Here's a quick and easy idea for creating budget-friendly artwork for your walls. Do it with words. You don't have to be an artist. You don't even need to know how to paint. Just grab a computer, a canvas, some paper, a little Mod Podge or a few letter cut outs or stencils to get started. Here's a project you can do this weekend.
• Word Collage
Do you need a really big piece of artwork for a bedroom or living room wall? Then take a trip to your local art supply, buy a blank canvas, a bottle of Mod Podge and a small can of light color stain. Pick a word theme, like Paris or children and write down as many words as you can think of that go with your theme. Example: Children, Kids, Little Ones, Precious People, Babies, Love, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Brother, Sister … and so on. You can even include the names of your kids. Then fire up your computer and find a pair of scissors.
Use different types of fonts and colors to print out multiple words in all different sizes. Then use your scissors to neatly cut them out. With a dab of Mod Podge on the back of each letter to hold them in place, arrange your words in all different directions - vertical and horizontal - like a collage on a canvas. After you've got all the letters placed, follow with a coat of Mod Podge to fix them to the canvas and to create a light seal on the piece.
Give your artwork a feeling of depth by taking an old rag, dipping it in a light color stain and rubbing a small amount around the outer edges of your canvas. You can even spread a little stain on random spots on the face of the canvas - the Mod Podge top coat should prevent you from covering your words completely. Use a clean rag to remove as much stain as desired - leaving a light but interesting accent on your new artwork.
• Gallery Wrapped Canvas
If you can stencil, you can create this easy art piece. Purchase a set of alphabet stencils and a gallery-wrapped canvas. Paint the canvas a solid background color to complement your room and then stencil on your favorite saying with contrasting paint colors. It's that easy - you're done!
• Stenciled Wall Sayings
Still not convinced you can be that handy? Then this is your project. Purchase a new rub-on stencil saying for your walls. Pick your spot, rub it on and you've got instant art.
Check out the pictures and the inspiration for this article in the Word Art ideabook on Houzz. You're sure to find an idea you'll want to use to adorn your wall with budget-friendly word art.
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