Moving on. Some of you have asked, "Where do you come up with this stuff?" I'm a copycat. I'll see something and with Nick's help figure out how to make it with a touch of my own flare. This project's inspiration was pulled from May's House Beautiful along with several variations popping up on Etsy.
You can buy this here & it has the option to make a custom one.
I like to think that you guys are checking my blog religiously so here's the moment you've all been waiting for - the BIG REVEAL!
Head to Michaels and bring the list below to purchase the nuts and bolts:
24 x 48 inch primed canvas. $14.99 w/ coupon
2" inch stencils. $1.99 on Clearance
3" inch stencils. $0.99 on Clearance
4" inch stencils. $1.99 on Clearance
Jar of black acrylic paint. $5.99 w/ coupon
Tube of acrylic paint (color: titan buff). $8.99 w/ coupon
A spool of ribbon. $0.99
Grand Total: $35.93 vs. $295 price tag online
*Michaels always seems to have a 40% coupon on a full price item
Here we go!
It only took one coat
Make a List, Check it Twice.
We created a list of every place Nick and I lived starting from birth until now. This is where you can get a little creative (i.e. instead of Cincinnati, we used the Queen City). This helps to switch it up. From there we taped together a paper "canvas" so we could see the spacing and make adjustments. This step is critical, I repeat critical.
We were working three different sizes of stencils so in some cases where we thought we'd use a 4" inch stencil, we had to swap for a 3" inch because there wasn't enough room. (As you can see with the Excelsior mishap below).
Paint & Patience.
Once you have your rough draft, it's time to paint. We created a system: I held the stencil, Nick would paint then we would wipe off the stencil and use the hair dryer to dry the letter. This is a one letter at a time project.
The ribbon is used as a guide
Note: a sunny day, a big pitcher of lemonade, an iPod and a heap of patience are also necessities! Unfortunately, those you can't buy at Michaels at 40% off... :)
Slow and Steady
Note: As you work your way down you'll want to continue to re-measure to make sure the spacing is still accurate. The last thing you want to do is have your final city "smushed" at the bottom.
Hairdryer - hot for a few then switch to cool.
I'm not sure how many hours we spent on this project. It was a lot. We were able to complete half in one weekend and then moved our work station into our garage and finished the final cities over the course of a few evenings this week.
Final steps are finding the perfect spot for your new artwork, attaching brackets to the back and hanging.
One more look.
Nick and I both agree that this is our favorite project that we've done. It is so personal and it looks awesome in person.
If you want one of your own but don't want to put in the hours there are several spots online to get a custom one made. No I'm not starting this as my business so go here.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! Go out and make something folks!