The majority spoke, so I went ahead and hung up my alphabet wall as I planned. I struggled and struggled to get decent photos, but the area is so wide and there’s a pillar in the middle of everything, plus all those weird angles that forced me to get creative in the first place, so here’s the best I could do.
And then I mixed those with some loose wooden letters I painted up, and some framed images I made up of different font alphabets. The tiny letters are just stuck straight to the wall with little sticky glue dots.
I think it looks fantastic and I can’t stop looking at it. I think I’m going to keep my eye open for some more letters, and Anonymous had a great idea of hanging something above the door to help bring it all together, so this will probably continue to grow. The paper mockups are perfect for getting the placement right, but they were so much more visually heavy than what I wanted to hang, so the finished project looks way more subtle than I thought it was going to.
I don’t draw (yet), I don’t really paint, instead I’ve become quite proficient at cheater methods. Here’s how I made the canvases.
Start by painting the entire canvas the color you’d like your letters to be. Then print letters off the computer in the sizes and fonts you’d like to combine together. Use those printouts as patterns to cut contact paper into that shape. Peel the backing off the contact paper and stick down onto the canvas. Rub really thoroughly to get a good firm stick.
Right over the top of your contact paper, paint the color you’d like your canvas background to be.
Peel off your contact paper masks, and there you go. Something that looks like a screenprinting, so easy that anyone can do it.
I don’t plan on having any of these in the shop as of now. I’m a little bit nervous about how things are going to sell since my etsy shop has been so neglected for so long. So if this is something that interests you, you’ll have to drop me a line and I’ll whip something up before the 30th.