October 27, 2010

Subway Art Revisited

I haven't forgotten about the number one project on my list: 

 Large Subway Art Sign

I am actually obsessed with finding out the best and least expensive way of reaching project completion. Chris from http://subwaysign.etsy.com/ has provided me with great advice and a link to his phenomenal subway signs that can be custom ordered.  You can select printed canvas or printed paper signs for more than reasonable prices.  Unfortunately, I am looking at a very specific size for my living room. 

Thus I continued on with practicing with my original plan: 

Print lettering off word doc.,transfer to contact paper.

Cut out with exacto knife.

 Transfer to painted canvas, spray paint black and peel off contact paper.
    Final product leaves me wondering. The outcome is a little messy and even for one letter this was time consuming. Back to the drawing board... Any ideas? Thoughts? Comments?  Thanks so much for visiting.


Raine and Sage said...

There was a feature in BH&G on how to custom make your own scroll recently. It's probably on their website? Good luck

Kristy said...

I have been wanting to do this also. I saw a version of this on lilblueboo@blogspot.com I tried to paste the link but was having trouble. Anyway if you scroll down on the left she posted something about it in January 2010 entitled Resolution Subway Art. She goes about it in a similar way, but almost in the reverse of what you are trying to do....plus she does it on wood rather than a canvas which probably gets a tighter seal so the paint would bleed less....check it out. If you have trouble getting to the blog this is one of the blogs I like to follow so it is on my blog roll. Interested to hear if this works for you.

Pat Brookes said...

I would determine the size by the frame size; then the letter sizes. Say 18x36. Buy a piece of baltic plywood, seal with white gesso, sand, seal again.

With different sizes and styles of letters, use colored chalk to draw vertical and horizontal lines, arrange the sayings on the board. Peel off the protective paper and then spray with flat black paint. Spray with a matte finish outdoors and wearing a mask when spraying. Frame, add hardware and hang.