Be Your Own Kind of Awesome – Poster Art

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Be your own kind of awesome by TwoPlusCute

We severely lack decor (and furniture but that’s another story). Dressing up the walls of a whole house can prove a costly endeavor and I am brainstorming for frugal but also personal ways to add art and decor on our walls.

My first attempt on painting some modern art that we could actually use in our home, served well to prove that my mom had it ALL wrong. She always believed – unwaveringly -I am some kind of mini-Picasso with great artistic skills. Well, this is what I made before I had my daughter cover the whole thing with black paint to hide my shame:


TwoPlusCute poster art

In stark contrast, in the following photo are two of my daughter’s first paintings. Her abstract art that is soooo much better than mine. Beats both what I could make and the “came with the frame” prints that had stayed in those frames for over a year. While I had already hang them on the walls. Yep. A year with two frames that advertised walmart (if I remember correctly).

Paintings from The Cute at 2 and a half years old


A canvas, adhesive vinyl letters, and a few drips of paint helped correct my previous attempt on art. In this groundbreaking installment, TwoPlusCute – and especially The Cute part – present *dun dun dunnnn* the Be Your Own Kind of Awesome Canvas Poster.


Be your own kind of awesome, poster art by TwoPlusCute


Dripped a tad of black paint on the canvas I used for my failed attempt on creating art.

The Cute obliged to apply it thoroughly with a foam brush (oh, oh, quality mommy-daughter time!):

The Cute painting1


And then she thought it needed some distressing and proceeded to smudge the paint off. With her hands.

I let her, after all, we established she knows more about art than I do. Plus, I scored bonus mommy points for staying calm:

The Cute distressing the painting


Once the canvas dried, I added the motto in white vinyl letters and the word “awesome” in shiny mirror letters.


Let’s talk about the motto for a second. It came to me when I was deep in thought while writing this post and I decided that I did feel and believe everybody can be awesome. Their own, unique kind of awesome. The awesome driver, the awesome scavenger, the awesome “I make things with scraps”, the awesome mother/father, the awesome crafter, etc

We are all awesome in some way and I did not want to forget that.

Ohhh, it sparkles!


Be your own kind of awesome, inspirational quote by TwoPlusCute


After we were done admiring it from all angles (and shooting a gazillion photos with bad exposure), I felt it needed something extra. Since I did not have any sparkly nail polish (what? it’s paint and they come with their own brushes!), I went with antique gold paint – it doesn’t hurt that gold is one of the strongest design and decor trends for this year:

needs a little something


More interesting now:


Be your own kind of awesome, inspirational quote poster art by TwoPlusCute


=> If you plan on making a poster with adhesive letters, keep in mind they might get unstuck eventually – you might want to mod podge your masterpiece.


Be Your Own Kind of AWESOME (poster art on canvas) by TwoPlusCute



  1. We put something on that empty wall
  2. It is a very meaningful reminder (at least to me)
  3. It’s personal
  4. And I made it with The Cute (you know: bonus mommy points and happiness)

I do feel it is lacking a frame…Heck, it’s fine, there are so many scraps of wood in our basement, I am certain we can DIY a frame. 🙂

What’s your current favorite motto? I assume you have many (I do!) but, which one popped first in your mind when you read my question?


ps. Spring is coming, time to make a wreath?

ps 2. Don’t forget: Be Your Own Kind of Awesome!



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18 thoughts on “Be Your Own Kind of Awesome – Poster Art

  • March 6, 2016 at 7:21 am

    This looks amazing! I have a plain canvas that is sitting around waiting to be a masterpiece, maybe I ‘ll follow your example and ask my daughter for help as I’m NOT good at painting too! My favourite moto is : “everything you do, do it with style!”

    • March 8, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      You can keep repainting your canvas, until you get it as awesome as you want. 🙂

  • March 5, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Girl, your daughter is seriously talented! I love her first paintings, I truly do, I would hang them in my room too! Maybe when I have a daughter of my own she can paint something like that too!
    I’ve never been able to paint anything (other than walls) and I’m so jealous of my mom and sis, that gene skipped me I guess.
    I love your new wall art and the meaning behind it. Our walls are totally empty save from a small photo gallery I was able to make this Christmas and we’ve been living in our house for 3,5 years now. I need to get going with the living room decor for sure!

    • March 8, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      You are so talented, I find it super hard to believe you don’t paint.

      ps. fyi, if you have a daughter, walls is all she is going to paint – except for the 5 minutes you put her in front of a paper. At least, that’s my experience. =)

  • March 3, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Little Cute is an artist in the making. Continue to give her paint and let her spread her wings. I still have paintings from my kids when they were little and some of them are better than Picasso’s (at least to me). You score major points for your shared bonding time together.

  • March 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Re: My post…..those are last years pictures….my garden is a frozen gray and brown tundra that I can’t bring myself to post! Maybe in 6 weeks or so there’ll be some life.

  • February 29, 2016 at 8:13 am

    I’m all for placing happy words to read everday. Your bonus is special, love that you created your art with your daughter! You’ll think of that everytime you walk by your artwork too.

    • March 8, 2016 at 7:43 pm

      It does motivate me. It motivates me to learn how to make prettier posters, lol. 😀
      But also the motto, lifts my spirit every time. It’s very forgiving.

  • February 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Beautiful! I desperately need to put up some art. I have ideas that will hopefully manifest one day. Ugh! Great that you let Cute just have fun and paint! 🙂

    • March 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      It wasn’t an option really. It was either that or, the walls. ^^

  • February 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    You are a great mom! The most artistic and imaginative friend I have said her mom let them make the worst messes doing arts and crafts…..nothing was off limits. Today, she owns an entertainment company that is extremely successful. She turns work away all the time…..I say, let Cute fly!

    • March 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      That’s an inspiring story!
      I do have limits but will keep in mind your story from now on and allow for more mess. 🙂

  • February 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Early art work is a treasure. I too believe everyone is awesome in their own way. My favorite motto is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” AWESOME job Cute and mommy.

  • February 26, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    One, I don’t think you needed to be ashamed of your art. I like the bottom right quarter in particular with the blue bleeding into the pink. It’s really pretty. And at least you tried. I just go straight to my kids without even trying. 🙂
    Two, I think that’s an awesome motto – no pun intended. 🙂
    Three, the first motto that pops in my mind is “slow progress is better than no progress”.

    • February 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Gotcha and fixed. (Gosh I hate misspellings.)

      Your motto is just perfect for renovating home owners, lol. 😀 It’s what I should be telling myself too.


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