Simple Song Lyric Wall Art

‘I wish the world was flat like the old days then I could travel just by folding a map.  No more airplanes or speed-trains or freeways.  There’d be no distance that could hold us back’ – ‘The New Year’, Death Cab for Cutie

As I’ve just started a new job I’ve had very little time to do anything remotely interesting this week, so I’ve decided to share something that I made a while ago.  I wanted to fill an empty space on my living room wall, but didn’t have the funds to buy something.  Seeing as I had two plain canvases lying around I decided to use them to make some song lyric wall art:

I have to admit that I was once again inspired by a Pinterest find, these pictures, that were seemingly made by attaching wooden letters to a small canvas and then painted over with a neutral colour.  I loved the simplicity of them and the three-dimensional effect that the letters created, so I created my own version.

the finished product.

I couldn’t find wooden letters anywhere, but was able to find flatter, and much larger, cardboard letters (which were all mixed together in a bargain bin and look about 2 hours of searching to find).  I began by laying out the letters to spell out the lyrics and then just glued them on the canvases, waited for the glue to dry, and applied about 5 layers of acrylic paint to get everything to the same shade of white.

the arranged letters.

I am really pleased with the overall effect, although my inferior photos don’t really do it justice.  Such a simple technique really makes a big impression.  I’ve even had a few people thinking that I carved them!

DIY Sharpie Mug

me and my ‘moustache’.

I’m an avid Pinterest user (read: completely obsessed).  While it is a great way to get inspired and to discover new projects I also find that I tend to spend hours pinning great ideas only to forget about them the following day.  However, I am determined that my time spent on Pinterest should not go to waste.  As it is finally summer and uni work is no longer taking up all my time I have decided to actually try a few of these projects.

I’ve been loving the look of the sharpie dishes floating around on Pinterest and also lusting after Urban Outfitters’s Moustache Mugs, so decided to combine the two ideas in order to make my own moustache mug using the Sharpie technique.

I followed the tutorial from A Beautiful Mess which basically calls for drawing on the dish with the Sharpie and then baking in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees  (180 Celsius).  I just printed out a suitable picture of a moustache to use as a template

Here is the finished result:

my finished mug.

Although the finished result is pretty successful (after baking the pen didn’t rub off), I’m still a bit iffy as to whether it will hold up to numerous washes so I have decided to use the mug to hold my makeup brushes where I can avoid washing it all the time.  I’ve since gone out and purchased Marabu Porcelain Painter Pens, which are supposed to be dishwasher safe, and I will definitely be trying this project again in order to make a more heavy-duty mug.

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Hello, I’m Charlie.  I’m completely obsessed with crafts and generally making a mess.  This blog is mainly a place to share my latest projects and other random stuff.