DIY Office Decor– Motivational Art

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Decorating my office on a budget has been challenging but very fun! After my dry erase board was mounted I had another wall of prime real estate to decorate. I already had a 16 x 20 painting party piece I made of the Golden Gate Bridge that was in need of some moral support. With that artwork as my centerpiece (and color scheme) I decided to add a few quotes on canvas and in frames.

Choosing a layout

I choose a layout so I would know what size canvas to use.  I went with a layout that I found on pinterest and used a 16x20 art piece as its focal point. I bought 12x24 canvas (instead of 10x20) and some 8x10 frames, all were on sale at Michael’s.

Canvas Art & Painting

First I made my canvas art -- selecting two motivational quotes that I loved as the heart for each canvas.
Stay Humble, Work Hard, Be Kind
Either you run the day or the day runs you. - Jim Rohn 
I tested out a variety of stenciling options, fonts, and backgrounds before settling on sunsets as the backdrop for each canvas. I laid out my quotes with stencil, alternating decorative lettering. Then I painted my sunset images with acrylic paint and removed the letters when I was finished.  Rinse, lather, and repeat for canvas #2! After everything dried I was ready to move on to designing the framed quotes. 

steps to making canvas art

Making Framed Quotes 

Again I selected quotes that motivated me but this time I had more design elements at my disposal.  
There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction - W. Churchill
“It always seems impossible until it's done.”- Nelson Mandella

Using Canva and my own photos I designed the first quote and printed on high quality photo paper. 
Winston Churchill quote

Then I found some simple design elements and modified the second quote; adding different colors so it all ties in together.

Nelson Mandela quote

In the end I made some minor adjustments but the final product came out better than I anticipated and it only cost me $30! My office looks lovely and my extra wall now serves as a constant source of inspiration.

gallery art wall Cordier Event photo

How have you decorated your office? I would love to know what you did!


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