Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Camper Wall Art

I had a lot of fun with this month's Cent-Sational Salvage Challenge! I have been wanting to make a sign for awhile, but wanted it to be more than just a canvas. For the month of June you could use whatever you wanted! Previously we had been assigned a product to creatively "upcycle".

This months trip to the Habitat Restore was a little disappointing. They did not have much at all. I had intentions of using something a little more "unique" for the challenge. Turns out, I'm really glad with what I found and how it turned out! But my son was a little sad when he saw what I was doing to the fish...

Last month I was able to recruit my mom for helping me with my project. This month the only "help" I received was from my 3 year old son. Needless to say, this should have been a really fast project, but ended up taking almost the whole day. Haha... This was what I started out with. A beautiful and inspirational piece of $5 art. While it really isn't absolutely terrible, it didn't really go with my current camper decor. "Never just go with the flow, Always desire to be more."

The potential is just jumping off of this nautical wooden sign! I took her outside and went to work. Living in a camping trailer has many perks. One of them is not the fact that I am limited on space to store hand tools and supplies. So instead of using a hand sander, I armed myself with a single piece of sand paper and began sanding! And sanding.... And yet more sanding...

I was really surprised with how long it took. But the good news is that there was apparently 500 coats of white paint underneath only a few coats of the blues and greens, which meant I didn't have to paint it white! Score... After a quick wipe with a damp paper towel, a very soft and white blank canvas!

My next step was to decide on a quote, and then type and print it out. I'm really loving mixing fonts these days. I also printed out some flowers to play around with as borders.

I used a mechanical pencil to scribble/shade on the back of what I printed, around the letters.

I cut out each line so that I could make sure the spacing looked right, and used a little tape to hold them in place. Using the same pencil, I traced around the edges of the ink for each and every letter. This took about as long as it takes to watch Toy Story. True story...

TIP: Leave the paper taped down and carefully check to make sure you outlined ALL of the letters before completely removing it! Once you have done that, go over your pencil marks with a permanent marker. Isn't it looking cute?!

The final step is to paint in the letters. I also added a floral design to the top and bottom using the same technique as the lettering. The only difference is that I free handed it instead of using a printed font. I'm really in love with this sign! Now to only find a permanent place to hang it...

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  1. Adorable and great job! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  2. This is so cute! I would love to do something like this for my bathroom.

  3. So cute, Adreanna. It might have taken a long time with your sons help but I'll bet he will never forget it so that makes it worth the effort!

  4. Where did you find these flowers? I love them!!