Inspirational Word Art

I am just going to come right out and say it: I can’t stand the meaningless word art that is mass produced. Keep calm &… Home is where the heart is. Or, even worse, the meaningless & self-centered drivel that pops up constantly on my Pinterest feed. I almost made a board that was called ‘dumb words’, but then I didn’t – because I try to move away from my cynical self and this didn’t seem like a move in the right direction. My all-time favorites include (but are not limited to):

“stay true to you & you will end up happy” -unknown *WRONG*,

“a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life” -Coco Chanel. Coco, I respectfully disagree with you. Unless you mean that her life will be changed by looking in the mirror 25 times a day and muttering “this is the worst haircut on planet earth, i should have saved $115 dollars and let my 6 year old try her hand at it”

“I got my own back” -Maya Angelou. I have two things to say about this, A.) that’s a shame and B.) this thinking is what’s wrong with the world.

Years ago when I made my first word art canvas I thought I had come up with the idea (it was before pinterest days). Clearly I wasn’t the only one with a good idea. There are so many mediums and styles, you are sure to find something that suits you AND puts beautiful truth into your way every day.

Here’s a little round-up of some of my favorites:

doxology press

{this lovely excerpt from a favorite hymn is by doxology press. I have it up in my family room, and it gets me humming the tune pretty much every day}

 word printable

{This is up in my oldest daughter’s bedroom. I think it is a great perspective at any age. You can purchase it from Katygirl Designs}

In Christ Alone

{how pretty is this embroidered art from Elizabeth Street?! It’s one of my families favorite hymns!}

love never fails

{three little – VERY TRUE – words! printable available for the teeny-tiny amount of $6.50 from BW prints. Think of how much encouragement those words could give you, as opposed to having your own back like Ms. Angelou…just sayin. As an aside, this one reminds me of the beautiful Ellie Holcolm song with this title – I will put it below for your listening pleasure because good words should be seen AND heard}

{if you need some good tunes feel free to listen to the Ellie Holcolm pandora station all day long like I do}

they broke bread

{I have been thinking of making something similar to this on a wood slab with the quote “enough is as good as a feast” for my kithen. I think this one found here by would be a great addition to a dining room or kitchen}

be still and know art

{the worship project produced a bunch of modern posters and canvases using words from worship and sacred music. So many good options over at society6}

cease endlessly striving

{this is from the beautiful Ruth Simons at Gracelaced. What parent doesn’t need to read this 500 million times a day. Such wisdom!}

great minds eleanor roosevelt

{My wise sister-in-law Beth quoted this years ago in a conversation and it has really stuck with me as a way towards meaningful conversations. You can find this print at Whisker Prints}

love is patient

{If you ever watch the HGTV show fixer upper with the adorable husband wife hosts Chip & Joanna Gaines, you might know that they also have a great online shop. For those of us not close enough to shop at their brick & mortar store you can explore their goodies – including this beauty – at the online Magnolia Market shop}

i carry your heart ee cummings

{My sister just sent me this lovely wood tablet with these e.e. cummings words inscribed. You can buy them from Wildwood Graphics}

love begins mother teresa

{love this ceramic plaque and these true words. find them here}

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I’m not sure this falls into the category of “inspirational”, but if you are related to me (or you have ever been around me when I was really hungry) you will know that this would be a good fit for my kitchen:

I'm sorry for what I said

{you can buy it here, if I don’t buy it first}

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I have just scratched the surface on this, and since I have worked on it on and off for  year and I am going to call it done and put it out there. Put good words in your home! For more good words follow my words pinterest page.

to see my older post about DIY word art click here.

DIY Word Art

{the original word art give away details are at the bottom of this post}

I’m not going to say I was the first one to have the idea of putting words on canvas and calling it art, I’m just saying I did it before pinterest existed and it was to my knowledge an original idea {except of course those truly fabulous posters in every dentist office in the 90’s that said some power word followed by an ambiguous description…like this, only not funny}…And, it took me days of searching the internet to find the large alphabet stamps I had in my mind for my original piece (this e.e. cummings poem) that spans over 2 large canvases (I’ll show you a pic when we move into our house and it is up on the wall again). Obviously, if you are a pinterest follower, you know I was wrong in thinking it was my idea. Oh well, I guess I can’t patent it.

What I love about taking favorite words and putting them on your wall in a permanent way is that it takes something trivial (home decorating) and adds weight (depending of course on what words you deem valuable enough to look at daily). My second project was putting one of my absolute favorites on canvas for my sister:

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes -The rest sit  round it and pluck blackberries.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Since then I have made a few for friends as house warming gifts. Here is a picture of one:

diy canvas word art{this is taken from The Jesus Storybook Bible}

 It’s obviously not a hard project. You have to have canvas, paint, alphabet stamps, a steady hand and good words. However, since some of you aren’t inclined to projects of any kind I am going to make it easy and give away a couple that I have recently made. All you have to do is spread the word about my blog and you could win one!

Here are some of my favorite applications of word art:

word art{this is by Albee – as a mother of small children I can really, really appreciate this sentiment, after my kids are asleep, of course – they are allowed to speak…& speak & speak}

wood plank wood art{originally found & created by the blogger at a cup of lindsay jo}

emboidered trailer art{this adorable embroidered piece by three red apples doesn’t completely fit my theme – but I LOVE trailers and would like to be ‘off to see the world’ in this cutey & it’s my blog, so…}

diy no solicitation sign{my clever friend Gina made this for the front of her house – if you don’t think these are good words, then you have never had an unwanted doorbell wake up your sleeping baby}

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I would have shown you more but the truth is I guess I made my own because most of what is “out there” is too polished looking for my taste or too blah in content (for instance: don’t forget to be awesome, let it be, live what you love, etc. you get the picture).

Here are the 2 pieces you could win:

diy painted canvas word art

diy painted canvas word art

How to win the word art made by me: Like my page on facebook, share this post on fb, tweet this post, make a comment on your favorite post or pin a photo from this post (or do all 5 & get your name entered for each thing). Be sure to use the share buttons at the bottom of the page so I know to put your name in the drawing (if you pin it, you’ll have to let me know in a comment, or on my fb page). 2 winners will be chosen (first one will get first pick) & you must have a continental US shipping address for me to mail to (unless you are my sister in Chile). Winners will be chosen on 6/28.

p.s. the reason I don’t give credit to an author in the second one is because it is an unknown author (it’s from a vintage book of children’s poems!)