Motivational Art {Tutorial}

In two weeks I’ll be headed back into the classroom. I’ve always wanted to hang a modern motivational art piece in there but everything I find is so expensive. And I really don’t like the familiar “Reach for the stars” type of educational posters.

Classroom Motivational Art

While at Joann’s the other day (yes I am there at least twice a week), I noticed their canvas boards were on sale for 40% off. Light bulb moment! I purchased a 15″ x 30″ canvas for only $9.60.

I painted the canvas black (to my daughter’s complete disgust).

Then I selected a quote I thought might mean something to my students. I settled on the famous quote by Marianne Williamson.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Whoa! That quote is way too long!  So I cut it short and typed it out in Word. Then I pieced the lines so they would all be about the same length.

Next I used my Silouette (LOVE HER!) to cut the lines of text out on white vinyl.

Once all the text was cut, I laid it out on my canvas, this really was the hardest part.  I kept having to rearrange the text to make it straight (or at least 96% straight).

Classroom Motivational Art

Once they were straight I rubbed the vinyl text onto the canvas.  What a relief when that was done!

My final step was to seal it all with a coat of Mod Podge.

Classroom Motivational Art

Yes, much better than a poster.

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  1. I, too, love this quote and what a wonderful & lovely creation you’ve made to share with the world and in particular, students in your classroom~ Thank you for sharing it with all of us too!


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