Create your own beautiful hand-lettered art for fall using this easy-to-follow tutorial. Use for fall decorating on a mantel or entryway table!

“Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice” Hand-Lettered Art

Create your own beautiful hand-lettered art for fall using this easy-to-follow tutorial. Use for fall decorating on a mantel or entryway table!

Hello friends! I have a cute and simple DIY hand-lettered art project to share with you today. I know I don’t typically post on Fridays, but I was putting the finishing touches on this piece yesterday and couldn’t wait to share it with you!

I typically prefer to make my own artwork because it’s cheaper and I can get exactly what I want – whether it’s colors, size, sayings, etc. You can see some of my other favorite DIY art projects here, here and here.

This time around, I tried something new and I think it might be one of the best art “hacks” I’ve come across. Last year, my mom gave me an inexpensive 18″ x 24″ frame that she’d bought and never used. It sat in my craft room closet until earlier this week, when I decided to use the frame by itself for my fall mantel. After looking at the MDF backer for a few minutes, I realized it was practically begging to be turned into a pretty piece of hand-lettered art. And here’s why – it’s large, it’s smooth (it’s a lot trickier to hand-paint words on the textured surface of a canvas!), and since it’s MDF, it can be painted easily. Oh, and it already had hanging hardware on the back!

I decided on a cute fall-inspired saying and chose “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice”. It just felt right for the season we’re heading into 😉 Let me show you how I made it…

Materials

  • 18″ x 24″ MDF board
  • white paint (I used DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting)
  • dark grey paint (I used DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels in Charcoal Grey)
  • various sizes of paintbrushes

Instructions

Start by applying several coats of white paint onto the MDF. I used DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting. I selected this paint mainly because I brought a bunch of samples home from the Haven Conference and I’ve been wanting to try them out. I’ve been using it on a few other projects and so far, I really love this paint. It covers well, and adheres to just about any surface. I also like the matte finish. (not being paid to say this; just want to let you know what I like about it!) 

painted mdf

 

When the background coat was dry, I used a pencil to lightly spell out “Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice”. I like writing out my words in pencil first so I can check the spacing and size before going over it in paint. (I tried to get a picture of this, but it’s hard to capture light pencil lines on a white background!)

hand-lettered fall art project

When I was happy with everything, I started going over my letters with a small round-tipped paintbrush and the Charcoal Grey color. To get the hand-lettered look, I applied the same principle of lettering with a brush pen—thicken on the downstrokes. I painted the whole letter, then went back and did a thicker stroke on the downward portions of the letter, like the stem of the “p”.

Create your own beautiful hand-lettered art for fall using this easy-to-follow tutorial. Use for fall decorating on a mantel or entryway table!

The last thing I did was paint “AND” in a simple sans serif. I knew I wanted the focus on the other words, and I could just tuck in a small “AND” in the middle somewhere when I was finished.

Create your own beautiful hand-lettered art for fall using this easy-to-follow tutorial. Use for fall decorating on a mantel or entryway table!

And that’s it! Pretty simple, right!?

If you’ve never tried it before, don’t let the idea of hand-lettering scare you off! It’s basically regular handwriting with thickened downstrokes 🙂

Create your own beautiful hand-lettered art for fall using this easy-to-follow tutorial. Use for fall decorating on a mantel or entryway table!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I am headed off to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio today and I am SO excited! I’ll be sharing photos and videos of my finds and adventures, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to stay connected!

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Create your own beautiful hand-lettered art for fall using this easy-to-follow tutorial. Use for fall decorating on a mantel or entryway table!

 

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