Transferring pictures to tiles by using Nail Polish Remover. This is freaking ingenious! And all you have to do is put the picture on the tile and rub the nail polish remover on top of it and it will bleed through!
Paint samples are really cheap (cheaper at Lowes than Walmart). Grab a blank canvas (also cheap), use painters tape to make a design, and buy a size appropriate wooden letter, or smaller letters to make a word, and paint those= Awesome art.