Introduction

One of my favorite components of the monthly Happy Mail delivery from A Beautiful Mess that I receive is the piece of typography artwork included in the delivery. Sometimes big and sometimes small, the artwork tends to be minimal on the background design and heavy on the quotes and calls to action printed on them. I display them at home and in my office; it’s safe to say I’m going to run out of wall space soon!

A Beautiful Mess isn’t the only company that knows a good trend. Paper Source offers several art prints that are all about the words as well. If you love this type of artwork, but have your own phrase in mind, it doesn’t take much to customize this idea for your home. The background design is up to you (you can take a cue from me and spend some time with a set of watercolor paints), but it’s rub-on gold foil transfer letters that turn your favorite quote into art. Take a look at the scrapbook aisle of your local craft store to find a variety of fonts, sizes and styles to make your finished piece one of a kind.

Step 1

DIY Quote Artwork

DIY Quote Artwork

Paint Your Background

To get your canvas ready for adding your favorite phrase, paint the background. Using watercolor paper I covered my entire piece with shades of blue. 

Step 2

DIY Quote Artwork

DIY Quote Artwork

Flatten Your Paper

Once your paper is painted, let it dry completely. Once my paint was dry, I then stacked books on top of it to flatten out the paper so it was as flat as possible. 

Step 3

DIY Quote Artwork

DIY Quote Artwork

Add Transfer Letters

From your set of letters, cut out your quote. Remove the paper backing from the transfer sheet and place onto your design. Lay out all the words you plan on using and then begin rubbing each letter with a bone folder or wooden craft stick.

Step 4

DIY Quote Artwork

DIY Quote Artwork

Remove Transfer Material

Make sure to go over each letter several times to make sure you’ve adhered the transfer completely to your paper. Remove the original transfer to reveal the letters. With those letters on the page your piece of art is ready for framing.