Text art is some of the easiest and most elegant artwork you can do with the most basic of programs and access to a printer. It can be as complicated or as simple as you allow it to be. Pick your favorite quote, phrase or even line of lyrics and combine it with your favorite font! This can make for a really nice minimalist art piece on your wall that can be interchanged for the holidays, or to suit your mood. Choosing your own font, colors and text makes your space feel and look even more you!
Today, I’m going to be showing you how I made my DIY Christmas song lyric art featuring the beginning verse from N*SYNC’s “Only You” song. I used Thyssen J font with a simple 2-color format (black and green text) on white construction paper that I bought at my local craft store. I was sure to pick a very low textured paper so that way it wouldn’t be too noticeable when printed on. I built my design in Photoshop, but you can easily make this in Paint, Word or Google Docs.
The first thing you need to do is make sure your artboard or page size matches the paper you’ll be printing onto. If you’ll be sending this to a company like Fedex Office, Costco, or Shutterbug, make sure to match the photo size you’ll need your photo at. I made mine at 12″ x 18″, since my printer can print up to 13″ x 19″.
Next, add your text to your document. I placed my text block in Photoshop to the bottom of the page, but was sure to leave quite a bit of space to account for the matte board that it would be layered behind. This is when you should pick your font and any color(s) you want to use.
Save your document and print! It’s that easy! The hardest part will be figuring out where to place your text. Looking for a little guidance to help you along? Here are some sample text placements that are sure to work with (almost) any text block. Try these layouts and see what vibes with you the best.
Please note that the amount of text you use, the font style and the font size can make all the difference! Play around and feel free to use these as a starting point for placement of text based on orientation of paper. Trust your instinct, hit ‘Save’, and print the art. It always looks much different once it’s on the wall! If you’re torn between versions and you have the paper or money to spare, consider printing two or three to see what you like best. You can gift the art you don’t use or just recycle the paper!
What Christmas song lyrics will you choose for your art? I can’t wait to try this out in February again for fun Valentine’s Day art!