I love quotes and I love having them around as reminders. This one is currently pinned up right above my computer, and I think it’s gonna stay for a while. As someone who only recently felt brave enough to call myself an artist, this is something that I still need to be reminded of:


” The meaning of life is to find your gift,

the purpose of life is to give it away”

― William Shakespeare

(Print for sale in my Etsy shop)

To make your own…

You need:

  • a painted paper with lots of bold colours. Mine was a piece of watercolor paper where I’d been playing around with fingerpainting and making marks with bubble wrap etc. but you could also make a collage or find a page in a book or magazine – or anything else with lots of colors. Just make sure that the paper is heavy enough to paint on, or glue it onto a heavier piece .
  • a print of you chosen quote (or feel free to use one of mine – link below)
  • tracing paper
  • pencil
  • two shades of grey paint
  • small brush
  • paint markers (I use Posca pens)


Step 1: Print out the quote.

Make a sandwich; colored paper, tracing paper and the quote on top.


Step 2: Start tracing the text, but only the bold letters for now.


It would look something like this on the painted paper.quote_text_traced

Step 3: Start painting around the letters.


I used two shades of grey and blended them right on the paper. As you see I left a border of the multicolored background, but if you a going to put the final piece in a frame, I would recommend either no border or a wider one. Mine almost dissappeared as you’ll see in the last photo below.


Step 4: When the paint is dry, place the quote and the tracing paper right on top of it again and trace the rest of the letters. Paint the text with paint markers (sorry I forgot to take photo, but I’m sure you know what it looks like) . Notice how I made sure to paint the darkest grey, where I knew I wanted to have white text on top.


Step 5:  I also outlined the bold text with markes and pencil to make them pop. Finally I added a tiny bit of decoration, but feel free to doodle all over the place if you’d like to 🙂


Step 6:  Now frame your masterpiece if you’d like and enjoy a job well done!


Download PDF with quote.


^ Charlotte