this idea but then look at the pink…it looks nice right?
You need to spray only a little of the gold alcohol spray and you can use sponge blenders to spread/blend the colours with the blending solution. See how sparse the spray looks on the canvas but once I spread them using the blending solution, they look pretty and just enough for the bright look.I used the round/cylindrical sponge blenders from Itsy Bitsy. I sprayed the blending solution in small areas and started blending them by just dabbing them with the sponge blender. If you roll the dauber over it, you are sure to get streaks or lines so I dabbed them over and over again till I attained the level of smoothness I wanted. You can even spray the blending solution on the sponge and dab on the canvas. Here is a look of the canvas with a part that is blended.
P.S – I did a few more project with these alcohol splashes and I think a better way to work with it would be spray the color into the blending sponge and apply on the canvas. If you are using two shades, leave a gap between the two shades as blending area and then once the shades are separately done, on the same dauber, apply alcohol blending solution and dab in the gap for smooth blending.
You can see how little of the ink is enough to blend and spread into a colorful background. A close up of the blended and un-blended area on the canvas.The canvas was a little big and honestly my hands were aching with all the patient dabbing 😛 But good efforts are always worth the result… right?
Once the base was ready, I kept the practice paper over the canvas and decided the spacing and alignment of my lines. I used black fabric paint to write the quote ( acrylic paint would work to – I didn’t have one!) . You can use a white pencil to make a rough of the quote before going in with the fabric paint. I just went ahead and wrote the quote slowly and steadily, keeping an eye on the alignment and spacing. I use Monte Marte gallery series brush in size 3 or 4 for all my hand-lettering (the brush for acrylic paint works well). Any brush is fine as long as its round and you have practiced the letters a few times on a paper before trying it on your canvas.
Once the fabric paint is dry, it tends to sink into the textures of the canvas and crack so I would advice you to go for another coat of paint at least on the down strokes which are thicker just like I did.
One final touch for this canvas would be a pine wood frame with white border space right? Hope you liked this simple super Handlettered Canvas quote for your wall. Do let me know if you would like to know about my calligraphy stories on blog 🙂 you can get daily updates on my life, our little crafty moments with grace and loads of updates on Instagram so be sure to join me there 🙂 See you next time 🙂
Happy crafting !