Canvas Quote Art

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I had a canvas stored in my son’s closet that I bought several years ago. I had big plans that never materialized until a few weeks ago when a new idea came to mind and I created canvas quote art for his room using a quote from Dr. Seuss:

Canvas Quote Art Tutorial

It was so simple to do. Here’s how to create your own …


  • Canvas
  • Assorted letter stickers – mine were by American Crafts & Making Memories
  • Paints – white for letters and spray paint for main color
  • Useful tools – pencil, ruler, painter’s tape, x-acto knife


Step 1 Paint the canvas in white (or whatever color you want the text to be). I used some white semi-gloss paint left from our Cat Drawer project and actually rolled it onto the canvas. Let dry completely.

Step 2 Lightly sketch lines with pencil to help align your letters. I started at the bottom knowing I wanted the quote to be in the lower right of the canvas and used painter’s tape to mark the base line. This gave me an easy point to measure off of for the rest of the lines which were at 2″ spacing. Place your letters.

Canvas Quote Art Complete

I literally just dug into my stash of stickers for this project and used a whole mix of styles & sizes.

Canvas Quote Art: Lettering

Step 3 Spray paint over entire canvas in color of choice. I used Periwinkle by Krylon. Let dry. Apply a second coat per manufacturer’s instructions printed on the can.

Canvas Quote Art: Spray Paint

Step 4 After canvas is completely dry (I waited until the next morning just to be sure!), carefully peel off the stickers. Some of mine were coming up on their own. I used my xacto knife to get under the edge of those that were stuck – just enough to lift the sticker to the point we could pull it off with by hand.

Canvas Quote Art: Peel Letters

Step 5 Hang and enjoy your artwork!

Canvas Quote Art: Detail

My completed canvas is hanging in my son’s room along with his initial (from Pottery Barn Kids) and a shadow box about his first beach trip last year. The grouping perfectly filled a space that had been empty since we moved him to this room. He was so excited to see it and still points at it & comments. I think he especially likes the canvas since he got to help make it. 🙂

Canvas Quote Art

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5 comments on “Canvas Quote Art

    • Unfortunately, the image you've seen is not mine. I'm not sure where it originates from and who linked it to this post. You can use spray paint on mirrors. I used one by Rust-Oleum to update the existing mirror in our half bathroom (see that post here). It's been almost 3 years and still looks great although we don't touch it minus the occasional mirror cleaning. Good luck on your project!

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