I’m such a word hound. I love words, text, quotes and beautifully written songs and books. For as far back as I can remember, words have been the medium or form of creativity that speaks to me more than anything else. So why not frame them and look at them every day? I could fill every wall in my home with framed words that have special meaning for me and my family. This is also a fantastic gift to give to anyone! Who doesn’t love a encouraging quote or lyrics from a great song!
Creating our own art with words is easier than ever. Our computers are just waiting for us to create our own text art with so many beautiful and fun fonts and rich colors to choose from. If you can type and print a letter on your computer, you can do this!
To get started, I recommend using 8.5 x 11 inch- white card stock paper found in the scrapbook section of your craft store. The card stock paper is a little thicker than standard printer paper and is designed to absorb the inks of the printer better than paper. Card stock paper has a beautiful finish to it and you can really see the fibers and has a professional print look:
The next step is to decide on your words. There are so many endless possibilities! Think about using lyrics to a favorite song, an inspirational quote, a paragraph from a favorite book or for the kitchen, think about printing out a scanned picture of one of Grandma’s famous recipes in her own writing and enlarging it.
Once you decide on your words, you are ready to head to your computer and go into your word processor to get started. I use Microsoft Word, which already comes with tons of beautiful fonts to choose from. I open up a new document and start writing the words. If I want to use lyrics from a song, I just search the internet for the lyrics and then copy and paste it back to my document. Otherwise I just type my words. I then highlight all of the text and try different fonts until I find the perfect one:
For a different look you can also change the font of each word like I did for this print that I framed:
For my daughter’s room, I changed the color of each word in this framed print that I made to perfectly coordinate with the colors in her room:
For Valentine’s Day, I printed out the lyrics to my wedding song (We Go Together Like a Wink and A Smile) and I’m going to hang it next to my husband’s sink in our bathroom on Valentine’s morning:
If you really want to venture out more into the amazing ornate fonts that are now available online, think about checking out font websites like Dafont and and search for a font to download for free that is an art form in itself. If you don’t know how to download a font, I found this awesome video on on Youtube here that shows you exactly how to do it!
With really ornate and decorative fonts, you can just frame an initial or a three letter monogram. I used the font called Some Weatz Swashes that I downloaded for free from Dafont found here:
After you have printed out your words, you can pick up an inexpensive mat and frame from your craft store as well. Adding the mat really makes a difference and they come in almost every color so you can really coordinate with a specific room decor:
I found this beautiful gold oval mat at Hobby Lobby for our family initial (I’mm still on the hunt for the perfect frame):
So many endless possibilities here and when you’re finished, it looks so professional and the words are perfectly chosen by you! Such a fun and easy project.
I’ve been a little slow in posting regularly, I guess I am still playing catch up from the holidays. I have so many projects started and I’m getting ready to do some big room revamps, so I hope to get back into my posting routine immediately, so check back soon!
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!
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