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Colorful Word Art

by Amy Bowerman

Certain words really get my creative mojo going and I’m always inspired by colors.  Combining inspirational words with bright colors is sure to jump-start your creativity just by lookiing at it.  I have this colorful “Create” word art hanging in my studio and it keeps my creativity flowing day after day.  Come along, and I’ll show you how to “create” colorful word art for yourself.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

Can you guess what I used to colorize this thrifted C-R-E-A-T-E sign…once old and cold and grey?  I’ll give you a hint:  You probably have some shoved in a bag from your last trip to the mall.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge | That’s right it’s Tissue Paper!  Plain old white packaging Tissue.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge | Some may say,”it’s too crumpled and plain to ever be used again!”  I say…” just add Ink”

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge | My Word Art Project was inspired by this fantastic video I found while researching the web for another creative venture.  Check it out to see this fun tissue paper technique in action!


How to Mod Podge Tissue Paper


This word art project is easy to create with recycled packaging tissue Mod Podge and your favorite stamps!   I’ve found quite a few of these word signs on my thrifting adventures so keep your eyes peeled if you don’t already have one on hand.  You can also use this technique on wooden or cardboard words available at most craft stores.


  • Metal, cardboard or wooden word or letters
  • Dylusions Spray Inks or other ink spray
  • Favorite Stamp (I used “Flower Text” Design Block from Hero Arts)
  • White Packaging Tissue (Recycled from a shopping bag)
  • Black Archival Ink

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

 STEP 1:  Stamp your tissue paper with black archival ink.

*TIP* Use a stamping mat or mouse pad for a clear impression.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

 STEP 2:  Lay your stamped Tissue Paper on a piece of cardboard or inside a cardboard box (this will keep any wayward ink from getting where you don’t want it).  Spray with Dylusions. Use a piece of wax paper to create blocks of color.

*TIP* Keep extra Tissue Paper on hand to mop up the excess Dylusions and create custom tissue paper for use in another project or for unique gift wrap.  You can find a full tutorial on creating custom tissue paper with Dylusions HERE.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

 STEP 3: Give the front of your word/letters a generous coating of Mod Podge and lay them on the back of your stamped tissue.  Let dry for 15-20 minutes.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

STEP 4:  Cut away the excess tissue to reveal the letter shapes.  Smooth any jagged edges with Mod Podge.  Add a second coat to the front of your word art.

*TIP*  I had some issues with the ink running when applying the second coat of mod podge so I would suggest A) Seal your word art with Acrylic sealer before adding the second coat of Mod Podge or B) Keep several brushes on hand and switch them out in between colors.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

Use your now COLORFUL word art to decorate your workspace or a favorite spot in your home!   My fresh and vibrant word art is like a ray of sunshine in my basement studio.  It really brightens up the room and is so cheerful don’t you think?   Now don’t go laughing at my cat head lamp now.  Nothing says “crazy cat lady” like a cat head lamp :)

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

If you enjoy decorating with word art I have another tutorial for altering wooden letters I think you might find “Inspiring” HERE.

Colorful Word Art Tutorial with Mod Podge |

Hope you enjoyed this colorful word art tutorial and it inspires you to “create” some colorful words of your own :)  Keep your eyes peeled for inspiring words at thrift stores, yard sales…and perhaps your own basement/attic cast aways.  I have a feeling the you’ll “find the words” sooner than you think!

Have a colorful day!


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alan Dinsmoor Contracting June 4, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Respect to post author, some good selective information.
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2 Anita Houston May 26, 2013 at 3:46 am

I love the sign…colorful and bright and cheery and great technique, BUT I’m super jealous of your fabulous studio!!!!!
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3 Janj May 24, 2013 at 12:30 am

FABULOUSLY Colorful! This is the best use of the HA stamp!!
PS …I have used Claudine Hellmuth’s glossy medium with tissue technique (but not with dylusion sprays)…it sealed and didn’t bleed. Overall I am finding I really like working with the medium for many projects.
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4 Eileen Hull May 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I love this project! That would get me inspired- love where you put it too. Looks like my studio :-)
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