There are a million different ways to go about creating this. You can use the same method I used for my framed Christmas art or you can do it the way I did my Christmas canvas. If you have one of those vinyl cutting machines, you could use that, too. You could, also, just stencil it with a store bought stencil. I'm all about cheap and using what I have at home, which is what I did.
I had this idea for awhile, but wasn't sure how I wanted to go about making it. One evening after Christmas I got antsy and restless and wanted to work on something, so I figured I would dive right in with no plan...which is how I do most things.
All I knew was that I wanted the background black and the letters white. I also, thought, painting the background and then doing the letters on top of that would take forever to properly get that "white" I'd want without streaks, so I had to figure out a way to create my own stencil with what I had at home.
I knew I wanted each letter to take up a normal size of paper printed "portrait". We aren't the best of friends with our printer lately, so I just made my letters in photoshop, zoomed in until they were the size I wanted and traced them right off my monitor onto my paper. If you do this method...be VERY careful with your monitor. I used a dull pencil and just outlined it very lightly, then darkened it after.
My mom had given me some vinyl, so I decided to trace the letters onto the vinyl. If I did this again, I would actually outline the letters in a sharpie first, since it was very hard to see through the vinyl and the printing on the backer.
Then I cut each letter out...
I used a 24"x24" canvas. I measured to where the middle was, so I knew where I wanted to put the "a". I did not do a good job at keeping the "a" in the right spot, because you will see...my "eat" is not center.
Then I peeled my letters and attempted to stick them to the vinyl. This is when I knew my project wasn't going to go as smooth as I planned. The vinyl did not want to stick to the canvas.
I decided to give 'er anyways and hope for the best. While holding down the letters, I painted my canvas black.
Then I peeled off the letters...
Of course, this happened...in more than one place...
So I just used some white paint, patience and a very small brush to fix up the edges and then filled in the rest of the letter with the white.
And because I drink coffee while doing these things, I then had to go back over the black edges with patience and a small brush.
Then I let it dry and put it up...
I absolutely love it!
Just don't look too close to the details around the letters.
The best part is, this only took one evening and now I have the vinyl letters for another project. I'm making my sister one, but hers is going to look totally different. I'll show you when I'm done.
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