The following is a re-post from uncommonflock.com, an old blog Sara and I worked on:
Feeling irrationally excited by our first post being accepted to craftgawker, all the girls and I can do is just refresh our pages and hope we’re getting more exposure. Not that we’re getting greedy… we just always want more! So when we received a comment request for our next project, I spent the majority of lunch staring off into space, thinking of how it might be accomplished, and pretty much not hearing anything Sara said to me. Back in the office, I’ve been researching those ideas and more. Today, I present: 13 ways to DIY quotes on canvas or wood!
This is the image Cailin wants to stencil on wood. We’re going to explore a couple different ways it could be accomplished!
Finished product from The Wood Co. Definitely one of my favorites from these designs!
Carrie took her boards, white washed them, and used charcoal paper to make perfect outlines!
Here’s a similar solution from By Wilma.
Wilma used the wide side of chalk to cover the back of her paper, then traced her prints onto the board.
A Beautiful Mess used colorful artwork and a little bit of white paint to create their own quote.
Putting vinyl letters over the art, Elsie added a layer of paint then peeled off the letters, revealing the colorful painting again! For our quote, we could just get different size letters and recreate.
Here’s SourthenBelleSoulMontainBrideHeart creating her own artwork background.
Using magazines, Amy created her own colorful artwork to use as a background. A great alternative if you don’t have any paintings laying around you’re willing to paint over!
YoungHouseLove created an outline using painting tape and a $2 piece of wood.
John covered the wood in tape and used a razor blade to trace his “7”. Removing the outside tape, he painted the wood, the removed the inside tape to leave a negative print.
This was made using stained wood, paint, and painters tape by TheHandmadeHome.
I was so impressed by the ingenuity of this idea – Ashley & Jamin used a projector and transparency paper to create large outlines of the words they wanted. They taped the outlines, and painted around them.
AmericanPrim used stencils, and gives tips on how to line them up.
Stencils will ensure you have crisp letters and be pretty easy. AmericanPrim bought hers from StencilMeIn.
This example from DomesticImperfection isn’t quite as directly related to our goal, but the technique is interesting.
Ashley used a stencil from CuttingEdgeStencils, rolled on some white paint, and stained the wood after. It’d be interesting to paint our words different colors, and apply a wood stain afterwards.
This, from AshleyAnnPhotography, uses cut scrapbooking paper (Amy Butler, I love you).
If you’re thinking you’ll cut a lot of letters and designs, you could buy Silhouette! I know I want one… Just cut out your letters and mod podge them onto the wood. :)
This is another favorite of mine (a lot because I’m just trying to justify using a pallet) from WhipperBerry.
Heather also uses her Silhouette, this time to create a vinyl negative. (See how useful these things are? I need one.) Then she paints inside the stencil and peels it off.
One last Silhouette example from PlumAdorable.
Jenny uses contact paper just like the viynl letters example up top. To achieve the various colored letters, she just painted the background behind where she planned to put her letters.
If we want to completely avoid painting letters, we could try this printing method from SarahsProjects.
Sarah taped tissue paper to printing paper, then printed out her images and mod podged them onto a canvas. They turned out great!
You could also use double sided adhesive to attach the tissue paper to printing paper. Do not melt regular tape in your laser printer, tips instructables user yngla!
Sara has shown an interest in making this, so hopefully she’ll be able to tell you which technique she tried, and how it worked out!