Poetry (or Song Lyric or Random Words) Wall Art
This project is inspired by this one from A Beautiful Mess. Art is so much fun to put on walls, and it really is too freaking awesome to have someone compliment it and ask if you bought it in the apartment section of some hip store. (Your answer should always be something along the lines of “oh this? Lol it only took me a few hours, I was just bored!” for maximum impressiveness). Being a relatively crafty person, I had everything needed for this project just lying around, so it was FREE. FREE. Had to say it twice because in my book, thriftiness is next to Godliness. Wanna make one? I thought so!
– small canvas
– old map
– white acrylic paint
– mod podge
– alphabet template/stencils (I didn’t have any, so I used this)
– matte paper Mod Podge (which is basically really rad craft glue/sealant that dries clear quickly)
First, paint your canvas (and sides if you’re using a thick one like I did) white. It may seem unnecessary, but if you don’t you’ll realize the canvas may look a little unfinished without it. Feel free to use another color if that’s your thang.
Next, decide what words you’ll be using. I went for the e.e. cummings poem “r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r” because I just love how silly it is. Cut out the letters you’ll be using from the stencil sheet and tape them to the map.
Cut every letter out and then set them up on the canvas
Using the Mod Podge, one at a time carefully cover the back of each letter and then paste it onto the canvas, making sure to paint a thin layer over the top of the letter to smooth it down.
Next, cut long strips of the map to cover every side of the map to make it look more put together and neat. Paint a thin layer over the top of the strips to smooth it down. Don’t be afraid to really use your fingers here!
Finally, touch up the white paint in any areas that have begun to look messy due to excessive touching/Mod Podge squishing. And you’re done! Woo!