It’s the month of love, and what better way to celebrate than by transforming your favorite romantic book quotes into stunning artwork? It's time to get creative, bring out your romantic side and add that all-important personal touch to your space. They also make the ideal gift for your biblioriffic loved one.
Step 1: Select Your Favorite Romantic Quote
There are so many romantic quotes that resonate with our hearts. Take, for instance, a quote from Kristin Hannah's The Four Winds—"Love is what remains when everything else is gone." We can’t wait to read her latest novel—hint, hint!
And who can help but love these quotes from one of our favorite collections—Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series! Here are a few to inspire you:
- “Love's about finding the one person who makes your heart complete. Who makes you a better person than you ever dreamed you could be.” The Viscount Who Loved Me
- “I love you with everything I am, everything I've been, and everything I hope to be. I love you with my past, and I love you for my future.” Romancing Mister Bridgerton
- "The best kind of kisses are the ones that catch you off guard and leave you breathless." It’s In His Kiss
There are so many options—pick your favorite line from a classic love story, a modern day romance, or even a treasured line from a poem. The options are endless!
Step 2: Decide on Your Art Medium
Which medium reflects your style? It's all about creating something that brings joy to your heart. You may want to stick with something you know but come on, it's time to get creative and challenge yourself—try something new.
Hand Lettering on Canvas:
This one is perfect to bring out your inner calligrapher! It’s a fabulous combination of brush and ink and if that’s not your scene there are endless options when it comes to calligraphy pens! When it comes to hand lettering, Tombow brush pens are the bee’s knees!
Calling all of our tech-savvy creators. There are so many design programs available giving you the design freedom you need. Canva happens to be one of our favorites and the free version is perfect for your awesome romantic design.
Collaging always takes us back to our teenage years! So grab different colored paper, fabrics, magazines, and anything else that will add that extra bit of sparkle. You can even bring your inner child out to play with some glitter glue!
Step 3: Choose Your Color Scheme and Style
It's time to set the mood for your quote and develop your own personal, romantic brand, creating the perfect combination of fonts and colors!
This is all about the classics mixed with some old-world charm, creating a timeless piece of art. We love the combination of those classic fonts and muted colors!
Going with modern chic is the ultimate contemporary vibe that is striking and stylish with its bold colors and sleek fonts.
If you are a carefree spirit you may want to consider using free-flowing scripts and earthy tones to bring out that bohemian whimsy.
Step 4: Gather Your Materials
Preparation is everything, and we find that nothing is more inspiring than a table covered with different colored pens and paper, canvases, paints and brushes. Add to that a pile of photos, magazines, scissors, and glue and you are ready for action. Even if we’re designing on our laptops, we still love to cover our table with items that inspire us.
Step 5: Sketch Your Design
We know you can’t wait to get going, and perhaps you want to create as you go, but we recommend starting off by sketching your design on paper. This is great as you can visualize and play around with your design until it’s perfect. And then the fun begins!
Step 6: Create Your Artwork
Creation station! Here are a few tips to help you get started—just make sure you’ve let everyone know you are in a very important meeting and seriously can’t be disturbed! Take-out may be an option tonight!
It’s best to practice your lettering on paper first until you feel confident. Then you can get going on your canvas or cardboard—lightly draw your design in pencil and make any necessary adjustments. Now it’s ready to be brought to life with a dash of color and sparkle.
One of the big advantages of going digital is that you can experiment with a multitude of fonts, color palettes, and layouts with the mere click of a button. When your masterpiece has been completed it’s time to print it out on some of the best, high-quality paper you can find.
We love collages; experimenting with layers, depth, and texture is so much fun. Moments filled with colored papers, pens, paints, pictures and photos—every piece is a personal reflection!
Step 7: Add Personal Touches
Personal touches are what take your artwork to the next level, creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. It can be anything from personal mementoes to symbols from the book or poem. Let your imagination run wild.
Step 8: Find the Perfect Spot in Your Home
Your artwork is not just a decoration but rather a statement showing your love of literature. It deserves a place in your home where it can be cherished, seen and admired.
After all, you would never find the Mona Lisa hanging on the back of the bathroom door!
Conclusion: Your Literary Love Story on Display
Woohoo! We are doing a dance of joy and sending you a resounding congratulations on your achievement. You’ve managed to turn a quote that resonated with your soul into a masterpiece! A piece of art that not only tells your literary love story but is a visual representation of the power of words, the impact they have and the creativity they inspire.
We would love to see your creations, so please share them with our fabulous Once Upon a Book Club community!