So yesterday I was telling you all about my crafty girls night out. Today, I’m going to show you the (easy!) Frozen wall art I made from my painting.
Obviously, my painting was far from a masterpiece but the girls were super excited when they woke up the next morning and I told them I made it for them. Even more exciting was the fact that I told them I was going to turn it into a Let It Go painting. Cue squeal fest (we have a lot of those around here).
I mentioned yesterday that part of our Makers Night experience involved typography. More specifically, Justine from Orange Splot Art Spot taught us how to do an image transfer using tape and xeroxed quotes.
For some reason, my brain immediately went to Let It Go. OK, maybe it wasn’t really “some reason.” Maybe the reason is that Frozen has been all up in my face for months now and I can’t escape it. I knew the girls would love the idea, plus I feel like “let it go” is a great message in the first place—one that is a good one for them to see even when they’re over their obsession with the movie.
So the next day, I got to work laying the message out in a way that was whimsical and fun. You can get a free download of my Let It Go art here (if you use it, please show me! I’d love to see! Either tag me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
After it was all laid out, I printed it and took it to Office Depot to make a photocopy (for some reason, xeroxed copies work better than those printed at home on a laser printer). When I got home, I gathered my supplies:
- packing tape
- a shallow dish or pan
- a Sharpie
- glossy Mod Podge
- a paintbrush
- an old gift card
First, I covered the image in packing tape. I made sure to overlap the strips of tape so that they were all completely connected (don’t mind the eos lip balm stains at the bottom of the page 😉 ).
Once that was done, I filled my baking dish with water and placed the paper inside. The water breaks down the paper so that it peels away while the letters remain visible on the tape. Give yourself a good 10 to 15 minutes before you remove it from the dish. I made the girls some dinner and then wandered back to it.
At this point, you can peel the paper from the tape. There will be areas where the marker also rubs off. In some cases, that’s totally cool and it adds to the charm of the piece. In this case, I was going for letters that were more crisp and clear.
Once I got all of the paper off, I took my Sharpie and went back over my design to make sure it would stand out against my painting.Once you’re satisfied, place the tape over your painting (or whatever surface you’re transferring your image onto). It’s best to do this part right away (I waited a little too long and was left with more bubbles than I would’ve liked). Add a little Mod Podge to the back of your tape and use the old gift card to get all of the bubbles out. Next, add a layer of Mod Podge on top to seal it all down.
Voila! You have your very own, personalized wall art that your kids won’t be able to stop kissing you and proclaiming “I love you mommy!” for. Or, you know, wall art that looks really cool and grown up in your not-exploding-with-kids-things home. Either way, you can make some pretty awesome pieces with this technique—and it’s so easy!
Thanks for the inspiration, Justine!