Art Journaling 102: Technique Focus – Altering Word Art

by Julie Ann Shahin, Studio Tangie Social Media Team

Technique Focus – Altering Word Art

Today’s focus is on using purchased word art and making it your own!

What is Word Art? By Tim Brugger

In its simplest form, word art is simply ….(stylized) print or text, essentially (transformed text) into an image. Rather than your traditional Times New Roman or Arial fonts, which may appear a bit bland on an (art journal page or scrapbook layout), word art gives the designer a means of changing the bland into an eye-catching, attention-grabbing image.

Some Examples

There are a ton of different effects you can make using word art; limited only by your imagination. Some of the more common uses include changing blah, ordinary text into having the appearance of being 3-D, using different colors and shades and shadows to add the appearance of depth.

Changing your text using stripes, fades and adding curves or blocked shapes is also a common use of word art. Even after you’ve tweaked and doctored up your text using one or several of these options, there are still choices available to you. Now you can pull or stretch the text giving it an entirely different appearance, or make it appear as though it is spiraling or wrapping it around pictures.


Examples of Word Art by Tangie

Here of some of  Tangie’s most recent products that are Word Art centric, although most of her kits and parcels contain word art as well:

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #7 by Tangie

{Verve} Letter Art By Tangie

{Verve} Letter Art

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 18} By Tangie

Art Journal Caravan 2012 {Parcel 18}

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #010 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #010

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #005 By Tangie

Tangible Plans™ {Add Ons} #005

Inspiration for Altering Word Art

Tutorial by Julie Ann

Step 1. Open word art from Steampunk Maritime w/ Studio Rebecca in your photo editing software (I am using Photoshop Elements).

Step 2. Create a new document the size of your art journal page with a white background and drag the word art onto it. Transform the word art with the move tool (by dragging  the corners) so the word art is full-size.


Step 3. Take a paper from Journal Anthology 8 and drag it above your word art. Group it with the word art by pressing Ctrl+G to “cut” away the paper so that the word art is now cut out of the paper.


Step 4. Take another paper from Journal Anthology 8 and drag it to the layer below your word art. Position it.

Step 5. Drag the word art again onto the page again twice, this time above your background paper.  Alter the color by going to  Enhance –>Adjust Color –> Adjust Hue/Saturation, then adjust the lightness level to the left until you are satisfied with the white color.  Rotate the word art by using the move tool.



Step 6. Next I wanted to highlight the word “Explore.” So I drew a box around it with the Rectangular Marquee Tool, copied it (Ctrl + C), and then pasted it on a new layer below the word art layer.

Step 7. I added Tangie’s Galaxy Glow style to the new layer’s word art Explore. (Galaxy Glow style is available on the SUPER HERO BUNDLE by Tangie). I adjusted the style to my taste by clicking on the fx icon.


Step 8. Experiment with blending modes to give the rotated word art  layers an added extra artistic oomph! I changed the blending mode to color dodge.

Step 9. Add a new layer, and stamp with Tangie’s Grunge Brushes 1 above the background paper.

Step 10. Add ephemera.

Step 11. Add splattergraffiti.

Step 12. Add border pieces.

Here is the finished page:


Border: AJC Parcel 40 with Amanda Sexton
Boat, Anchor: Dream Spilling
Splatter Graffiti: Dare
Sailors: 3 Cheers with SherrieJD
Papers: Journal Anthology 8
Word Art: Steampunk Marine
Brush: Grunge Brushes 1 by Tangie



Credits all from Tangie Baxter-

Conversed 3
Conversed 6
AJC12 Parcel 18
AJC12 Parcel 16
AJC12 Parcel 8
AJC12 Parcel 7
Collage Fodder Animal Faces
Gesso Messy 5
Watercolor Styles 1
Paperworn Art Styles & Bonus Action

Now it’s your turn! Let’s see your altered word art pages!

Upload your page to your blog or favorite gallery. Link it up (copy and paste the url) in the comments of this blog post.

Julie Ann Shahin is a New York-based art journaler, scrapbooker, mixed media craftster who specializes in hybrid and altered art techniques. She will be blogging regularly for on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may contact Julie Ann directly at julieann dot shahin at gmail dot com

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