This tutorial can really go a long way...
you can adapt and change and use it for a variety of methods, such as; instead of drawing hearts, you can draw other shapes, like polka dots :) Or you could stencil in some shapes (can be found in the wood painting section at your craft store, or you can go HERE for a tutorial to make your own stencils)
Either Way, HAVE fun with this!
I have to start off by saying that I really got the idea and inspiration for this from Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo, she is so creative and so inspiring! If you haven't read her blog, you should really take a look! Naturally I am also super inspired by Jenn at Tatertots and Jello, which is where I saw Subway Art for the first time I am sure.
This subway art is a blast to makeI really hope that a lot of you take some time to make one. This project has a particular way of letting your own creativity shine. Even people who don't think they are creative will be surprised with themselves. I am a really cheesy Valentine lover at heart, which is where I got all my inspiration for the wording. I just thought of all the cheesy things I would want to say to my husband and this is what I came up with!
Hope you enjoy and please stop by my blog and say hi! I would love more followers! :)
VALENTINE SUBWAY ART TUTORIAL:
- Paint. I used Ceramcoat and Americana paints, in the following colors repsectively; charcoal, opaque red, pop pink, fuschia, fushcia pearl, think pink, rooster red and santa red (americana). Ideally you want 5 colors minimum. A base color, 3 block colors, a stencil/shape color and a overlay color.
- A thin hardboard canvas at 11 x 14 inches. Usually they come in packs of 3. You can get them at walmart and at Michaels, as well as the dollar store (though they only have smaller sizes)
- Painters Tape (mine is about 1.5 inches wide, and it is green from Walmart.
- Sanding Block/Paper, not too rough
- Paint brushes, foams about 5 or one for each color
- Words. I used my own design in black vinyl lettering that I cut out with my silhouette. Though you can use regular paper and a printer too.
- an open back frame, size 11 x 14
- acrylic spray sealer
- a pencil or stencils of your choice
- plastic bowl
1. Paint your hardboard your chosen base color. I would suggest a lighter color if you plan on using darker lettering, or a darker color if you use lighter lettering. Paint on at least 3 coats, the less you paint, the more the canvas will show through when you sand, this is all a personal choice. I find that the canvas showing through a little makes the end result a little more antique looking, which I like.
2. After the base is dry, place your painters tape into whatever shapes you would like. I like squares and rectangles, though I have seen some sweet triangles. Paint each open spot one of your block colors, as I have at least 6 to 9 shapes, I use the same 3 colors, 2 or 3 times. Paint at least 3 coats again, enough to coat it evenly and well. Let dry and pull off the painters tape. NOTE: If using darker lettering, make sure your blocks aren't too dark, and vice versa with lighter lettering... it doesn't turn out so well! I know it looks a little scary right now, and thats normal! I think that about EVERY subway art I make like this... just keep going!
10. Place your finished piece of art in a nice open back frame and hang on your wall/ put on your shelf. Voila! Congrats! I bet it looks better than you thought it would! :)
Thanks for looking everyone! I had a great time.