Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It's Never Too Early To Introduce Thoreau To Your Toddler

We have mentioned our love for all things Pinterest in previous posts which you can read about here. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that this art project I decided to undertake was directly inspired from a Pin I saw on Pinterest. It was a simple project that could easily be complete in an afternoon.

I started by heading out to Michael's with my trusty Michael's coupon app on my phone which saves me 40% on one item and 20% on my entire purchase. I picked up some craft smart craft paint for only $0.69 each in various shades of green and a bright yellow. I already had a metallic green paint that I had picked up some months ago.

I wanted to paint the greens in a gradient and then reverse it. This was a slight variation on the original Pin from Pinterest. Did I mention that this is a quote from Henry David Thoreau? That guy writes the best stuff. ;)
Anyway, I separated the lines by about 2" and used a ruler to draw a faint pencil line to help keep me in check.

The only other purchase I made for this project (also from Michael's) were these stencils. One package for $5.99 contained 1" and 3/4" letters in both capital and lower case. Plus I was able to use my 40% off coupon on that item. I already had canvas and paint brushes.

I then just went to town painting my letters. I didn't care too much if the paint went out of the 'lines' of the stencil as long as the letter was still readable. I think this adds character and makes it unique. Even though I am basically copying the design from Pinterest, I don't mind it looking like the homemade project that it is.

Here is the finished product. The only thing I would do differently is try to draw an even fainter pencil line. I was unable to get all of it off and in some spots you can still see it. Oh well, I still love it and can't wait to hang it in Atticus' bedroom.

What projects have you done or have been inspired from Pinterest? 

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