I love typography and seeing many words, numbers and letters come together with different fonts to form art. When I saw the Typography Anniversary Art from Table and Hearth I fell in love with it. I love her site BTW you must check it out.
I really wanted to make it my goal this week to get two posts out in a week, unfortunately I barely made it. Working full time during the day and other life events makes it difficult to stay on top of my posts at times. Plus Murphy’s Law that kicked in when I was attempting to get this post done didn’t help. I had to go to three hardware stores before finding a store that had a working saw. Yes I do have my own saw at home but its high on a shelf and I didn’t want to get it down just do this one cut. Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the stencil and the contact paper came apart while it was cutting. Then a tried a piece of vinyl that misaligned while it was cutting. Finally once I got the stencil cut and I was stenciling the paint bled out of the boundaries of my stencil. Needless to say I need some Silhouette Cameo training 101…and a glass of wine.
Even through all that it was totally worth it, because I am so happy with how the Anniversary Typography turned out.
Ok enough with the drama and on to the project.
Since my 11th year wedding anniversary is September 25th I thought it would be a perfect time to create this Anniversary Typography project. I really should be buying my husband an anniversary gift, instead of working on this project, but lets just keep that a secret between you and I ;-). Not only do I love this project for me, but this would also make a great wedding, or anniversary gift for a another couple.
This project is easy and can be completed in about two – three hours time. Also this project was virtually free. I was able to score a free piece of scrap wood from The Home Depot and I had them cut it in half for me. The other supplies I had on hand.
- Plywood – mine measured 14 x 15 inches
- 2 different colors of paint
- Paint brush
- Sponge brush
I started out by sanding my piece of wood to remove any rough edges and split wood. Next I mixed some black paint to some light gray paint to create more of a charcoal gray color. I mixed it in with some BBFrosch to create my own chalk paint. If you saw my Flip Flop Bin post I used BBFrosch for that as well. Then I painted two coats of paint on the front and sides.
While the paint was drying I used my Silhouette Cameo to create my stencil. I played around a bit in Silhouette with different fonts and placements of letters before deciding on a final one. I recommend drawing something out or creating an image on the computer to help you get an idea of what the final piece will look like. If you don’t have a cutting machine you can make letters in a Word document, cut them out and trace them or purchase some stencils.
After I cut out my stencil I arranged it out on the board to get an idea of the stencil arrangement. Now I was ready to paint the letters and numbers. I created the letters and numbers on separate pieces so I could move the images around. Next I used a sponge brush for the stenciling. I used my current favorite paint color Bistro White mixing with BBFfrosch to create chalk paint.
As I mentioned before the paint bled in several places under the stencil. I was able to salvage it by sanding those areas away. After touching it up I did a final sanding over all the letters and numbers to continue with the vintage/rustic look.
Here are a few shots of it on the shelf.
Wow I love how it turned out! I have so many ideas to use typography art for other dates to commemorate such as birthdays, holidays, or word art, quotes, and on and on. Typography may just be my next new addiction.
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