With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 6/24/12 - 7/1/12

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Think on These Things # 20 Cheerful Face

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Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Subway Art

There are many great tutorials to make subway art.  The one I made was time consuming and the lettering isn't as precise as if the words were stenciled or vinyl.
But it has a humble, handmade look and was relatively inexpensive.
I had several ideas before settling on this method.  I considered building the project on Photoshop and having it printed onto a canvas but didn't want to pay the price for a large one and I was limited to the size.

I also thought about painting the lettering onto a canvas but decided to purchase a pine board that we cut to a 13-inch x 35-inch rectangle.
I printed out the words as a Word document in two different fonts.
Using a paper cutter, I cut around each word and, after sanding, priming and spray painting the board, I positioned them in a pleasing way.
  Using a stylist (seen on the lower left in photo above), I traced over the outline of each of the letters.
This was the hardest part of the project as I found it took a lot of pressure to leave an indentation in the board.

Each word was painted with white acrylic paint that I thinned just a little with water, using a thin paintbrush.
I sanded the edges of the board and some areas on the face as well.
 A coat of sealer and a light wash of brown antiquing paint and a final coat of sealer finished the project.
I debated whether to drill of hole on the back, add a sawtooth hanger or add a hook to the top for hanging. I had a brass hook that I had saved from an old lamp.  I thought the brass was too bright so I spray painted it black and screwed to the top of the board.  
That's it!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Celebrating Grads

Saturday we had a party to celebrate Erin's college graduation and Jared's middle school graduation


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