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February 20, 2015

Big typographic wall art tutorial

DIY typography wall art

I’ve been waiting to find something wonderful to hang on the empty chimney wall in our office. I finally got tired of searching and painted a DIY placeholder. It will do the job until I either win the lottery or find an affordable, huge… something. After posting a photo on Facebook, I had requests for a tutorial, so here’s how to make your own “wonderful” typographic wall art.

You will need:
A 30″ x 40″ canvas or other surface to paint on
Graphite transfer paper
Ballpoint pen
This downloadable template:

Tiled version (Sixteen 8.5″ x 11″ pages with 0.75″ overlap) OR
– Single page version (30″ x 40″ if you can print this big!)

(Do not use file for commercial purposes or financial gain; personal wall beautifying only.)

What to do:

1) Print out the template PDF at 100% size.

2) Tape the sheets together to form one large template.


Graphic tracing paper

3) Trace letters onto a canvas using graphite tracing paper placed under your template. Drawing the lines with a pen and ruler will help you keep track of where you’ve traced and keep your lines straight. Taping the papers to the canvas will help keep the design from shifting.

Trace the outlines

4) After tracing, go back and beef up any hard-to-see areas. It’s no fun painting when you can’t see your lines!

5) Paint the design in your favorite colors. I’ve used both artist acrylics and latex house paint with good results on canvas. Depending on the quality of your paint, you may need two coats to get perfect, even coverage.

How to make typographic wall art

6) Hang your wonderful masterpiece.

Typographic wall art tutorial

Typographic wall art tutorial

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February 26, 2013

A useful color selector

Online color picker

Let’s pretend you’ve hired a designer to create a logo for your company. In your mind, you’re envisioning the precise shade of green that would make all your logo dreams come true. Your designer says, “Super! Show me a swatch!”

And then you’re stymied—what should you do, go to the paint store? Cough up $135 for a Pantone formula guide? Do a Google image search and hope that a picture with your green shows up on page 42?

Try visiting and run your mouse around the page. Click to lock in a color. Click around some more to add colors to your palette, or click any X to delete them. Click the question mark for info on how to navigate through the hues. When you’re finished, give the color number codes to your designer or take a screen shot and email it.


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