Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY $7 Handlettered Quote Canvas

Kevin and I have a shared Pinterest board called "KDS & ALR" (how cute are we?) and we're totally not afraid to admit it. When we moved into our house and realized we quickly needed to fill 5 empty rooms, the easiest way for me to get him to visualize my thoughts was to find similar images and pin them to our board. 

So maybe he took it a little far and turned it into a "total man cave/vinyl player table/make-everything-out-of-recycled-pallet-wood" board, but I can't say I blame him. The magic of Pinterest powers suck you in. Every. Single. Time. WHYYYY?!






So far, styling our Master Bedroom has been my favorite. It just has all those homey intimate feels; extra pillows, a chaise lounge, soft colors, perfect lighting, the dogs ginormous crate... okay, maybe not that last one. But when I saw this pin I knew I wanted to wake up every morning staring right at it.

I mean, c'mon, who doesn't want to stay snuggled in bed all day?? Let's stay home.


Via: Visual Pixie on Etsy

I could have easily bought this printout (it's like $7) but I always seem to take the hard way. Yes, I still would have had to buy a frame for it and pay for the printing at Staples since it's an instant download. And yes, it probably was easier this way but I just find more joy in making things myself. Plus, I didn't want it as a focal piece, just an accent.

Commence the crafting. Keep reading to find out how I made a DIY Handlettered Canvas for $7.



DIY Handlettered Canvas Sign for $7





Start out by gathering your materials. I had a few things on hand but purchased the canvas, sharpie pen, brushes and paint all from Michaels.

For my quotes, I love to use the Fonts tool on Web Tool Hub. They have a TON of font options (way more than Microsoft Word does) and with a little time, you can usually find something that closely resembles your inspiration. 





On the Web Tool Hub site, find your desired font and click the 'Download' button on the right-hand side.





Once you click 'Download', click the 'Custom Preview' button.




You'll see the sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" in the box that says 'Enter Custom Text'. Delete that and type in your desired word(s). Select your font size and color. Remember, you can adjust the size in Microsoft Word so it doesn't need to be huge. I usually use size 60pt and leave the text black since it's just a guide anyway. 

Note: If you want to mix fonts, you'll need to repeat this step for every different font you have. 

Using the Snipping Tool (available on most Window's computers), snip your word(s) from the custom preview area and paste into Microsoft Word.

Here you can adjust the size, rotation angle and layout for your canvas. Since I used a 16" x 20" canvas, I printed one word on each page.




Print out your quote onto regular computer paper (I used 8 1/2" x 11") and trim the paper around your chosen words. Then, position the words (printed side up) onto your canvas to ensure the whole quote will fit.






With your pencil, shade over all the words on the backside of the computer paper. Make sure your entire word is covered including apostrophes, dots on "i", crosses on "t", etc. You don't need to fill the whole paper and don't need to color it so it's black, but enough so it's mostly covered.

I suggest doing this part on a hard surface, not on the canvas, as you don't want stray pencil lines on it. I just used a thick book I had on the coffee table.





Flip your computer paper back over so that the printed side is up and gently place your words as you want them to appear on your canvas. If you'd like, tape the printouts to the canvas using some of the painters tape to ensure they won't move as you begin writing.

Start tracing over the letters using your pencil. You'll want to push pretty hard as you trace because you're transferring the pencil lead from the back of the paper where you shaded onto the canvas. I find it easier if I trace the outline of the letters instead of a line in the middle of the letters because my words end up looking like an actual font instead of my own handwriting.





Remove the printer paper to reveal your quote in pencil on the canvas. It should be light enough so you can erase it without leaving marks (which you probably won't need to do) but dark enough to see it to trace over with the oil-based Sharpie pen.





Begin tracing over your pencil lines with the Sharpie pen being careful to not go outside the lines. You want your lines as straight as possible and filed in to resemble the font you chose.

Note: The Sharpie paint pen dries fairly quickly but if you are left handed it might be a bit of a slower process to avoid smearing.

