Phrases on Canvas


So I went to the Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 concert at Fiddlers Amphitheater the other night. SO AMAZING! I’m not normally a huge fan of this venue because the general admission is in the grass on a hill and you have to get there early enough to nab some seats. And stay in constant fear of someone falling on you as they slide down the grass. Jk. Kind of. Well this summer I totally changed my opinion. Fiddlers is great! This was the second concert I went to there this summer, and while it’s no Red Rocks, it’s hard to compete with a beautiful outdoor venue in beautiful Colorado. I mean honestly, look at this:


Kelly did amazing! (We’re on a first name basis). She has such fantastic stage presence and was vocally great live!


Maroon 5 was a ton of fun also! Apparently everyone is in love with Adam Levine…? Including the drunk hot messes falling all over themselves nice older women. Who knew I was getting two shows that night?! 😉



What You Need:

  • Canvas- any size you want- Mine were 16″ x 20″ I believe
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Elmer’s glue (mixed with some water – follow directions on bottle) or Mod Podge
  • Magazine, newspaper, book pages, or music sheets
  • Stick on letters (if you don’t want to spend the money, like I didn’t, you will need one of the following sets of items: contact paper, exacto knife and printer, or a pack of chipboard letters. See step 3 for more directions*)


Step 1: First decide which paper you want showing underneath. I did magazine scraps on two, and music sheets on one. If you’re doing music sheets you can just adhere the whole sheet, but if you’re doing any of the other paper forms, I would rip out lots of little sections. Preferably in colors that you won’t be using for your background color. I recommend ripping them instead of cutting them, but whatever works best for you is fine.

Step 2: Using either Mod Podge or the Elmer’s Glue and water mix, start covering your whole canvas with the paper scraps. Be sure to cover the bottom of every scrap so it sticks, and then paint over it with some glue around the edges to make sure they don’t curl up.

Step 3: If you bought stick on letters, pick your phrase or word and stick them on. If you don’t have enough of one letter for the whole phrase, you can do the phrase in two parts so that you can pull off the letters on top once you paint over them, and then stick them on the second half of the phrase before you paint over that. Be sure you measure so that each line is spaced out and will fit.

*- If you do not want to pay for stick on letters, here are your two options. First, you can print out the phrase with a very big bold boxy font. Cover that with contact paper and then cut it out with an exacto knife. The contact paper should peel right off the printer paper. It’s definitely a little tedious so be prepared.. And by a little, I mean a lot. So skip that option if you don’t have much patience or already have high blood pressure. The second option is to buy a pack of chipboard letters. You simply set them on top of the paper scraps you’ve glued down, and you will hold each letter in place while you paint over/around them. This option was my favorite out of those two. You also get to keep the chipboard letter to use again if you do multiple of these paintings.

Step 4: Once you have your phrase laid down on the canvas, paint over it. I used a large paint brush and was just very gentle around the letters. On the two below I liked the transparency of one coat:



However, on the last one I did multiple coats to decrease the transparency, but keep the texture:


Step 5: Peel off letters. All done!

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The painting below has a phrase that is probably a little too long for this project, but I loved the verse and wanted to use it anyway!


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phrases show through


4 thoughts on “Phrases on Canvas

  1. Love this idea! I was just telling Garrett this morning that I wanted to put quotes up on the wall and this is a perfect way to do it!!
    Thanks for the idea 🙂

    • kkdaniel,

      Make sure you cover both sides of the paper scraps thoroughly with glue and let dry completely. You can smooth out the scraps once you cover both sides with glue. Once it’s all dry it shouldn’t bubble. Hope that helps!

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