Easy DIY Canvas Art Tutorial


If there is one thing that I know without question it’s that I am not an artist. Not in the “here I drew you picture” sense anyway. I’m pretty creative and stuff like that but I can not draw for anything. I also have pretty weird hand writing and it is never ever ever consistent. Like if someone analyzed 5 different things that I wrote they would probably think 5 different people wrote them.


I seem to have managed to trick people into thinking I have insane penmanship and artistic ability though so now I would like to pass along the gift. It’s so easy to create your own canvases with whatever quote or picture your heart desires. The walls in my “office” are completely covered with them.


I am a sucker for a good quote. From movies, books, tv shows, poems. No matter where it comes from if I relate to a quote or it resonates with me in some way I always want a way to use it. I really liked the idea of putting quotes on canvases and so I decided I was going to try and make my own. My first few attempts failed pretty badly but eventually I figured out how to do it like this.


The hardest part of these is trying to figure out how you want the quotes to look. I just use word and download fonts and then go from there. Pinterest is a great place to get ideas for free fonts and get a visual for what you think will look good. Then just use your imagination and go from there. Most of the time I tend to mix and match fonts. I normally mix and match straight bold fonts with pretty cursive fonts. I pick certain words like I did with these and let those be in a different font so that they stand out. It just adds a little something extra and makes them more fun.


That’s the most complicated part because it’s hard picking how you want them to look and narrowing down fonts. Once you’ve done that all you have to do is trace and that’s as hard as it is.


These two quotes that I’ve used are from Doctor Who (blue) and Mumord & Sons (purple). They are two of my favorite inspirations for quotes/lyrics I think I have 6 canvases with quotes just from them. I’ve included a PDF of both prints in case you want to use the same quotes to get you started!

As always, if you recreate this craft or anything from this site I’d love to see it!! Tag #modernlittlevictories on instagram so I can see what you come up with!

What you need:

Acrylic Paint
Foam Brushes
Chalk (white works best in most cases)
Paint pens

What you do:

  1. Start off by painting your canvas in the colors of your choice. I always do one coat and then let it start to dry and go over it with a second coat. Leave it alone to dry for as long as it needs.
  2. While your canvas is drying you can work on your text and what you want it to say. Or you can skip this step and use the PDFs I provided down below.
  3. Once your canvas is dry and you have printed out your text then color the entire back of the page (or at least where the text is) with chalk.
  4. Line up the text with the canvas and then go over each letter with your pencil. The chalk will transfer from the spots that you trace and when you lift the page you will be left with only the letters on your canvas.
  5. Then just go over the text on the canvas with your paint pens. In most cases it tends to need two coats as well so I just go back over all the words with the pen again and voila! You have created a masterpiece and made everyone think you’re an artist!


Click here for the Mumford & Sons lyrics. You will need an 8×8 canvas for that one.


Click here for the Doctor Who Quote. You will need an 8×11 canvas for that one.



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