If you read my post on Thursday, you saw the Encouragements that my daughter, Tabitha, and I made. Inspired by the book, The Fault in Our Stars, we wanted art with encouraging sayings to hang in our townhouse that we plan to rent out as a furnished executive/vacation rental. I wanted to share the easy steps with you so you can make your own encouragements if you’d like. The supplies you’ll need:
- Black paper
- Black frame (we used Ikea’s Ribba frame without its mat)
- White chalk pen (we used this one)
- White graphite paper (like this)
We started by picking a quote that we liked and laying it out in PicMonkey, a free photo editing service. Once we had our quotes like me wanted them, we printed them out. On our work surface, we layered our papers as follows:
- Black paper first
- White graphite paper (with graphite side down) next
- Printed-out quote on top
We taped them all together with painters tape to keep it from shifting.
Then we traced the text with a pencil. That left the a faint white outline of the text on the black paper. Using the white chalk marker, we traced over the outline and added details like the stripes in the “CREATE” font & the corner embellishments below. Lastly, we framed our Encouragements.
This one makes me think of my husband, Jimmy. He’s known for his affection for bacon and has a collection of bacon t-shirts, which say things such as “Make Bacon, Not War,” “Got Bacon?”, “You had me a Bacon”, etc. He’s been traveling a lot for work lately, so I decided to hang this homage to him in our Kitchen instead of hanging it in the townhouse. It makes me think of him and smile when I see it.
That’s what these Encouragements should do– they should make you giggle or feel less stressed or more encouraged. I “encourage” you to find a quote that will brighten your day and try out this very easy method of creating art.