How To: Kids Quote Canvas

Allie's February Jumpstart Project 2009

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Title: Kids Quote Canvas
Name: Allie
Time: 7-8 hours
Cost: About $30

Use a quotes for both inspiration and decoration! Click above for pics, below for the how-to and be sure to give Allie a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

Tools:
Canvas (24"x30")
Black acrylic craft paint (Plaid Brand)
Transfer Paper (Saral Brand)
Tape
Sharpie Pen
Assortment of brushes
Access to computer software for text layout (Illustrator, Photoshop, Word, etc)
Access to an oversized printer (Kinkos has them)
USB flash drive or cd with your text layout on it.

Steps:
1.Find or make up a quote for your child's space. I used a quote by children's author, Arnold Lobel, but I can imagine a quote by Dr. Seuss or Jack Prelutsky would also work well.
2. Use a word processing program such as Word or even Photoshop or Illustrator to lay out the text. I used Photoshop and the font "Courier New" and spaced everything out so the right and left margins were justified. Use black text on a white background.
3. Once you are satisfied with the layout, save your document to a flash drive or cd.
4. Visit your local Kinkos or any copy shop that has an oversized black & white printer. These are the printers that are usually used for architectural plans. Have them enlarge your document to the size of your canvas. In my case, it was 24" x 36". The cost to print a copy of that size was only $3.75.
5. Use transfer paper to cover the entire canvas. You may have to use a few pieces. Be sure the "transfer side" is face down on the canvas. Tape in place.
6. Lay your oversized copy on top of the transfer paper and canvas (words facing up). Be sure it's aligned with the canvas and not crooked. Tape in place.
7. Use a ball point pen and carefully trace over the words. I used a blue pen so I could clearly see what areas I had gone over. Use enough pressure so the words will be transferred to the canvas. After a while, your hand may hurt so take a break!
8. When you have finished tracing over all of the words, remove the enlarged copy and transfer paper.
9. The letters should now be visible on the canvas.
10. Use a fine tip permanent marker (Sharpie) and carefully trace around all of the letters. I did this so I wouldn't have to paint along the edges of the letters. I used a black sharpie because I was painting a black background. Match your background color to your sharpie (or other fine-tip permanent marker).
11. After you have traced around the letters, paint in the negative space between the letters (background). 12. Hang and admire!

Sources:
While one may not think of a copy store when creating home decor, it turned out to be my best resource.

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.