Allow the letters to fully dry before moving to the next step.




Next, begin working on your border. There are two options for this;

1) Use a ruler and mark evenly where you want the border to be, then apply painters tape at markings, or;
2) Use the width of the painters tape to measure for you.

I used the second method. 

Place the painters tape along all 4 edges of your canvas. It's okay if it overlaps onto the sides because this tape will eventually be removed.





With the first layer of tape still on, tape another line along all 4 edges again. This time, you'll need to cut the tape at the ends because you want it to be a sharp corner. 

Gently press on the 2nd row of tape (closest to the words) so they adhere more. Carefully peel off the outside layer of tape and discard, leaving an exposed canvas border.




Squirt some of your Bright Gold craft smart paint onto a disposable paper plate (or a paint palette if you have one) and begin painting the exposed canvas border with your foam brush. Start out with a light coat and gradually add more. Don't forget to paint the sides of the canvas too.

After applying two coats, my border ended up with an almost woody, grain-like texture due to the foam brush technique. I absolutely loved it, but if you want more of a smooth finish add additional coats.

Once it completely dries, remove the remaining painters tape and hold your breath ... 




.... for the final reveal! 





I hung our canvas on a wall in our bedroom using a simple clear thumbtack and could not be happier with how it looks. The lines are crisp, the words are centered and most importantly, it's unique because I made it! 

It's a subtle reminder that we don't always have to be on the go and sometimes it's nice to just stay home.




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DIY Handlettered Quote Canvas



Materials 


1 16" x 20" Canvas
Printed Quote
#2 Pencil 
Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen in Black (Medium Point)
Painters Tape (.94in wide)
Foam Paintbrush
Paper Plate
craft smart Metallic Paint in Bright Gold


Instructions


Start out by selecting a desired font for your quote and adjust the size/layout in Microsoft Word. 

Print out your words onto regular computer paper (I used 8 1/2" x 11") and trim the paper around your chosen words. Then, position the words (printed side up) onto your canvas to ensure the whole quote will fit. 

Using your #2 pencil, shade over the words on the backside of the computer paper. Make sure your entire quote is covered including apostrophes, dots on "i", etc. 

Flip your computer paper back over so that the printed side is up and gently place your words as you want them to appear on your canvas. Tape them onto the canvas using some of the painters tape.


Pushing hard, start tracing over the letters using your pencil. 

Once you've traced all the words, remove the printer paper to reveal your quote in pencil on the canvas. 

Begin tracing over your pencil lines with the Sharpie pen. Allow to dry.

Place the painters tape along all 4 edges of your canvas. With the first layer of tape still on, tape another line along all 4 edges again. Cut the tape at the ends to make a sharp corner. 

Press on the 2nd row of tape (closest to the words) so they adhere to the canvas then carefully peel off the outside layer of tape and discard, leaving an exposed canvas border.

Paint the Bright Gold craft smart paint onto the exposed canvas border (including the sides) with your foam brush. Apply two coats or more if you feel necessary.

Allow to completely dry overnight and display in desired location. 


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Total Project Cost: ~$7
$10 for all 5 canvases (regularly $19.99, but with 50% off coupon at Michaels), $1.49 Paint, $0.49 Foam Paintbrush, $2.25 Sharpie Pen (regularly $4.49, but with 50% off coupon at Michaels)  




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My Materials

Paint; Craftsmart │ Foam Brush; ArtMinds │ Canvas; Artist Loft 
Paint Pen; Sharpie Painters Tape; Duck Brand


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I hope that this tutorial will help you learn how to make a sign of your own! The pencil transfer technique can be applied to all sorts of light colored surfaces (canvas, paper, white wood, etc). For dark surfaces, I shade the back of the paper with white chalk instead of pencil and trace the letters just like I did for this canvas sign. I plan on using one of the other canvases that came in the 5-pack for a fun sign in our guest bathroom. I can't wait to show you!