Subway Art Printable and DIY

Target Knock off Subway Art Printable and Tutorial

A Printable Decor exclusive is long overdue.  This printable was inspired by a Target outing.  While browsing, I snapped a shot of this subway art piece that I knew would be perfect for my stepdaughter’s new apartment.  Target’s version was 24.99.  Mine cost under $2.  Read on to see how I did it, and to find the downloadable file.

Target Knock off Subway Art Printable and Tutorial

Here is the print I created in Photoshop.  It is 11×17 in at 300 ppi.  I love this size for subway art because of the aspect ratio (verses 11×14, which I find to be to wide for its height if I am using one word all the way across), and because I can have them printed at my local Staples for less than $1.

Target Knock Off Subway Art Printable

To download, click the thumbnail and the full size version will pop up in a new window.  Save to your desktop.  I just save it onto a flash drive take it in to the store, and Staples will print it from there on regular copy paper.   I often like to mount onto canvas, but never have found 11×17 canvases, so I end up framing this size.  This time,  I really wanted the canvas look, so I got resourceful.  I found the board I ended up using in my garage (I collect them curbside whenever I see them because they are great for mixed media collages).  This project cost $1.29 and materials I had on hand!

This is what I did:

Bunting Subway Art Printable

To add a hanging mechanism, staple picture hanging wire horizontally across the back near the top with a staple gun.

I love it, and so will it’s recipient (if I don’t decide to just leave it right there on my mantel!

Target Knock off Subway Art Printable and Tutorial

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Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am

And this is why I need to buy Mod Podge! Love this Johnnie! I love 11×17 prints as well but haven’t found a cheap way to display until now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Steph @ The Silly Pearl July 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

A beautiful message and piece of art! Thanks for sharing how you made it!

PrintableDecor July 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thanks, Steph!

Kara July 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I love it!! Thanks for sharing!!

Brittaney Allen July 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

I LOVE this! And I think yours looks better than the one at Target! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

PrintableDecor July 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Great. Thanks, Brittaney!

Cheri July 21, 2012 at 7:53 am

Great project Johnnie. I love the colors. It will be the perfect gift that is– unless you decide to keep it.


Gail July 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

I’m preparing to do some subway art in my dining area and trying to figure out how to do it without buying the cutting machine for the letters. I never thought of doing it with modpodge. Great idea. And your sign looks wonderful. Gail (

Kristen July 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

LOVE LOVE it!! The colors are stunning as well! Would you mind sharing the photoshop file with me so I can personalize a word or two for my fam??

PrintableDecor July 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm


Kristen July 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Awesome, thank you so much!!! My email is Kristen.Israel at Gmail dot Com

randel August 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

may i have it also? not letting me download on a mac. 🙁 thank you!
srhambrick at

Mary Heriford August 8, 2012 at 11:14 pm

What is Gesso?:)

PrintableDecor August 9, 2012 at 4:37 am

Here is a great info source on gesso. It is a primer that is used to prepare canvas to accept acrylic paint. You could also use primer for the purposes of my tutorial. Hope that helps!

kristi September 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

so happy to see that my artwork inspired you to make your own version.
all the best ~ kristi

Allison September 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I love it!! I dont see where to download it? Is there a charge to download it? I dont have photoshop 🙁 but would love to print it just as it is! do you have the pdf of this? Thanks so much for sharing your talent!!!!!!!!

PrintableDecor September 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hi Allison! Glad you like the print. There is a thumbnail of the full size version and instructions on how to download it further down in the post. Just right click the thumbnail, which will bring up the 11×17, 300ppi version (the full size). You can save to your computer and print at home, save to flash drive and go to your local printer, or upload to an online printer (I use Snapfish) and have them ship it to you. Hope that helps. If you still have trouble, let me know. xoxo

Allison September 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Thanks!!! It worked!!!! I love it–thanks so much for your reply!!!!!!! 🙂 cant wait to print this!

Stephanie July 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Is the gesso necessary? Could I skip that step? Love this!

PrintableDecor August 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Good question Stephanie. I would either gesso or primer so that you are starting with a nice white, even surface for your transfer.

Diane Shorey October 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

Hi Johnnie,
I just saw your tutorial on the subway art and loved it. I thought it would make some nice Christmas gifts. However it wouldn’t let me save it to my computer. Am I doing something wrong?? Thanks for any help you can give me.
Diane Shorey

PrintableDecor October 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Hey Diane! So glad. Show me when you are finished. xoxo

Adam Horn May 18, 2014 at 1:26 am

How did you get the distressed look after you had applied the two coats of midge podge? Thanks!

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