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« on: August 16, 2013 08:18:56 PM »

A few months ago I bought a "painting"(it's just printed to look like a painting on canvas) with the intentions of doing something with it, the main idea being something with text, but I couldn't decide what I wanted the words to be. And then one day it dawned on me. "Mahal kita." It means 'I love you' in tagalog.

I printed out the letters, cut them out with an exacto knife, used spray adhesive to temporarily adhere the letters in place, painted a rough layer of white acrylic paint (I wanted to be able to see the brushstrokes and to somewhat see the image underneath slightly), and then peeled off the letters to let the old "painting" show through.

Unfortunately I forgot to take some before pictures, but the image was basically a garden with a stone path running through it.

I love how it turned out. I totally want to go back to the thrift store now and get more paintings to redo!

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013 09:11:44 PM »

I love it!  I have done this project several times before, with vinyl adhesive letters.  Me and my friends go to one of those paint-while-you-drink class places a LOT, and so this is my go-to method for ending up with a nice result if I happen to paint a "dud". Grin I love that you print out your own letters, though -- using the vinyl ones gets SO expensive, and this way, you can do whatever font you'd like!  Brilliant!

For anyone else reading, like chezlin said, it's important to choose a somewhat translucent color for the top coat so that you can still see the original painting peaking through -- from personal experience, I can say that the effect is a lot less impressive when you have a totally opaque topcoat.

I also love the particular words you chose -- I am lucky to have a special pinoy in my life who I get to say this to everyday -- so absolutely everything about this projects speaks to me.  Great job!

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    « Reply #2 on: August 17, 2013 11:15:37 AM »

    I've never seen this technique before, the results are fantastic.
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    « Reply #3 on: August 17, 2013 06:42:11 PM »

    LOVE how this turned out. <3
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    « Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013 10:31:08 PM »

    This is beautiful, I can't wait to try this myself! I've never seen this technique before, but it's brilliant!
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