I was on pinterest today (when am I not?!), and I saw these awesome letters by Joanne Fink at http://www.sakuraofamerica.com/zenspirations, and I knew I wanted to make a monogram S on a canvas for my last name. I probably made this project about 50x harder than it needed to be, as I traced this about 3 different times by the time it was done, instead of just freehanding it after I had it all painted- But it’s up to you- If you’re a good enough artist that you can freehand an awesome letter after it’s all painted, then by all means go ahead! But I am not, haha, so I traced it-This is my letter:
I made it as big as I could in paint and I printed it out- pretty simple. Then I taped it to the back of my canvas, held it up to light, and traced it on the front.
Then once it was all traced, I got out a sharpie and colored it in so I would still be able to see it once I put a layer of paint on my canvas.
I forgot to take a picture of the painted canvas before I re-drew it over the paint (OF COURSE) So you’ll just have to imagine what it would look like under a layer of paint, haha. Once I let the paint dry overnight, I held it up to light again and retraced over the paint with a thick sharpie- then, since one layer wasn’t enough around the letter, I painted another layer around my letter-
I let it dry, and here’s the finished product!
Now it’s also up to you whether you want to leave it as sharpie or use a little paintbrush and paint black over the top. That’s a little too much work for my and my time restraints right now, but I imagine I’ll decorate around the edges and add some bling to it! (I’ll update that as well, but I figured I better get a few new things up here since I haven’t done anything since May!!)
OK, So, side note- I completely recovered this since I didn’t really like the finished product. I went to Hobby lobby and got a wooden letter, painted it, got a square of fabric and stapled it to my canvas and glued the letter to the canvas.