Thursday, 31 January 2013

diy: simple lyric art

Now today's diy is definitely out of my comfort zone, since it involved painting!  I'm definitely more comfortable making my own jewellery, or gluing lace on jars....but I was inspired by Clara's diy art that she has hanging in her apartment, and decided to give it a go!

I've seen a few variations of lyrics on canvas around the web (check them out here, here and here).  While I initially wanted to do a really huge canvas, I'm glad I stuck with a slightly smaller version for my first attempt!

I instantly knew that I wanted to choose lyrics from a Mumford and Sons song, as their music really speaks to me!

-canvas (I used a 16x20)
-white and black acrylic paint 

optional: scrap paper

1)  First I did a white base, and let the canvas dry overnight.
2)  Then I measured out and taped together scrap paper in the same size as my canvas.  I used this to draw out in pencil where I wanted the lyrics to go....basically figuring out the size my text should be, and line spacing, etc.  I also experimented with using a straight edge vs an angled paintbrush!  I ended up using the angled one.
3)  Now you're ready for the real deal!  Get to painting your lyrics!
4)  Your letters probably won't be perfect on the first try, so I let everything dry and went back to do some touch-ups!

The above photo is what the writing looked like at first....then I went back over the letters, and very carefully darkened all of the lines.

It's not perfect, but I love it!  Now I just wish that not all of the wall in my apartment were white.

p.s.   kelsey


  1. Wow Kelso, you are so talented! I love this lyrical kanvas... and I love the lyrics you chose!

  2. Even though it's not "perfect" that's part of what makes it look so amazing. Great idea!

  3. kels, this is absolutely lovely! & totally artistic =] you are wayyyy more artsy than you give yourself credit, girl!

    1. awww...that means so much coming from you! thanks <3

  4. Lovely post! Great quote! :)

  5. suuuuuuuuuuuuuper!!

  6. super fantastico. doing one now. ;-P

  7. I did this just the other day - it came out so imperfect that its perfect! I hung it on the wall, unsure, and got SO many compliments - even people asking me to make them one! More DIYs, please!! :)

    1. oh my just made my day! yay! =)
      and we have a couple diys in the keep an eye out ;)


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