We’ve all seen how quickly a great quote can go viral. Quotes also cause your reader to connect more deeply with you – because a resonant quote shows that you understand how they feel, or you share a frustration, but also a hope, or provide encouragement, or humor to lighten their day. And again, no matter which type of quote you post, a short quote is very easily and often shared among friends and family members (free marketing for you!).
The other reason to artwork your own quotes is that you can easily post your quote in many places:
- Your blog
- Pinterest, Instagram or any other photo-sharing site or app
- Your Facebook Page or personal profile
- Set it to music and upload as a video to your YouTube channel – you could also string 3 or 4 quotes together on a single topic, add music and voila you have a video.
- Tweet your quote and have your tweet link to your blog or Pinterest pin
- Email it out to your list
You can either quote other people – grab topic-specific quotes from quote-sharing websites online – or quote yourself. Either make up a quote, or write down something that you often hear yourself saying, or grab a quote from your latest blog post, or article or eBook.
If you want to use quotes from other people, then just type in the keyword for the quote you’re looking for, for example, you could enter into Google:
As discussed above, you can either take a great photo and add your words over top of the photo, or, you can quickly paint a background and use that instead. Like this one that has gone viral on Pinterest and Facebook, and even been emailed to people:
Watercolor paints are the easiest way to create a beautiful, yet totally unique image to put your quotes over top of. And require no artistic talent whatsoever! In fact, you could even get your kids to do them for you.
Here’s how you can easily artwork your own quotes using just a cheap set of kids’ watercolor paints from Staples, a cheap dollar store brush, masking tape, a spray bottle (also from the dollar store) and pieces of watercolor paper. You can’t use regular paper with watercolor paints as the paper needs to be thicker and absorbent.
And when I say this is so easy, even your kids can do it for you, I’m not kidding. Here’s one done by my friend’s 3-year-old, using exactly the same tools and method I’m going to show you. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s a great background to add a quote on top of:
Okay, so no excuses left and let’s get started!
STEP 1: Tear your watercolor paper into the size of piece that you want. I find a square makes a nice shape for pinning or posting. Just make your fold line, scrape tightly across the fold line (we’re just using a vitamin bottle here to scrape down on the fold line), fold back again to the opposite side and scrape the fold line again, then tear:
You can either use your hands to tear the paper:
or you can use a ruler to tear the paper:
STEP 2: Tape down your piece of paper, using the masking tape, to make a border on all four sides (the tape will form a border underneath the part of your paper that is covered by the tape) like this:
STEP 3: Now use the spray bottle to spray water all over your piece of paper – go ahead and soak it!:
STEP 4: Next, spend some time thinking about which colors would fit the “feel” of your quote. If your quote is peaceful, then maybe you want to use yellow and peach, rather than black and red, for example. Now use your brush (moisten first in some water) to smoosh around in the paint color of your choice and get a nice lot of paint on the brush. Then just put that paint onto your wet piece of paper. You can paint it on, splatter it on, tap it on, dab it on, circle it on – whatever you want! Let your inner child come out to play here and just go for it! It’s impossible to make a mistake:
STEP 5: Wait for your art to dry, then gently tear off the masking tape. Scan the image into your computer. Or you can use your camera or cellphone to take a photo of the image and upload that to your computer:
STEP 6: Now add your quote to your photos by using Preview (on iMac), or Gimp (PC), or Photoshop. Below are videos where I show you how to do this. Free online tools you can use to add text to your images are AddText.com and Fotor.com
OR (changed font color and text position – I like this one better):
Voila! Your original piece of artwork and quote is ready for blogging, pinning, posting and tweeting. How easy is that? Here’s a video where I show you step-by-step how to add the words (the quote) to your artwork on Mac:
And Here’s a video showing you how to add words to your artwork or photo on a PC:
Using Gimp with PC
No excuses now, eh? So listen to your freedom and get painting! Or grab a photo and add your quote to it.