I'm sure you've seen this done before. So did I! That's why I made it. I like the look of the quotation art that's on everyone else's wall and I wanted some too! Now that I have it, I'm not so sure it was the right way to go. A small quotation piece looks cute along with a variety of other art all hung together. A ginormous quotation piece just looks like it's missing something. Oh well, here it is anyway:
Here's how I did it. I started with this large painting (I use that term loosely, it is printed on a thin board) that I got at a church rummage sale for $3.
The frame was pretty awful, so I started with that. First I cleaned it, and the entire picture, with wet rags.
Then I primed the frame.
Then I painted a couple of coats of dark grey on the frame, an improvement from the weird gold marbleized pattern that had been there originally.
Next I chose my fonts and cut my REM quote out of contact paper. Some bad choices were made here, as well. First of all, my quote is so long that I had to use a smaller font to fit it all. I think it would have looked nicer with more of the painting showing through, so a shorter quote with larger font would have looked better. Also, clear contact paper was not the best idea. Try placing your quote on a picture when you can't see the letter you are placing clearly, let alone the ones you've already stuck to the picture! Anyway, that's how I did it but I suggest you not follow my example! Here's the mess that was left over after cutting all the letters out:
I then used painters tape to hopefully keep the lines even and level.
I placed the letters (which still had their backing on so you can see them) in order to get a feeling on how well they fit. Then I went on to the painful process of trying to stick my letters to the picture in a somewhat straight manner (with dubious success). I'd show you a picture of this, but you can't see the letters so it would not look like much! I peeled off the painters tape and covered the entire thing with two quick coats of a very light yellow I had on hand. I was worried about how it would look when I peeled off the letters, but they were relatively un-smudged and the contact paper was very easy to remove.
I had to do some touch-up of the frame, and then finally hung it on the wall! It's nice to have up there, but I feel like maybe I should add something to the bottom left corner. What do you think?
|Here it is again, a little wonky but finished!|