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« on: August 03, 2011 02:19:08 PM »

Hi All!

Despite being a huge fan of Craftster and being on here all the time looking at what other people are crafting, I've not posted anything for aaages. Why?...I bought a house just over a year ago and have spent all my time since making it look pretty (and quirky).

I live on my own so don't really have much need for a 'dining room' so I've turned the space into a reading room/library and some quotes for the wall to brighten up the room fit in well with that.

The hardest part of this was to pick out some quotes that I liked, that suited me and were by people I love (not that I'm asking for much of course). Then I could get down to the actual crafting.

I got some canvases from poundland and painted them with the paint I had leftover from my living room (the two rooms are joined only by a set of double glass doors so I wanted them to match without being exactly the same). I printed out the quotes, in Lucida Calligraphy, then set about tracing them onto the canvases and painting them.

I used good old greaseproof paper to do the tracing (like when I was a kid), drawing around the writing, scribbling on the back then around again on top of the canvas to leave a faint line.

I used a really thin brush and some poster paint for the actual text. It took a lot of patience and a steady hand (and I still can't stay within the lines).

Here they are finished and on the wall. I must admit, I love it! It's not perfect, but then again 'Imperfection is beauty'. It looks good with my book wall too (of which I am very proud), I decided not to paper the wall on the left with traditional wallpaper, I cut up a book and covered it with that (looks pretty good if I do say so myself).

And finally...
The quotes are
'I'm very emotional; I think I may go mad in several years time' - Freddie Mercury
'I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I have ended up where I needed to be' - Douglas Adams
'I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all...there's no place like home' - Frank L. Baum
'Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring' - Marilyn Monroe
'Reality Depresses me. I like to find fantasy worlds and escape in them' - Noel Fielding

I've been thinking about doing this for a while, thank you Craftster for spurring me on to start this project!!!

Thanks for looking
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2011 02:40:59 PM »

What a great idea and I think you quotations are painted beautifully

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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011 11:02:34 AM »

I have to say I'm partial to the Douglas Adams quote myself...  Wink  42?

Anyway, my boyfriend and I are looking at rental houses and I may have to steal your lovely idea!!
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011 01:32:40 PM »

These are beautiful:) Well done
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2011 05:06:07 PM »

Great quotes!
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011 06:22:32 AM »

They look very nice!

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011 01:07:04 AM »

I love the quote variety and think you did a lovely job staying within in the lines!

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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2011 08:16:47 PM »

The chopped-up-books wall panels are great, too! 
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