Tuesday, September 4, 2012

[ my penguin DIY ]

I'VE ALWAYS been fond of Penguin Books and I've been seeing some great examples of covers used as art ~ like these orange prints by Alanna Cavanagh or the creative interpretations by Harland Miller...




I've had a canvas kicking around for a couple of years just waiting to be painted so I decided to make my own Penguin art! 

I started by Googling the Penguin Classics catalogue to choose a title and I couldn't have found a more perfect one for our seaside-style home: The Beach by Alex Garland. I found a pic of some old Penguin covers and decided to choose a colour from there ~ a pretty turquoise green...


Here's what I did. 

Let me start by saying that I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters out of vinyl to use as a stencil. This is the first time I've done this and a word of warning... the vinyl does not stick to painted canvas. I wish I had known this before I had already cut everything out. You'd be better off using the carbon paper tracing method like I did for my other canvas painting DIY here since all of the letters will need touching up with a fine brush anyway.

I marked off the areas with masking tape and painted the coloured bands on the canvas. Once dry, I used a rag dipped into watery grey paint to get a muddier tone since my paint was too bright. While this dried, I planned my layout and cut everything out of vinyl with my Silhouette...


Next I printed out the penguin and logo on paper and used carbon paper to roughly trace the shapes I would paint cream. Once dry, I applied {or tried to apply} my vinyl. The transfer paper was much stickier than the vinyl so I had a hard time removing it. Eventually I got it off and even though the vinyl wasn't sticking to the canvas, I pounced my paint on anyway with a stencil brush and hoped for the best. I removed the vinyl and smoothed around all of the text with a fine brush and black paint...


Once I had all the text painted on {don't drink too much coffee while you do this!}, I used some cream paint to make the edges slightly irregular and rubbed on some watery brown paint around the edges to dirty it up slightly {I didn't want it to look too rough}...



Done!


Despite the difficulties I had with the vinyl stencil plan, I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I think it provides a lovely splash of colour to our living room...


Do you love Penguins as much as I do?

lisa

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29 comments:

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

This looks freakin' awesome!!!!

Pinecone said...

Lisa,
You did such an amazing job. I love all of your diy's!! I love the color too!
xo
Ashlyn

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Ooooh I love this idea!! This is a DIY that I would actually do with enthusiasm. Very iconic books, and very cool method of creating wall art. Super cool.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I absolutely love it! You did a great job! Penguins are always my favorite at the zoo! (minus the stink)

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

Love this!! Beautiful job.
I just installed a series of London Review of Books covers over a sofa for a client. I think my client loves books even more than me!

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

This is absolutely beautiful Lisa. I wish I had Silhouette so I could copy this idea exactly as you did it. Love!

Elements said...

I love your blog and this canvas is just one of the reasons. So clever.

Kerstin said...

W*O*W!! That is so cool! You did a great job!

Carolyn@Sweet Chaos said...

You are KILLING me!! I love this! You are so talented. I wish I had an ounce of artistic ability, so I could copy cat you :)

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

Lisa! This is brilliant!
A true labour of love on labour day!
~Lynne
w/L.

Johanna said...

Really nice detail to hang! Brings good mood!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That is beyond creative! You did an amazing job and it's so unique.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love everything about this piece....the history, the colors, the lettering, the size.....wow! Pinning to my beach board dreams. :) (and following)

Meeling said...

So cool Lisa!! What a great job you did and I love the color that you picked!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

CRAZY LOVE for your painting. I am smitten. You could easily sell those, you know :) WOwowowow.

If you find yourself in London on Oct 2nd, I'd love to meet you at 'Blogger's Tea'! Details on my page :)

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Like it? I LOVE IT!
Job so very well done. I don't have a steady hand so I know I couldn't come close. I like how you did the corners as well, very cool.
Of course, now my mind is filling with ideas, which is a good thing I suppose :)

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

This is just perfect! I love the simplicity of yours, and they way it looks very real!

ordinette said...

just love it! I have a lot of Penguin books at home but had never thought about how the cover would look great on a white wall.! It's fabulous!
I am going to try and realize it by myself!!! Thanks for sharing!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Hello Lisa! You did SUCH a great job, and I love the cover's colour. Thanks for breaking out the steps for us, too! :) Cheers from London. Will

Razmataz said...

It's fabulous Lisa...I love the idea...who doesn;t like Penguin books. Part of all of our childhood.

Pinecone Camp said...

Love it so much! You did an amazing job, Lisa. You're a multi-talented girl!

Lissa Pierce said...

This is awesome!!!! What a great idea, and I love how you added some patina and rough edges. I might have to try this, but maybe on a smaller canvas. I wish I had the patience for a larger one :)

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Absolutely love this!! I had to pin it as I want to remember this one for sure :) I want to do a whole wall of different colours now! I also had the same problem with SIL vinyl and canvas :(

Formerly known as Frau said...

OMG! It turned out awesome I love it! Great job Lisa!

Meagan, in house nester said...

oh my god... LISA!!!! YOU MADE THAT? JESUS! You are one talented lady. Am so jealous. It looks amazing!!!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Awesome Lisa! LOVE this!

SHERRY HART said...

One word....LOVE!!!!!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

That looks INCREDIBLE! Fantastic job. The colour and title you chose are perfect.

Rebecca and Lori said...

Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I love it!
~Lori

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