Word-y


Adding bits and pieces of lovely word art to your walls does not have to be complicated, costly, or time-intensive.  Sometimes you just need a few basic craft or office supplies to give that personal
and inspirational touch to your home.  The best part about these projects is the opportunity to choose meaningful verses, poems, lyrics, and quotes.  Words that speak to your heart and move your soul.
Words of truth and hope and love.


Materials used:
papers - watercolor and white copy
printer
stapler
stamp and ink pad
fabric scrap
straight pin
label maker
vintage wooden pants hangers to display
Of course, you'll also need something word-y!


First up, I chose a poem by Annie Johnson Flint.  Are you familiar with her story and work?  Reading that biography never fails to bring tears to my eyes.  I picture her young arthritic hands grasping pen and her tender faith-filled heart grasping grace.  Oh do I pray that He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again!  All I did was copy and paste the poem, change it up with a fab font, print it out on regular white paper, trim up the sides and staple to watercolor paper.  Presto, chango, a no-frills yet striking piece of word art.




For my second piece, I stamped a favorite verse, Romans 12:12, on a scrap of ivory fabric.  The watercolor paper was cut in half lengthwise and the fabric was attached with a straight pin.  I am pretty pleased with this sweet thing.  And I need this reminder everyday. 


This rolling stamp is a well-used crafting tool.  It is much more efficient than stamping each letter at a time.  The oil-based pigment ink is a rich black and, once set, is extremely water resistant.



The last word art in my collage is a selection of song lyrics by the wonderful Karla Adolphe.  I pretty much adore this talented lady.  Her gorgeous soulful voice resonates in my head when I read these words.  This piece was made with a label maker and watercolor paper.  I also used a ruler to help keep my sticky label strips straight.  


Yes, a label maker.  I keep finding ways to use this fella.  Gift tags, notecards, scrapbooking and now word art.  Oh and there is the original purpose of labeling.  I even bought it for that reason.



Scour your cabinets and search your drawers for everyday household items that can be used in a new way.  Clipboards and bulldog clips would also be an excellent way to display.  Even just taking pen to paper would be a wonderful option.  Or having a little one write it for you?  How precious would that be?  Tell me, what words would you want written on your walls?

17 comments:

  1. Love the different techniques. Words can be so inspiring and encouraging!

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    1. thanks! it is fun to experiment, since i could line my walls with words of all sorts. they hold power. xoxo

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  2. Lately, Psalm 27:14 has been on my heart, "Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." I just finagled a way for my vintage typewriter to work and typed out the verse and hung it by my bed from the one wooden pants hanger I could find. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. love it! i was thinking how cool a typewriter would be when i made these, but alas i do not have one. i'd love to see your word-y art - maybe in the beautifully rooted flickr group?

      and i love that psalm. we sing a worship song called wait on the lord from enter the worship circle, third circle. i love to belt out the words. :) xoxo

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  4. lovely. i need to make use of some extras to make some words look fancy like this! we have little index cards with scriptures doodled on them. they were fine until i saw this cuteness:)
    love you.

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    1. they are fine! believe me i have lots like that too. but sometimes taking words to the next level brings that extra beauty to your home. xoxo

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  5. I'm really digging your label maker!!

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  6. Sweet, simple and to a lovely point. Thanks for the inspiration, Annalea!

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  7. I just discovered this website and I am so glad that I did. I love the ideas in this post--especially the label maker! And, to boot, I am a fellow chai drinker : )

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  8. I love everything about this. Hangers have been my friends for hanging artwork, of late, but I must confess that I wish they were as lovely as the ones in your pictures. We don't have a very big supply of vintage materials here in San Diego :)
    I love that you stapled the quotes to the paper...so simple but the layers look lovely :)

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