I love typography art and I also love a great DIY Knock Off.
Ever since I absolutely fell in love with this creation by Virginia at LiveLoveDIY, I knew I just had to “do” an ampersand art piece.
I love her idea of a simple white background and a design created with only thumbtacks. Brilliant! And one day I may borrow this idea for a piece of my own. A monogram perhaps. We will see.
Then last fall, I received a home decor flyer from one of Canada’s biggest and most iconic retailers, the Hudson’s Bay Company. There on page 3, just inside the cover was this great, mid-century modern inspired room. As a furniture painter, I was immediately drawn to the chest of drawers with different stains and THEN, I saw the ampersand print. (Note: there are NO AFFILIATE links in this post… just the facts!)
Again, I loved the simplicity of it. However, when I saw the price in “the fine print”… $130! on sale from $260! My mind said
“Hmm… I think I could make this with my Silhouette Cameo and a cheapo dollar store canvas!”
I stashed the flyer on my desk but the plan was always in the back of my mind.
I found the exact font on Google and some time ago, I picked up some black and white wrapping paper I thought would make a great pattern.
I didn’t get to this project until I was struck down with bronchitis a couple of weeks ago. Bored out of my mind and not able to do anything too “busy”, I decided to tackle the project.
I loaded and sized the ampersand font in PhotoShop, saved it, then imported the file to the Silhouette software. I tried to cut out the black and white wrapping paper only to find it was just too thin. You see, I am a newbie Silhouette user who, if I continue to screw up like this, will need a new mat.
Next, I checked out my stash of scrap book paper. Why I have this stash is beyond me. For years, I thought I would try scrap booking and 10 year later… not a single page. Regardless, I did not find a suitable monotone paper but I did find paper in my favourite colours. Colours that made me think about spring!
The first paper, I ruined because like I said I am a newbie Silhouette user and I have the settings wrong.
Next page was MAGIC!! and gorgeous!
Using Mod Podge, I glued it into place. Easy Sm-easy!
For the label, I picked a nice simple font and, similar to the stencils I used for my glass etching gifts, I created a stencil out of cheapo dollar store contact paper.
First, I painted over the stencil with Mod Podge to seal the edges before applying the paint. This step is IMPERATIVE to have crisp edges with no seeping. Mod Podge dries very quickly so I was able to start to paint the letters. I was thrilled to find I had the perfect green in my stash of craft paint.
I was SO PUMPED with the outcome. Even with the mistakes, it took me about 2 hours of elapsed time!
So let’s re-cap the costs incurred:
- 12 x 16 canvas from Dollarama $2.00
- scrap book paper $0.00
- craft paint $0.00
So if I bought the print on sale for $130,
I guess I saved $128
AND I think mine is more fun!
Do you love it as much as I do?
I am thinking of doing a “set” of labelled symbols and putting them in the main / guest bathroom, a room in need of some colour!
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