Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Subtle Wall Art

Wow, I have seriously neglected this blog.  My apologies!
The only excuse I have is 3 words: The Hunger Games.
If you haven't read this yet, you need to right now.  I can't even explain what it's about because it is so out there, but it is so good!
Why do I always fall in love with teen series???
..... But even my sy-fy loving boyfriend read it and loved it - we even had to fight over who got to read the 3rd book because we both zipped right through the 1st and 2nd one.

Anyway, I am sad to report it's about that time for me to return to my focus to school.
Not too many classes this fall, however, I find I can only direct my maximum focus to one thing at a time, and I am directing that to becoming an art teacher.

I am hoping to keep posting a few projects every once in a while, but I know in another week or so, I will be super busy until winter break -- just in time for CHRISTMAS CRAFTS!!!

I did have one final project that I completed before the summer's end and I want to share!

I saw this subtle artwork done by using wood letters on a canvas, but instead of buying letters, I used what I already had -- puffy paint!

First you need the size canvas you want.
I just painted over an old portrait I did that was so bad I couldn't even bring myself to show on here.
Then, paint the entire surface the color of your choice.

While that is drying, print out whatever you want in the size and font of your choice.
Then lay a piece of wax paper over it and secure its place with a piece of tape.
(I was so excited to finally use this quote!)

Next you use puffy paint to trace over the words.
This took some practice, so you may want to try a few times.
It helped me to outline first, then fill in the letters.
The puffier, the better!
This will need at least 24 hours to dry!

While waiting for the words to dry, use a ruler/T-square to make evenly spaced lines on your canvas so you now where to place your letters.
(Sienna has been my constant moral support all summer!)

After 24 hours of drying, peel off the letters from the wax paper.  I used a paint scraper and xacto knife which worked really well.

Then, once you have your words placed where you want them, use a craft glue to glue them to the canvas.
Make sure it is glued flat with no spots sticking up, and let it dry completely.

Paint over it again to cover up the lines and puffy paint, and you are done!!

This works perfectly in our bathroom, and even after a few weeks of staring at this quote, I still love it!

Well, for now, all I can say is I hope everyones autumn months are filled with orange leaves, pumpkin flavored baked goods, cider, scarves, boots ..... the list goes on!

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