Quote Art- A Gift for Giving?

December 7, 2012 in activities,Creativity

Need a craft to do with Your Word Is A Lightyour daughter? Or an activity that will keep her and friends busy for hours? Try this quotation art project. You can’t get it done in one sitting. It will take two or three sessions. But when it is done it makes a great room decoration or a gift worth giving.

We tackled this art project this summer with Girls Club. I saw it on a blog and of course now I cannot find it. Forgive me for not giving you credit.

What you need:

  • A canvas, at least 10X 13
  • Letters, either printed out from the computer on cardstock or scrapbook letters, tall enough to be seen easily on your canvas. Color does not matter since the letters will be peeled off.
  • Gluestick (should dry clear) if your letters are aren’t sticky
  • A design plan
  • A t-square to draw lines or some way to help you keep the lines of text straight, if you desire straight
  • Paint, paintbrushes, water

I bought a multi-pack of artists’ canvas for the girls in 10×13. Most of them, though 10, had never been given a canvas to work on.  The canvas increased their excitement! They came to club with a scripture they loved. I warned them ahead of time not to make it a long scripture–around 15 words was good. The longer the quote you use, the longer the project takes and the trickier the spacing.

Crafts to do with tweensBecause there were 6 girls. I couldn’t afford to buy really nice scrapbook letter that were big enough. I bought the cheapest letters I could find. For the 10X13 canvas the letters needed to be at least at least an inch tall, the thicker the better. Some of the thin, curlicue font styles did not work so well.  Because I had so many artists, the girls has to mix and match fonts. The effect is charming, but may not be what you are looking for. If I were to do the project ago, I would print out the quote on cardstock in a nice thick font in a size that would complement my canvas. That would require the time consuming task of carefully cutting each letter. So the age of your artist might be the determining factor in which style of letter you use.

I wish I had made the girls draw lines on their canvas with a T-square to keep their words from slopping downward.

The girls began gluing the letters of their scripture onto the canvas. The cardstock letters that we glued worked better than the sticker letters that we used. The sticker  scrapbook letters sometimes didn’t stick well to the canvas. Don’t use a heavy duty glue. You will be peeling the letters off at the end of the project.

The process of finding the letters and sticking them on actually took the longest: two hour-long sessions of the Girls Club.  And using the pre-made letters meant the slower (read “more careful”) girls really had to hunt for  vowels, T’s and R’s–and they had to mix capital and small letters.

Next, because we were using canvas and there would be no do-overs, I made the girls use an 8Gifts To Make With a Tweenx10 piece of paper to show me their plan for painting the canvas. I actually made them paint their plan so they would gain experience. I encouraged bright colors (not light) and very simple designs.

The painting part went fast. And waiting for the paint to dry so they could peel off the letters was tough. Some of the girls had to do quite a bit of touch up with white paint on letters that didn’t stick well. As I said earlier, glued-on, thick letters worked best which is what my youngest used (see first photo in this post).

The girls loved this project. Now that I know what I am doing we could easily make these canvas quotes into gifts worth giving. But really, I don’t think the girls wanted to give away their art this time–just check out their grins.

Sharing today with creative spirits at Studio JRU.


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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda Stoll December 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm

… what a sweet project to do together!


Belinda December 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

A cricut would cut the letters out for you from the cardstock. Not that I have one, but if you had access to one, it would save you cutting the letters out! ( ;


pruningprincesses December 8, 2012 at 11:51 am

Brilliant, Belinda. I think my neighbor has one. Hmmmm. Wheels turning.


Cindy@12Tribes December 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Love this! Coming from Studio JRU…


Tam December 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm

What fun! I need to borrow my niece and work on this. Love the step by step process too 🙂


pruningprincesses December 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

You should borrow her. I am sure it would make great memories plus great gifts! Thank you for the encouragement (that’s what comments are to bloggers).


Janet @ Frugal & Focused December 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm

What a great project! My girls would love to do this.


misssrobin December 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Love this! My kids are 14-22 but would still love to do something like this. Thanks for sharing. They look great.

Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.


pruningprincesses December 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

Miss Robin, I don’t like crafts but this was it rather simple. Even if you paint the canvas one color, as long as it bright or dark, the results are awesome. And actually, older kids are better at the project because they understand how to paint more carefully so as not to move or displace any letters. Thanks for stopping by.


thedoseofreality December 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Awwww, I think they look great! 🙂 What a fantastic, creative, beautiful project! 🙂


Jennifer {StudioJRU} December 9, 2012 at 3:28 am

Oh this is such a fantastic project! They look amazing and are such a great keepsake with a special verse on them. I love those big, wonderful smiles. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!


Sweet Sarah December 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I love projects where it is encouraged to get messy and crazy, and especially ones that yield an inspiring product. I’m sure these girls will treasure these canvases for years to come. Awesome idea!



pruningprincesses December 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thank you, Sarah. I hope the projects left a lasting memory for the girls.


Christina Morley December 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

This was a wonderful project. I’m glad you could share from your experience with doing this project with the Girls’ Club. Your tips sound very helpful and I’m really thinking of doing this with my older girls. It’s fun to see how the girls in your photo had such different paintings. I like the stripes with the heart and the first one in your example.

Tina – American mom raising 4 kids in South Africa


pruningprincesses December 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hi Christina. If you do the project, will you let me know how it goes? It was fun and simple and we were pleased with the results. Our two biggest mistakes were too thin letters and one of the girls used a light pink which did provide enough contrast. Brighter or darker colors are definitely best. Blessings. Laura


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