DIY Watercolor and Vinyl Quote Art

Love this beautiful art & the message! Watercolor & Vinyl DIY Quote Art via

I often find myself roaming the aisles of home decor stores solely for inspiration. Do you ever do that? I know there’s a good chance that I can make my own versions for less than what the price tag says, especially when it comes to artwork! Like this watercolor and vinyl quote art, for instance…

While at HomeGoods recently, I spotted a whole section of quote art. Some were on canvas, some were framed prints, but all carried a price tag of at least $15 and up. While some of the prices certainly weren’t breaking the bank, I knew I had an empty frame and gold vinyl at home, and could make my own version in any color combination I chose. So that’s exactly what I did! (wink)

Quote art might just be my favorite type of art. There’s something about having inspirational words and mantras right in front of you each day that helps me remember to stay on task or not to sweat the small stuff. And the best party about making your own is that you can customize it with your favorite phrases and reminders!

I love how this watercolor and vinyl quote art turned out, and I loved the process of making it. Watercolor has become my new favorite medium, thanks to a recent creative mini-retreat inspired by my friend Jennie’s new workbook. (I’m sharing the details about how I got started with watercoloring here).


To make the watercolor circles print, I used 140lb watercolor paper (cut to fit my 8″x10″ frame), my set of Koi watercolor paints and round cookie/fondant cutters in various sizes. You could also freehand your circles, but I wanted mine to be crisp.


I didn’t trace the circles, but placed a cookie cutter on my paper, picked up some color with my brush and traced the circle directly with my brush. I stuck to the yellow-peach-orange-pink family of colors and mixed my own shades using the empty palettes. This gave me a much richer range of colors than just picking up exactly what comes in the paint palette. Plus I just like experimenting with different combos!

When my page was filled with circles, I moved onto making my vinyl quote in Silhouette Studio. I knew I wanted a font with a hand-written look, and ended up selecting Mawns Handwriting (free for personal use) from I played around with the dimensions each word individually until I got them to the size I wanted, roughly 1.5″ tall and 4-5″ long. Then I tried something new to help with the cutting process – I drew “weeding boxes” around each of my words using the Rectangle tool. This made it a lot easier to weed out the negative space around my letters versus fighting with the whole section of vinyl on my mat.


Also, does anyone have any idea why my blade never seems to cut through both the vinyl and the adhesive backing? I’ve had this happen on several vinyl projects, so I wind up removing the vinyl I don’t want and then picking up what I do want with transfer tape. This process has been working fine, I just find it strange that my blade never seems to cut through both layers! (The blade was set to the suggestion for Silhouette brand vinyl, too)

Okay, now back to the tutorial… Once the words were cut and weeded, I picked them up with a piece of transfer tape and positioned them on the middle of the glass for the frame. I found it helpful to place the watercolor print on a table, then the glass (sans frame) to get a good view at how this whole thing would come together.


It may be easier to start with the middle word first, get that centered and then place the remaining words above and below it. I had every intention of doing this, but didn’t remember until I’d already placed “make” onto the glass. Oops! Oh well! It still worked out fine!

"Make Today Amazing" Vinyl and Watercolor DIY Art via

I can’t help but drool a bit over those citrus-y colors. This is one of my favorite palettes, and this print will pair perfectly with my tangerine-and-magenta office!

Watercolor Vinyl Quote Art via

Oh, and guess what? Today is Silhouette Challenge Day for August! This month’s theme is Home Decor, which means there are a bunch more ideas coming your way!

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21 thoughts on “DIY Watercolor and Vinyl Quote Art

    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Aww, thanks Eff! I was hesitating trying watercolors for a long time because I didn’t think I’d be “good” at them. But then I decided, who cares, they look like fun! And they are! Which is kind of dangerous because now all I want to do is play with paints all day long, haha!

  1. Meredith @ unOriginalMom

    What a cheerful and lovely project! I love the idea of the watercolor backing. I get pretty intimidated by watercolors (or anything freehanded, for that matter) but I think some simple geometric shapes in a background would be a good place for me to start! And as far as the vinyl goes, are you talking about getting a “kiss cut” (where the vinyl is cut but the white backing isn’t?)? Or are you having problems with it not cutting all the way through the vinyl? The kiss cut is a good thing, if that’s what you’re getting! And I have started using weeding boxes for all my projects now, I agree, it makes it so much easier!
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    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Thank you, Meredith! Simple and abstract are two of my favorite things when it comes to art and especially painting 😉 I didn’t realize that a “kiss cut” was a thing, and a good thing at that! Good to know! I guess my machine knows what’s best after all 😛

  2. Brittany @ DIY Just Cuz

    This is so cute!! I love the colors you used especially. It must be so annoying that you can’t get a kiss cut!! Have you tried playing with the settings? Maybe try lowering the thickness. Every machine is different so you might have to play around with it? Also, what font did you use? Thanks for sharing!!
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    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Thanks Brittany! I just discovered what a kiss cut is, and I think my machine must be doing it right and I just didn’t know 😛 The font is called MAWNS Handwriting and I found it on

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