It can also be a time-sucking wasteland, but that's a topic for another day!
By the way, you can find me on Pinterest HERE. ;P
I found this inspirational quote & it stuck with me.
I pinned it & then saw it again in a simple, elegant format --
white-on-white — raised lettering on a white canvas.
Easy-peasy, right? Right!
Don't ask me why (uncompleted project number 3,453 maybe?
The last time I considered a DIY Art Project???....I digress...)
My point is that I happened to have a canvas stashed in the garage.
You can get them for about $20 at Neds, Cheap as Chips or
whatever the local dollar-cheapy-store is in your neck of the woods.
which in good ole Adelaide Australia is known
I got smart on this one....I wrote down the quote!
That was my first smarty-pants move.
My second act of brilliance (not realising, but fully taking credit for)
was using this "quote scrawl" as a shopping list for my craft letters!
I must've done something right.
More likely my husband was being saved from the terrible fate of
accompanying me over the weekend to finish the job.
For the next hour...YES HOUR!!
I dug through the waist-high bin of letters looking for the 25 I needed.
Sounds easy right?
Now I know what it is to suffer for great art (I joke).
It was a bit of a nightmare and eventually I emerged from the dumpster-diving with all 25.
Plus an improvised "9" to be used as an apostrophe.
Hands filthy and feeling a bit sweaty and woozy, I navigated the pillows,
placements and parent-less children littered across the floor to a checkout counter.
Where I paid less than $20 ($18.50 to be exact) for my bounty!
That's 50cents per letter plus $6 for a bottle of craft glue.
I came home, cleaned myself up and laid out the pattern as I wanted to see it.
I wanted a more whimsical look, so the sale letters in various sizes were perfect.
And again (feeling quite proud of myself) I took a photo so I could recreate the look.
The letters and glue were dropped into a bag and stashed in a spare closet for about 6 months.
But never mind that.
I really liked the white-on-white idea and Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint in
Casa Blaca is about as beautiful, clear, modern and gorgeous a white you can get.
So I gave the canvas a quick coat.
It had been sitting in less than idea conditions in the garage and had some sort of
critter paw prints (don't ask) and other unidentifiable markings on it
so the paint covered up all evidence of creeping and crawling garage-dwellers.
Next up, I gave the letters a one-coat Casa Blanca bath as well.
Loving the no sand, no prime, JUST PAINT of Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint!
Anyone who hasn't used it yet...what are you waiting for?! It's amazing stuff!!
I painted the letters with one coat and then shortly after
I used the craft glue to attach to the canvas.
Remember how proud I was of pre-arranging the letters on the
canvas and snapping a photo of the layout?
Well, I was so excited to get it done, I didn't refer to my photo.
I just arranged them as I pleased and got gluing.
I considered a metallic finish or giving it a shine with wax...
but I liked the matt look and think it enhances the 3D effect.
It now hangs on my "Inspiration Wall" in my home's hallway!
$12.50 craft letters
$6 craft glue
$12.95 120ml Tester Jar of Autentico Vintage Chalk Paint
Fabulous factor? Off-the-Charts!
it's all here...for the love....