Wednesday, August 10

"Happy" Art Project

Hi there, everyone!  Hope you're having a great day!  I am feeling hap, hap, happy... Why you ask?  I finally finished one piece of DIY art for The Babe's room!

Yesterday, I gave you a quick update on what I was working on, but today I actually have a full tutorial and finished pictures to show you!  So, let's get started.  Remember this lovely print I found on Etsy?  Well, it's the inspiration for this project. 

I loved the simple message and thought it would be a perfect addition to The Babe's new room.  Instead of buying the 8x10 print off Etsy, I decided to create my own since I wanted something much larger and more representative of the color palette I'm using in her room.  Ohh and to refresh your memory on the primary colors I'm working with, take a peek at the curtain fabric on the bottom left of the design board below.  By the way, the curtains still aren't made yet, but my mom is hoping they may be ready by this weekend so she can bring them to me.  Cross your fingers that they'll be ready to make the trip!

Back to the DIY "you are my happy" artwork....  Here's a list of the supplies I used.
  • 24" x 36" inch canvas
  • Acrylic craft paints (2 bottles of teal, 1 bottle of titanium white)
  • Artist brushes
  • Paper plate
  • Free font downloads and Photoshop
  • Printer paper
The first thing I did was paint my entire canvas a solid teal color.  It took about 1.5 bottles of paint to do this.

Next, I chose the fonts I wanted to use for the "you are my happy" lettering.  I knew I didn't trust myself to freehand the words, so I searched through free font download websites for inspiration.  I ended up deciding on the "type keys" and "american typewriter" fonts seen below.  Once I had my fonts chosen, I decided to lay out the final canvas design in Photoshop (you can use any program you're comfortable with).  I drew the canvas to scale and then added my words.  It took a little bit of playing around with the font sizes and layout before I was happy, but here's what I landed on for my final design.

The "happy" font was influenced by this lovely find, BTW.
Once I knew what I wanted the final canvas to look like and how large I wanted each individual letter, I created a blank document sized to 8.5" x 11" printer paper.  Then, I placed each letter of my words in the file in the appropriate font sizes.  The words "you are my" are in size 200 and the word "happy" is size 400.

Once I had my document ready with each letter in the right font size, I hit print and waited!  I will admit I didn't love the first font sizes I had chosen, so I resized everything again to the final 200 and 400 point fonts.  The second time was a charm, though!  I was happy with the sizes so I moved forward printing the letters and then cutting them out individually.

All of my letters cutout!
Next step is to lightly trace them on the canvas in pencil.

With all the letters cutout, I placed them on the canvas where I wanted them.  I used a small ruler to help keep everything straight and evenly spaced.  When I was happy with the way it looked, I traced out each letter very lightly with a pencil.  Then, it was as simple as filling in the letters with my white acrylic paint.

How easy is that?  This part was actually pretty fast and sooo rewarding, but the best part is that this whole project is less than $25.  Not bad for such a large piece of custom artwork that looks like this!  :)

So, what do you think?  Got any favorite words or sayings you would love to see displayed in your home?  If you do, I would love to hear your ideas for other custom canvas projects, and I'm even game to help you whip up your own version.  I'd love to hear from you!

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  1. you must have such a steady hand! this looks great! SUCH a cute, modern addition to a baby room!

  2. This is really sweet and cute! I love seeing fun art ideas on the cheap, they inspire me! I am here from the Tip Junkie link party and I am your newest follower. I'd love it if you come by my blog and check it out as well.

    Brie from

  3. Very cute! I like it better than your inspiration piece :)

  4. very very cute. i'm thinking the same idea is going into quin's room as well. :)

  5. This is really cute! I love the color scheme. Great job :)


  6. Fan-freaking-tastic!!!! You are amazing. I need your creative brain over here.

  7. Wow, this turned out awesome! Teal is my favorite color. :)

  8. This is really cute! I love it!

  9. Very adorable! Thanks for the great project idea

  10. Cute! and love love love the font!


  11. Really cute and a great idea using the printed letters to trace around. I came here via Funky Junk Interiors.
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. newest follower from finding you on a linky party!
    xo, laura

  13. This is really, really cool. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  14. So cute! Could you post your printable file so we can print/cut and make our own? Just spent some time trying to remake yours, but don't have the right fonts. Thanks~ Bronwyn

  15. What an adorable idea! It'll be such a special piece of art to look at everyday!

  16. This is too cute! Would you mind if I featured it on my blog?

  17. Looks so cute! Here's another idea: Print out the words you want to use on self-adhesive paper. Cut them out and stick them onto the canvas. Paint over them and remove afterward. It combines a bunch of different ways to do this project, but seems to eliminate the tracing part. I haven't tried it yet, but it's a must-do on my list. Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. love that cute painting, gonna try.
    thak you for sharing.
    hope to see each other again.
    lovely greets.


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