I already had all the materials I needed on hand:
acrylic paint (white, raw sienna, raw umber)
small paint brush
Using gesso, I added a little texture to the canvases. Once the gesso had dried, I painted the canvases a solid cream color. Then I mixed some raw umber paint with a little blending medium, and used an art sponge to apply a dark wash.
I don't have the best handwriting, so I printed the verses out to the size of my canvas, then used transfer paper to trace the letters on to the canvas.
Using a very small brush, I went back and painted over the letters. After the paint dried, I used a brush and a little water to wipe away any lines leftover from the transfer paper. I added one more wash of paint to finish.