Monday, 21 May 2012

Subway Art

Have you seen the Subway Art that is floating all around these days? I really like the looks of it so thought it would complement our gallery wall and give it just the right finishing touch.
I found a suitable board in our wood shed and had DP cut it to the size I thought would fit the space. I then painted it with DecoArt Crafters Acrylic Black paint. 

I printed out the names of a few cities and towns where we live close to, have visited and where relatives live. I used a couple different fonts in Microsoft Word. My original thought was to transfer the wording and then paint them. I tried this on Vancouver and Sydney, but wasn't happy with the results so I began cutting all the letters out to make my own stencils. This was A LOT of work (and sore hands from using kids scissors!) but the results were worth it. I just realized that I didn't take any photos of the stenciling - sorry! I used the same method on the Growth Chart if you would like to see how it was done.

After the stencils were ready, I taped them to the board and proceeded to paint them with DecoArt Crafters Acrylic Light Antique White. Once dry I carefully removed the stencil. There were a few places where I had applied a bit too much paint so I had to use the black paint to do a few touch ups. 

I wanted to have a rough looking border so I painted the side of a ruler and pressed down on the board, dragging the ruler slightly. I also put a couple of lines through some of the wording for a different effect.

I did a light sanding, wiped the entire surface with a cloth and then applied DecoArt Glazing Medium. 

I am super happy with the result - just wish I had of included more places of where we have been!


  1. Another beauty, Wendy!

    The border around the artwork adds the perfect finishing touch. This totally looks like something you could buy at Winners and HomeSense tomorrow!

  2. Hi Wendy! I had no idea you started a blog until I just saw it on pinterest! Love your style, and I will be repining! I look forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve. See you later, and say hi to Egg for me. :)


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