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Hey y’all! It’s been too long! I hope you missed me as much as I missed you. We have had a whirl wind of a past two months and finally the dust is settling. Writing from Texas now and loving every moment! I have some new exciting things happening here on the blog. First, I want to let you know we have some new awesome collaborators joining the FCM team! Second this post is from my ever talented sister in law Rana. She is one of those people who can make magic from the simplest things. One of the most creative and talented Mommas I know. So without further ado check out her first post a canvas sign tutorial. You’ll love it as much as I did!
Personalized Canvas Sign DIY
My grandma Mimi and I have always been close. When I was a toddler she and my grandpa raised me for a couple years while my dad was overseas in the Military, I think that added to our extra closeness, and we have so much in common – I really wish we lived closer to each other!
When she would tuck me in at night, she would always say “You and me together, forever, and ever”. As I got older when we would talk on the phone, she would always end with the same “You and me together, forever, and ever” – and even now when we text each other. When I tuck my kids in I find myself doing the same, but with a tickle at the end, ha ha.
Meaningful Gifts: “Written By Hand”
An awesome idea came to me a year ago as I was thinking about a meaningful Christmas present for her. I wanted to put that phrase on something… but what?! Life got busy and I didn’t know what to make or how to do it, I was waiting till something jumped out at me that I could make. But it never did, so I didn’t. I could type the phrase big on my computer onto photo paper and modge podge it to a canvas, but is that as meaningful as I am hoping it would be? Then this awesome book Written by Hand by Erica Tighe found me!
First off, I LOVED the intro of the writer’s backstory of living in a 3rd world country and how meaningful a handwritten letter from home was. Makes you think, doesn’t it? When was the last time someone wrote you a hand-written letter on paper, not just a greeting card with a signed name at the end? It made me want to buy pretty envelopes and paper and seal the envelopes with a wax seal and stamp! She talks about how before she read the name to see who a letter from home was, she could tell who it was from by the feel of the envelope, and a quick glance of the handwriting, or the feel of a wax seal on the back. Then she would save them to read when she was all alone at night and it was quiet, so she could savor every word.
SHE INSPIRED ME! I decided to make my grandma our phrase HANDWRITTEN on canvas! Perfect, and so much more meaningful. I followed her suggestions for centering the words, and the book gave me a nice reintroduction to cursive letters – ha ha ha, I am embarrassed to say I didn’t recognize about 6 of the cursive capital letters. I could only tell what they were by their placement in the alphabet. Apparently, I did not pay as much attention as I should have in school!
Easy Step by Step Directions
- First I painted my canvas in Antique White acrylic paint, and waited until it was fully dry.
- I outlined my lettering in permanent marker then filled it in. But this is about where my Sharpie started getting spotty. Next time I think I will just use a black paint marker – My Favorite Invention! I don’t have one, so in the end I went over it all in black paint. But I have much better control and cleaner lines with a paint marker. At this point I loved how it was starting to look! AND I had no idea how I wanted the top so I just did everything else and didn’t worry about it.
- I decided after trying about 4 different fonts that I just liked the one I was already using, next I free hand drew the bottom heart and arrows with a gold paint marker.
- All finished, and I LOVE how my handwritten canvas sign turned out!!
Now off to Pintrest to find how to do wax seals for handwritten letters!
If you have any questions or comments let us know! We would love to help answer them. What will you create next with personal and meaningful handwriting?