Monday, August 27, 2012

"Marry Me" Wall Art/Frame

They're Engaged!

Scott popped the question
and Rachel said "Yes"
(actually she didn't hear the question
because she started to cry when she saw him
on his knee with a ring!)

I'll make sure she knows
with the "marry me" text
on the engagement gift
that I am making for them.

Rachel can hang it in her apartment
along with all of her

I tried a couple of new things
in this tutorial...
homemade chalk paint
ink jet letter transfer.
I am not your "go to" girl on either of these.
I'm a newbie at both.
So I still have a lot to learn.

I used 3/8" plywood cut 20" x 20"

I painted the back and sides black.
The top side got a mix of Black and Burnt orange.

My white homemade chalk paint seemed a little thick
but after it dried and I sanded it,
this was the look I was going for.
(painting white over the black/orange)

I added black to all of the edges using the side of my flat brush.

Now for the fun part...
thinking up "wedding words"
and love sentiment!

Have you noticed that women love their husbands
in our blogland circle?
I have.
Love that!
Just sayin.

So I laid out the lettering in Photoshop
using two bolder fonts,
Action of the Times

Then you need to make sure to flip the canvas
before you print.
This technique works with an inkjet printer.

Center on board.
Work in 3-4" square sections.
Having only a slight amount of water on your brush,
wipe over lettering,
then immediately rub the area with the side of a marker
or something similar for pressure.

That will leave a faded layout lettering pattern.

Then using a variety of sizes of flat brushes,
paint over the lettering.
That probably took an hour.

Then sand and run a white dry brush over lettering.

I painted the frame black and then sanded
and spray sealed both the board and frame.

Measuring in on the sides of the back
I anchored the frame to the board with two screws.
The screws can just be backed out to change pictures.

Ta Da!
Time to Celebrate their Engagement!

Weathered expressions
that never get old.

Linking to: 

Monday:       Craftomaniac
                     DIY Showoff
                     Between Naps on the Porch

Tuesday:      Home Stories A to Z
                    Coastal Charm
                     My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
                    Elizabeth and Co.

Wednesday:  Savvy Southern Style

Thursday:     The 36th Avenue
                     The Shabby Creek Cottage
                     Beyond the Picket Fence
                     Embracing Change
                     Stone Gable

Friday:          At the Picket Fence
                    The Shabby Nest

Saturday:     Funky Junk Interiors


Twice Nice said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful memento of a special moment! I always learn so much from your tutorials. I have been wondering about the laser printer technique. Looks easy when you do it!

Lynda said...

Amazing frame! Love the fonts...I need to purchase some wood! Thanks for the instructions. from BNOTFP

Heidi Lisa said...

Oh Deb I love it! Can I come and stay at your house to paint for a day or two...or maybe a week or two.... :o)

castfam said...

Congrats, Deb! So happy for you and your family! As always, your work amazes me!

20 North Ora said...

Deb - I LOVE your projects. I too, am a painter. I always look forward to your new items. Come visit sometime.


Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful! It looks great, and I am happy for them! Thanks for the instructions. I definitely want to make something like this now!

Infuse With Liz said...

Oh my that turned out so nice! What a terrific gift for them! You obviously have some natural artistic abilities!
Your finish technique turned out perfect!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Very sweet momento! Nicely done!

Stacey said...

That is so very beautiful! I just love what you created!
Thanks for linking up!
Stacey of Embracing Change