DIY Wall Art: Dreamy Letters

Posted on April 2, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites

Wall art featuring a special quote or song lyrics is a great DIY project. The words can be very personal like a line from your wedding song or just for fun like what I've done here.

In this DIY project, I'll show you how to make these dreamy watercolor letters to spell out anything you like.

Here are the supplies you'll need:

  • large canvas board like this
  • watercolor paints
  • large flat watercolor paint brush
  • watercolor paper
  • alphabet stencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • water and paper towels

Think about the length of the quote when buying the canvas board and stencil. Otherwise, you might end up with not enough room on the board.

First, decide on a color scheme. It's best to go with 2 or 3 colors at the most that will blend into each other well. I went with some pretty sunset colors: orange, red and purple. Load the bursh up with your first color using lots of water, but not so much that it's dripping wet, and begin painting across the paper.

Add a second color starting on top of the first one to blend it in. Don't aim to cover the whole page with solid paint. It looks nice when there's a little bit of white space and places with less paint. Just have fun blending the colors into sunset-y goodness!

Now just wait for it to dry and flip it over to stencil your quote. Since you're using the backside of the paper, that means you need to make the letters backwards too! This may seem obvious to most of you, but my first attempt at this project left me with a bunch of backwards letters. Duh! As you can see, I had to paint 2 sheets of watercolor paper to fit all my letters.

Next, cut out the letters. You might need to use a utility knife for some parts. Arrange the letters on the canvas board to get the layout right before you start gluing. Once you're happy with how it looks, glue it down to the board. Be careful not to get any glue on your fingers because the paint will smudge.

I think this is a great way to fill a large space for little money and when you choose the quote, it will always mean something special to you.