Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Dreamy-- "Gold" Studded Word Art

Well, I don't know if any of you read my post last Friday, where I shared some ideas for word art I've found recently via Pinterest.  I was particularly inspired to try some thumb tack art inspired by Elizabeth at "Things Bright", so today I gave it a shot!

Yesterday, my mom and dad had to leave to go back to America. : ( It was pretty emotional, but then I painted some stuff teal TEALTASTIC, including these two cheapo canvases. Is "comfort painting things teal" a thing?  Because it should be.  Forget comfort eating, you guys.  Painting stuff teal is where it's at. 

Here's what I used:
  • 2 x 10"x12" canvases (£3.99 each)
  • 1 x pack of 360 drawing pins/thumb tacks (£1)
  • 1/2 tester pot of "Tealtastic" paint (already had, but it was only £1)
 Here's what I did:
1. 2 coats of paint on the canvases (yesterday)
2. Taped a piece of cardboard to the back of the canvas to give the thumbtacks something more to "grip"
2. Drew the words onto a piece of paper.
3. I put the paper on top of the canvas and lightly traced over the letters a few times, until the word was barely visible on the canvas like this...
4. Pinned, and pinned, and pinned some more until I was all done!

 I followed the basic advice given on the tutorial over at Things Bright, but then I also decided I wanted to give my thumb tack art a gold "studded" look....Think "Chesterfield sofas on canvas"....

So, £9, one nap time,  and 360 thumb tacks later, I had two pretty good looking pieces of word art!

First: In case you were wondering, it says "dream".  Just thought I should clarify, since Jim looked at it and went... "What does it say? Is that an 'S'?" If you can't read it either....I'm just gonna call it abstract art and move on.

Second: I know what you are thinking.  Her studded lines are really crooked.  I know, I know.  I suck. Listen, I decided I wanted them studded at the last minute. I went all crazy on the first canvas, and I did it without measuring.  There are "lines" in a canvas that you can follow, right? WRONG! On the plus side, I also did one that says "sleep", and the studded lines on that one turned out much better (promise!), but I forgot to take a picture.  You'll have to take my word for it. I may redo the line on the right before I hang it, but my thumbs are sore... (Did I mention I used all THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THUMBTACKS for both canvases?) So, for now it will just have to do.

In the mean time, if you squint a little, maybe the crooked lines won't bother you as much....

That's a little better, right?!

Another confession...in order to take the pictures, I just set up a little display on Elijah's window sill.  I'm playing with the idea of painting the whole house Aqua and/or Teal  an Aqua, Teal, and Gold guest room, and I wanted to see how I liked the colours together.  The verdict is, I love it. (Duh.)  Now, if only I had about 24 more hours in each day, and the energy of a room full of kindergartners amped up on kool aid and avoiding nap time, then I would be able to actually paint a whole room in the house.

All joking and self deprecation aside, I'd say the end result is pretty dreamy.....crooked lines and all.

Do you guys do "word art"?  What sort of things have you created?

I am link partying over at, Hookin Up with HOH, Tasteful Tuesdays and View Along the Way for the Ditto DIY challenge....head on over to check out some other great projects!


  1. Beth,

    Thanks for stopping back and letting me know you made it! I knew it was dream as soon as I saw it - so great! And your border idea is sweet, too. I have enough brown in my house, but now that I've seen your Chesterfield idea, I'm thinking a rich brown painted canvas with that could look either really lux or really cheeky depending on the word picked and room setting it was in -and either would be really cool.

    Will check out your blog. Your house sounds fab!

    1. Thanks! So glad you stopped by, and thanks again for the inspiration! :)

  2. GRAND applause! OH MY GOODNESS! Love it. Seriously.

    1. Thanks! That means a lot coming from someone with such fabulous taste! ;)

  3. WOW!! This is SO, SO fabulous! I love the sparkle of the gold on that gorgeous teal. Thanks for linking up this gorgeousness to Ditto DIY!


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