Need a craft to do with your 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.
Because 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 8x10 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.
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