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How to Make Large Scale Budget-Friendly Wall Art in Less than an Hour

I’ve been on a little bit of an art kick lately. Probably has something to do with all of the blank walls in our house.

So today I’m sharing a large scale art project that is super affordable and all kinds of easy, in partnership with Pentel of America.

If you’ve ever tried to paint words onto a canvas or paper with a brush, you know there is a pretty big learning curve involved. And plenty of going back to your palette for more paint. But this version of hand lettered wall art is MUCH less difficult because it uses a Pentel Color Brush instead. It’s a pen that writes like a brush. So, if you can write with a regular pen, you pretty much have it covered. Yay!

I have a fun little video tutorial (which is just over a minute long) that goes through the step by step process. And we included one of the many outtakes at the very end too, just for laughs…

As you’ll see in the video, I painted the backgrounds and teamed up with Erica Loesing again to take the lettering portion to the next level (get Erica’s tips for better hand lettering here).

Here’s what you need to get started…

Pentel Supplies for Large Scale Artwork


Large heavy duty paper (I like Reeves BFK)
Matte finish paint (I like to use flat interior house paint)
Paint brushes
Pentel Color Brush (they come in lots of colors, in case you don’t want to use black)

How to make large scale hand lettered wall art

How To:

1. Start by selecting a color palette that works well for your space. Then paint the paper in a solid color. *You can also do a color blocked design or paint an all over pattern for a different look. Wait for the paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step.

2. Prepare your Color Brush by removing the plastic ring, according to the directions on the pen, and then twisting the handle back on. Then push the ink down to the brush tip with a quick squeeze of the handle.

3. Next, write out the phrase or saying that you want to include. Using your first go as a guide for additional layers (watch the video to see what I’m talking about here).

4. Then go over the original text you’ve created until you reach a desired look and thickness. Wait for the ink to dry and hang.

How to Make Large Scale Budget-Friendly Wall Art in Less than an Hour

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour
Heck Yes!

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

Pretty simple, right?

I honestly think the hardest part is coming up with clever sayings to use. So, if you need any ideas, feel free to try any of the ones I used. Or check out my sayings and quotes pinboard for more inspiration in that department.

Nailed It!

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

DIY //  How to Make Large Scale Hand Lettered Wall Art in Less than an Hour

Turn Down For What

Photography by Kimberly Murray
Hand lettering by Erica Loesing of Yes Ma’am
Crafting assisted by Linda Jednaszewski
Concept and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

So what do you think? Have a blank wall that could use a piece of artwork like this? Or any suggestions for additional phrases that would be fun to use for this DIY? I would love to hear ‘em.

This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible. To see more posts like this one, visit the dip dyed hand lettered DIY stationery and 3 DIY ways to dress up plain textiles.



I love natural wood, and my first instinct is always to create a wood wall that looks as natural as possible. But I’ve seen some great painted walls lately, and know that there are times when painting your slat or tongue-and-groove wall surface really is the right call. The great thing is that painting gives you a large range of options. From white beachy horizontal boards to a dark Japanese look with deep blacks, you can give your wood wall some personality.

Maybe you have wood walls and love the texture, but the color of the wood doesn’t go with the rest of your decor. Or perhaps you already have copious amounts of wood in your interior, and need to provide a little visual relief. Painting your wood wall might be just the ticket. Don’t forget great options like a warm grey, or even a color if you’re being a bit daring. Or try one of the new lookalike wallpapers! And if you don’t really want to cover all that natural grain, a stain or wash in a similar tone can be just as lovely.

Do you love wood, and can you stand to cover it up?

(above) Black Vertical Boards


Vertical White Kitchen + Window Seat


Horizontal Black


Textured Grey Boards + Matte Black Stain


Vertical Lines

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.


We are getting ready to move (again) and Jeff and I have been going through piles of clothes + shoes to decide whether they are keep, toss, or donate. But as we started to go through everything, I realized I needed to create a forth pile: things to DIY with before we leave. This pair of shoes is the first of those DIYs. I found them in the back of our closet and I don’t think I’ve worn them more than once or twice because they are a little too plain. I like fun flats!

So I found a couple of neon paint pens in my craft cabinet and did a little makeover. Here’s how you can recreate this look with your own pair of shoes.


  1. old pair of shoes (mine are Ecote – got ‘em on sale for $19.99 from Urban Outfitters)
  2. neon paint pens (I used these exact ones from Amazon) that can used on textiles

Here’s How to Make Them:

  1. Find a pair of shoes that you want to makeover and make sure they are clean from debris. If they’re in the back of your closet, they may have accumulated a little dust. Just be sure to wipe them down first.
  2. Grab one of your paint pens and get to work!
  3. I had a semi-complicated leather detail on my shoes that I wanted to paint and the leather pieces overlapped one another. So I painted the “under” areas first and let them dry before painting the “over” areas.
  4. Move onto the other shoe. And then circle back and give the first shoes another coat of paint if necessary. I did two coats for my pair.
  5. Finish up with coat number two on the second shoes. Let them dry. And you are ready to hit the streets!

I am so glad I did this mini-makeover. Now I’ll wear these flats all the time.

Here are a couple of photos of the finished shoes…

What do you think?

Will you be trying a neon project like this on an old pair of kicks?

Let me know in the comments section below.