Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Subway Art - Grey and Black

    There's something about the text that rambles across the page.
  Words can be expressive in a phrase
or stand on their own
to create a statement
with Subway Art.

Both of these pieces use Lee Brice Lyrics.
One is done white on Black.
The other is White on Grey.

After laying out the text in Photoshop,
I sent the jpeg to Staples and had an egineering print made.
Cheri has a great tutorial on the specifics for this.

When ordering an engineering print your design can only be done
in black and white values.
You can create a grey background by using your mixer brush in photoshop.
Pick a rough round bristle brush in photoshop and loosen the spacing.
Brush white across black background.
This creates a distressed, washed out look.
As you work over the entire surface, the black will appear lighter.
You might need to add black back on top of white brush strokes to smooth.

When you receive your engineering print,
it will be much lighter in weight than poster paper.

I actually pressed the back very lightly with a low iron.

I built the box frame from MDF (about $13 for a 4' x 8' sheet)
and wood scraps for the sides.

So here you see the text print
and the MDF box frame.
I painted all of the edges white for my grey poster.
I painted the edges black for the black poster.

Next, center your poster over the frame.
Keep your hand in the center of the poster
and begin there to spray glue onto the wood
gradually working your way out to the edges.
Spray glue and Press paper.
Keep repeating until entirely secure
all the way to edges.

Let dry.
I used a blow dryer and it was ready to go
within the hour.

Then hand sand all of the edges and even the paper
where you would like a more worn look.

Here is what the box frame looks like on back:

This is an inexpensive project.
It was less than $10 but gives
a big impact.
This poster art measures 16" x 24".


It's fun to find a personal text
that you love
Express Yourself
Subway Art.

Lee Brice Lyrics for personal use only.

Thanks for visiting!  Look for more colors in Subway art here soon.
I always enjoy hearing from you

1 comment:

Grammy45 said...

Do you think this could be put straight onto a wall surface?? How would you seal it? Or would you need to?