Monday, October 31, 2011

[ picking favourites ]

SINCE MY guy and I were celebrating our little first date anniversary this weekend, I decided to make him a present {don't you love it when someone takes the time to create something?} So I thought I'd make him a painting of our favourite saying.



This would have been a lot quicker if I had one of those fancy Silhouette machines, but nope, my method was totally old-school!

1. paint a background colour on a canvas {it may take a couple of coats so it's best to use a pre-mixed colour }


2. plan your layout and type out your words


3. print them out and piece together with tape, then position them in place


4. Lay a piece of carbon paper underneath and start tracing around each letter with light pressure {be careful not to rub your hand across as you go or you will dirty your canvas with carbon underneath}



5. start painting in the letters {take your time - put on some tunes and make an afternoon of it - you may need to go over them with a light second coat}


And voila! 


I know what you're thinking... why pink?

Well, I already knew where I wanted him to display it {is that bad?}... on his side of the bed!




So does this make you want to grab a brush and paint someone a compliment?

lisa




22 comments:

a happy little life said...

LOVE! Those are the very best gifts ever!

All things nice... said...

That's really nice :) What a thoughtful idea :)

All things nice...

Razmataz said...

Yes and no....to wanting to go grab my brushes...I'm not that tidy a painter! What a charming idea.

Leanne said...

haha...my most used quote is "it could be worse" :) it works so well in so many different situations...
i've been wanting to create a personal subway sign, but haven't come up with the courage to start.
yours turned out great!

Pinecone said...

Lisa,
You did a great job! So sweet, I am sure he loved it - and of course you needed to take the color into consideration - we are women after all...we need it to look right!
xo
Ashlyn

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

That's a lovely present! The hand lettering is much better :) thought we were the only ones who celebrated our first date anniversary!! Happy Halloween!

Meeling said...

Very cute Lisa!! I love the pre-planning involved as to where it was going to go! ;-)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love it as I'm sure he did too! Hope you had a wonderful celebration!

I want one of those machines for Christmas! Pinterest has inspired me to get crafty!
Have great MondaY !

Amanda said...

This is awesome and I love that you did it without the help of some new fangled silhouette machine. Thanks for sharing!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

Love it! And I love the vignette in the bedroom as well...so pretty. I think it is so sweet that you celebrate your first date. btw...thanks for the lovely comments over at my blog...the support is much appreciated. Congrats and Happy Monday!

flowers on my table said...

Congratulations on your date anniversary! What a cool present, I do hope he appreciated it? Thanks for your lovely comments Lisa and have a Happy Halloween. Love Linda x

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

ohmygosh! I love love love this. I'm totally going to make presents for my boys like this. Thanks for the tutorial!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Lisa...my fave post of the day!
Painting compliments...perfect!
~Lynne
[w/L]

beachvintage.com said...

Oh my goodness, this is just beautiful.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That is such a sweet gesture, yes, I love a handmade gift. It shows that the giver put his or herself into the present.

Willow said...

So sweet Lisa and very inspiring. Did you know it's "Random Acts of Kindness Day" this Friday? Great timing to paint some special words.

Jen @ Paisley Print Shoes said...

yes!! i love this so much!! and thanks for the tutorial...i may just try it!

Privet and Holly said...

THIS is adorable,
Lisa ~ just like you!
xx Suzanne

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Adorableness! That is so cute, and I enjoyed seeing how you made it. It has the perfect resting spot!

California Dreaming said...

This is a great idea! I want to make one! You make it look so easy!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Love this!!! Now I need to make one.

Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy said...

I love this idea! And the cute bedding! WHY have I not seen your blog before!! I'm going to read it alllll. ;)

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