New theme for Tuesdays on the Read My Lips blog! I will now either share a craft project I’ve been working on, share something one of my fabulous friends has done, or something I think is terrific from the internet. I love making things and it’s a great creative outlet that doesn’t typically involve any of my many jobs, so it’s nice to have a break from all things speechie- or wedding-related. So, anyone who has a project they would like me to feature on my blog, email me with information and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I finally finished my Pinterest-inspired project with canvas/paint/letters! It was super fun and pretty easy. There were several steps in the process and I have some tips for anyone who wants to try it!
The first step is to choose what you want the canvases to say. I went with lyrics from some of our favorite songs because I love quotes and we love music! Can you guess which songs I used (title and artist)?
- Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain
- How sweet it is
- I know she loves the sunrise
- Love love me do
- What a beautiful mess
Then I had to decide what I would use for the background for each canvas. I decided on pages from a favorite book of ours (I felt so naughty ripping out book pages!), sheet music from one of the songs, a photo collage, and pictures I found online of tulips as well as an Antiguan sunrise.
I used clear school glue to attach the backgrounds and canvases and tried to create some texture by crumpling or ripping up some of these items. TIP: find some better glue that will attach all the nooks and crannies of the textured paper a little more effectively OR do not try to do any kind of texturing. My ineffective glue and gluing techniques created the most problematic part of the project because when painting over the letters, it is difficult to avoid painting underneath the letter stickers when they are placed on an uneven surface. Also, if you are using backgrounds that are on unfinished paper, paint over with a thick layer of Modge Podge so that the letter stickers don’t pull off the paper used for the background.
After the glue and/or Modge Podge are dry, it’s time to place the letters. It’s better to use thicker, bigger letters because they will show more of the background and be easier to read on the final project. But, I also really like the look of using a script-type font. General rule of thumb, you can use script or skinny/small letters if you have a simple background and more contract between the background and paint color. TIP: think about how you will arrange the canvases if you are doing a grouping before you decide where to place the letters and try to mix up your alignment styles.
Here are the canvases at various stages through these first steps:
Now it’s time to paint! I used an acrylic paint and mixed white to change shades for canvases in the same color or mixed silver for canvases without texture to add a little dimension. I also decided to do some dry brushing of the other colors (i.e. teal on red) and added some stenciling in other colors/shades (i.e. light teal) to tie everything together. Once everything is COMPLETELY dry, you can pull off the letters! This is the best part and a great activity to do while watching TV (it’s a little tedious, especially if you use skinny, script-like letters).
You’re almost done! Now, just add one more good coat of Modge Podge, it kind of pulls the whole canvas together since it gives everything the same finish. Then, put them up on the wall (I know this is sometimes the hardest step to finish, just commit and do it – you only need a hammer and nails/picture hangers and you can ALWAYS move them!).
Here are some close-ups and the finished product on the wall in our dining room:
Now who has suggestions for what I can put on that shelf???