Posted: Aug 04, 2014 9:00 AM
- 3 canvases in the size of your choice
- 1 piece of 8-1/2 x 11-inch card stock
- Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
- White acrylic paint
- Paintbrushes (1 medium and 1 small for touch ups)
- Clear adhesive sheets (like clear Con-Tact Paper)
- Small utility knife
- Cutting board
- 3 paper plates
- Print the words lather, rinse and repeat on a piece of card stock to use as your template.*
- Protect your work area completely.
- Place your template beneath the adhesive paper.
- Tape around the edges of the template to secure it in place.
- Working on your cutting board with a sharp utility knife, cut out your words, discarding the surrounding adhesive paper. (Cutting out the small interior parts of the letters first makes things much easier.)
- Peel the back off the adhesive and apply the sticky side of each word to the bottom right corner of the canvas as smoothly as possible. This takes patience and finesse, as the words can be tricky to position.
- Place a book beneath your canvas to use as a hard surface so that you can smooth your letters onto the canvas. (Otherwise, you could stretch the canvas by putting too much pressure on it without support.)
- Use the back of your fingernail (or wooden Popsicle stick) to burnish the edges of the words onto the canvas to create as tight a seal as possible to prevent the paint from seeping beneath the adhesive paper.
- Put your 3 paper plates on your work surface.
- On the first plate, squirt out enough of the colored paint to cover 1 of your canvases.
- On the next plate, create a 2-1 ratio, with 2 parts of the color and 1 part of the white.
- On the last plate, create a 1-2 ratio, with 1 part color and 2 parts white.
- Mix colors thoroughly.
- Using long, even strokes, paint the entire canvas, including the words.
- Allow paint to dry.
- Using your utility knife, lift up the edge of your words and slowly and gently peel them off the canvas.
- Use a small paintbrush and white paint to touch up any areas where the colored paint bled through (I had a fair amount of touching up to do.).
- Hang on your wall and enjoy.
Note^ I made my template with Picmonkey. I used their Black Jack font for this project.